The United Nations Convention On The Rights Of The Child

In 1989 a really important decision was made around the world. World leaders came together in the United Nations and made an important promise to the world’s children. They made a promise to every child to protect and fulfil their rights, by adopting an international legal framework – the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Children are human beings and individuals with their own rights. The Convention says childhood is separate from adulthood, and lasts until 18; it is a special, protected time, in which children must be allowed to grow, learn, play, develop and flourish with dignity. The Convention went on to become the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history and has helped transform children’s lives.

Here are some of the Rights

Article 9: Separation from parents

Children must not be separated from their parents.

Article 3: Best interests of the child

The best interests of the child must be a top priority.

Article 31: Leisure, play and culture

Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

I think that all children should have all of these rights.



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