Children have rights to a safe and healthy environment, clean water, nutritious food, and protection from exploitation. Every society has a stake in providing these rights for children. Unfortunately, children are disproportionately affected by poverty. One in six children lives in poverty, and many families struggle to provide even basic health care and nutrition for their children. Fortunately, there are many steps that governments can take to help these children and their families.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) provides a framework for UNICEF’s work. This agreement has radically changed the way children are treated, and how they are viewed as human beings. Its unprecedented acceptance demonstrates the worldwide commitment to advancing the rights of children. With the passage of time, children’s rights have continued to be protected by the United Nations.
Children need protection and nurturing, as well as control and discipline. Trying to grant them adult rights is not only harmful to the children, but to society as a whole. Children should not be given rights that are contrary to their best interests, and they should not be given such rights if it’s not a good idea.
The claim that children have rights is somewhat qualified and thinly defined. Children do have rights to understand and express their preferences, but this is not enough to entitle them to ownership of their rights. It is also important to consider that children may not possess all of the capacities associated with role-dependent rights. In some cases, a child may be denied access to basic rights because of the disease.
Children should not be separated from their parents, and parents should have the right to be in constant contact with their children. Children should also be allowed to travel with their parents, even if they are living in different countries. Children also deserve to be well-fed and have access to clean water, electricity, and safe housing. They should also be taught about good hygiene and health habits in schools.
Children’s rights also include collective and individual rights, including rights of refugee children from minority and autochthonous groups. These rights are human rights that are specifically tailored for children. They take into account child development, and are accompanied by a plan to meet children’s basic needs. These rights are a cornerstone of human rights.
Some people argue that children should not have all the rights of adults, because their capacity is insufficient for them to exercise them. Others argue that the idea of children as rights holders has been the subject of various philosophical debates. These debates shed light on the nature and value of rights and the moral status of children. The UNCRC is a classic example of this.
Will theorists do not want to deny children rights. Therefore, they propose that they can have representatives who would choose for them as though they were capable of doing so. The representative would exercise this proxy choice only when the children were incapable of doing so themselves. Despite the fact that this approach acknowledges that children will eventually become capable of exercising their own rights, it still maintains that their rights are based on their interests and those of other adults.