(UNOG) – The Committee on the Rights of the Child today considered the second periodic report of the Central African Republic on its implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Flavien Mbata, Minister of Justice, Human Rights, and Keeper of the Seals of the Central African Republic, introducing the report, said that the Central African Republic had harmonized its legal framework with international norms in the domain of children’s rights, and had adopted the law on worst forms of child labour, raised the age of criminal responsibility to 13, and limited the pre-trial detention of minors to 10 hours.  The ratification of the Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict in October 2016 was very timely as some 10,000 children had been demobilized from the armed forces, despite the crisis gripping the country.