What is the CRC?
Everyone has human rights, including children. Convention defines a child as any human being under the age of eighteen. Each child has their own rights. The CRC has become the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history and has helped transform children’s lives worldwide.
In 1959, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. The UK signed the convention on 19 April 1990, and it came into force on 15 January 1992.
There are four essential principles of the convention that apply to all of the articles. These are:
- The best interest of the child
- Life, survival, and development
- Respect for the views of the child.
This convention has inspired the government to change policies to provide children with what they need to survive and develop. This includes nutrition and health care needs. There have been policies put into place to protect the children and allow their voices to be heard.
Every child deserves the right to an education and any other rights without being discriminated against.
Sex, age, race, religion should not play a factor in how they should be treated. Every child should receive equality and freedom.
However, many children worldwide are suffering and struggling and can’t have the childhood that many have. This is when the communities should come together and make sure the government and leaders fulfil their commitments. We, as a society can help many children by donating and educating others about this topic.
We can reduce death rates, reduce the number of malnourished children. Tell your family and friends about the committee and get involved. Use social media and spread awareness so we can make a difference.
State parties must submit a progress report every five years. The committee works to ensure the right protection is given to every child and make sure the state has a national plan for children.
The convention has 54 articles covering all aspects of a child’s life and set out the civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights that all children everywhere are entitled to.
The full list of articles can be viewed on the United Nations Human Rights website here.