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In 1999, the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and the Welfare of the Child was empowered to hear individual communications alleging violations of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. It should be noted that, although the African Committee on the Rights and Welfare of the Child is operational, it has yet to receive any communications. It is not necessary for your government to have formally recognised the competence of the Commission.

Article 46: Sources of Inspiration – ‘The Committee shall draw inspiration from International Law on Human Rights, particularly from the provisions of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, the Charter of the Organization of African Unity, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, and other instruments adopted by the United Nations and by African countries in the field of human rights and from African values and traditions.’