Submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child Review of Bhutan

In its 2017 concluding observations on Bhutan’s report under the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, this Committee “recommend[ed] that [Bhutan] endorses the [Safe Schools] Declaration as a commitment to protect students, educational staff and infrastructure during armed conflict, particularly relevant in the context of the State party’s participation in United Nations peacekeeping operations.”0F The Safe Schools Declaration is an inter-governmental political commitment that provides countries the opportunity to express political support for the protection of students, teachers, and schools during times of armed conflict1F ; the importance of the continuation of education during armed conflict; and the implementation of the Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict. As of June 2021, 109 countries have endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration. Bhutan has yet to endorse this important declaration.