Children’s Rights in Human Rights Law


In human rights law, a child is defined as any person under the age of eighteen. According to UNICEF, there are approximately 2.2 billion children in the world. It is important to teach children that they are precious and unique. Until the end of time, there will not be another child like them.

Children need to be nurtured, supported, and disciplined. Giving them adult rights would be counterproductive to their development, their future, and society at large. The following is a brief description of the process. Infancy is the foundation of human development. The first stage lasts until a child reaches around three years old.

Between 2010 and 2030, as many as one-third of children will be unable to attend school. This situation violates children’s rights and perpetuates intergenerational cycles of disadvantage. It also compromises the stability of nations and societies. The 2030 Agenda should provide adequate resources and services for every child to achieve his or her full potential.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted in 1989, defines a child as a human being under the age of eighteen. The convention outlines a series of rights for children, including the right to life and the right to express oneself freely. It also makes a distinction between moral and positive rights.

The European Commission issued a document on children’s rights in 2006, which gives new impetus to child rights in the EU. The document contains seven objectives for the Commission to pursue, as well as criteria for the 2011 EU Agenda. The Commission has also developed an action plan for unaccompanied minors and is actively pursuing violence against children through the DAPHNE programme.

Another important goal of the Child Rights Convention is to ensure that children are treated like people, not mere subjects. Many adults and societies treat children as being incapable of independent thought or feelings. The Child Rights Convention aims to promote the notion that children are real people, and have feelings and can participate in decision-making. This concept of children is the foundation for a child-centered approach to child rights.

Modern attitudes towards children began to emerge by the late nineteenth century. The Victorian middle and upper classes put a high emphasis on the role of parents and the sanctity of children. This attitude continues to influence most Western societies today. During this time, the genre of children’s literature began to grow. Humorous children’s books and fantasy books became popular. Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was a significant milestone in this genre. Moreover, it launched the first “Golden Age” of children’s literature.

The second goal of Will theorists is to recognize that children have rights and that their rights can be exercised. The goal is to ensure that children are given the same rights as adults. This is a significant advance in the understanding of human rights. The underlying premises of both theories are similar: a person’s rights can be exercised through a combination of rights and duties. In this way, both theoretical approaches are compatible with child rights.