What are rights?
rights are those basic standards without which people cannot
live in dignity. To violate someone’s human rights is to
treat that person as though she or he were not a human being.
To advocate human rights is to demand that the human dignity
people be respected.
Why do we need rights?
We all need rights, they ensure we survive, develop
and they protect us. Rights are also about having the opportunity
to be involved
and included on matters that affect us. Rights ensure that everybody
treated equally and fairly. Sadly not everyone around the world
has their human rights respected. Rights are the foundation of
Did you know that there is a special set of rights for children
and young people across the globe?
This set of rights is for children and young people
(up to 18 years old). It is called the 'United Nations Convention
the Child'. On the 20th November 1989, the United Nations (UN)
approved the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is now
agreement that countries sign up to obey. Once countries ratify
(agree to uphold) the convention they are legally bound to
what it says.
So what does the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child has 54 articles.
Each article outlines a different right. They cover four
of rights; survival, protection, development and participation.
For example Article 28 says you have a right to an education,
do you think it falls into? Articles 43-54 are about how
adults should work together to make sure all children and young
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