Implementing Article 12 in practice
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The fundamental importance of Article 12 as a general principle of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 (CRC) is of little consequence unless it is effectively implemented at domestic level. Up until relatively recently, states parties, in the absence of guidance from the Committee on the Rights of the Child, adopted a myriad of ways of implementing Article 12 in practice. However, in July 2009, the committee issued its much awaited General Comment on Article 12, which contains a number of strategies to aid implementation and provides a benchmark of minimum standards attempting to promote some level of consistency between states. However, in reality, many barriers to the effective realisation of the right of the child to be heard remain, largely owing to the essentially autonomous and challenging nature of this right.