Children have a right to freedom of expression and religion. Parents should allow their children to express their views, as long as they do not hurt others. A child has the right to form groups or meet people of the same faith or religion as them, as long as they do not harm them. A child’s right to freedom of speech and religion also allows them to be part of groups. However, a child must not hurt others in exercising their rights.
Children’s rights are guaranteed by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Every five years, the Committee on the Rights of the Child reviews the performance of countries based on their commitment to children’s rights. As of May 2004, only 63 of the Convention’s decisions have been ratified by the United States. In the meantime, World Vision and other organizations are working to advocate for children’s rights. They have been working for children’s rights for decades, and have a proven track record in achieving these goals.
Children’s rights also include the right to be treated with dignity and respect. They are entitled to food, clothing and a place to live. The government must support those families that cannot afford these basic necessities, as well as ensure that children get an education regardless of their circumstances. Education should be free and accessible to all, and children should be encouraged to attend school to the highest level possible. School discipline should be in accordance with the rights of children, as should the environment and other people.
Governments should promote awareness of UNCRC principles and provisions, and inform both children and adults of their existence. The UNCRC was written by Professor Geraldine Van Bueren, QC, and explains what children rights are and how governments protect them. Children should also have access to legal help, and be able to stay in touch with family. The UNCRC is a powerful tool, but we should remember that it is not the only way to protect children’s rights.
The UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was adopted in 1989, sets the basic human rights of all children under the age of 18. This global treaty, ratified by 194 countries, outlines the rights of the person below the age of 18 years. With these rights, children can live free from fear and violence. The UN also recognizes the vulnerability of children and aims to protect them as much as possible. It’s essential that all countries comply with this convention.
States Parties must use their best efforts to promote the recognition of the principle of shared responsibilities. Parents and other responsible adults have the primary responsibility of raising a child. The best interests of the child will be the primary concern of any institution of government. Further, states parties must render assistance to parents to meet their obligations and ensure the development of institutions for child care. There is a growing need for these rights, and a lack of it in many cases makes it difficult for children to achieve the rights they deserve.