Saturday, 30 January 2016

The Rights of the Child

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is a legally-binding international agreement setting out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of every child, regardless of their race, religion or abilities.

All signatories are bound to the UNCRC by international law, and its implementation is monitored by the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Under the terms of the convention, states are required to meet the basic needs of children and help them reach their full potential. Central to this is the acknowledgment that every child has basic fundamental rights.

These include:

The right to life

The right to his or her own name and identity

The right to be protected from abuse or exploitation

The right to an education

The right to having their privacy protected

The right to be raised by, or have a relationship with, their parents

The right to express their opinions and have these listened to and 
where appropriate, acted upon

The right to play and enjoy culture and art in safety

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