Coordination of these matters

In this new mandate, in which Soledad Becerril is the Defensora del Pueblo, the Internal Coordination and Governance Committee has designated the Second Deputy, Concepció Ferrer, to be the person responsible for coordinating the work of the different areas on the rights of children, with the aim of better protecting and defending them. The Defensor and her Deputies don’t work alone; they have a team of other people helping them.

This way of organising the work had made it possible to comply with the recommendations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child. The Committee considers that the States Parties, on ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child, have undertaken to establish a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) that will promote and protect the rights of children, in accordance with the principles of constitutional provision, independence, broad mandate, pluralistic composition, sufficient resources and accessibility for persons who have suffered, or may suffer, violations of their rights (General Observation No. of November 2 2002).

The Committee on the Rights of the Child also stresses that the NHRI must monitor, promote and protect the rights of the child, independently and effectively. The functions of promoting and protecting the rights of the child must be part of its main activities. It also recommends that the structure of the NHRI should include a specialised commissioner, or a specific section or division, to deal with the rights of the child and publicise the actions it undertakes to protect the rights of children.

In 2000, the Defensor del Pueblo was recognised by the United Nations as a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) that fully complies with the principles required to promote and protect human rights, which include promoting and protecting the rights recognised in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and publicising the work carried out in compliance with this mandate.