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What are rights?

Human 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 of all 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 is treated equally and fairly. Sadly not everyone around the world has their human rights respected. Rights are the foundation of democratic society.

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 on the Rights of the Child'. On the 20th November 1989, the United Nations (UN) approved the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is now an international 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 say?

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child has 54 articles. Each article outlines a different right. They cover four different groupings of rights; survival, protection, development and participation. For example Article 28 says you have a right to an education, which group do you think it falls into? Articles 43-54 are about how adults should work together to make sure all children and young people have their rights met.

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