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 The Convention on the Rights of the Child
 

CHILDREN's
RIGHTS


ARABIC
CRC

CHINESE
CRC


DANISH
FN:s Konvention
om Barnets
Rettigheder

DUTCH
Verdrag inzake de Rechten van het Kind

ENGLISH
Convention
on the Rights
of the Child


FINNISH
Yleissopimus
Lapsen Oikeuksista

FRENCH
Convention relative
aux droits de l'enfants

GERMAN
Übereinkommen
über die Rechte
des Kindes

ITALIAN
Convenzione sui diritti dell'infanzia

JAPANESE
CRC

NORWEGIAN
FN:s Konvensjon
om barnets rettigheter

PORTUGUESE
Convenção sobre dos Direitos da Criança

RUSSIAN
CRC

SPANISH
Convención
sobre los
Derechos del
Niño

SWEDISH
FN:s konvention
om barnets
rättigheter

TURKISH



MORE OF
HUMAN
RIGHTS


ARABIC

BRAZ-
PORTUGESE

CHINESE
UDHR, Chinese

DUTCH

ENGLISH
Universal
Declaration of
Human Rights


FRENCH

GERMAN

ITALIAN

JAPANESE

PORTUGUESE
Declaração
Universal
dos Direitos
Humanos


RUSSIAN

SWEDISH
 
 
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The States Parties to the present Convention -
  • Considering that, in accordance with the principles proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations, recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

  • Bearing in mind that the peoples of the United Nations have, in the Charter, reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights and in the dignity and worth of the human person, and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

  • Recognizing that the United Nations has, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the International Covenants on Human Rights, proclaimed and agreed that everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status,

  • Recalling that, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations has proclaimed that childhood is entitled to special care and assistance,

  • Convinced that the family, as the fundamental group of society and the natural environment for the growth and well-being of all its members and particularly children, should be afforded the necessary protection and assistance so that it can fully assume its respon-sibilities within the community,

  • Recognizing that the child, for the full and harmonious development of his or her personality, should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding,

  • Considering that the child should be fully prepared to live an individual life in society, and brought up in the spirit of the ideals proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations, and in particular in the spirit of peace, dignity, tolerance, freedom, equality and solidarity,

  • Bearing in mind that the need to extend particular care to the child has been stated in the Geneva Declaration on the Rights of the Child of 1924 and in the Declaration of the Rights of the Child adopted by the General Assembly on 20 November 1959 and recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (in particular in articles 23 and 24), in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (in particular in article 10) and in the statutes and relevant instruments of specialized agencies and international organizations concerned with the welfare of children,

  • Bearing in mind that, as indicated in the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth,

  • Recalling the provisions of the Declaration on Social and Legal Principles relating to the Protection and Welfare of Children, with Special Reference to Foster Placement and Adoption Nationally and Internationally; the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Administration of Juvenile Justice (The Beijing Rules); and the Declaration on the Protection of Women and Children in Emergency and Armed Conflict,

  • Recognizing that, in all countries in the world, there are children living in exceptionally difficult conditions, and that such children need special consideration,

  • Taking due account of the importance of the traditions and cultural values of each people for the protection and harmonious development of the child,

  • Recognizing the importance of international co-operation for improving the living conditions of children in every country, in particular in the developing countries,

... have agreed as follows:

Part I

Article 1
For the purposes of the present Convention, a child means every human being below the age of 18 years unless, under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier.

Article 2
1. States Parties shall respect and ensure the rights set forth in this Convention to each child within their jurisdiction without discrimination of any kind, irrespective of the childs or his or her parents or legal guardians race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or other status.

2. States Parties shall take all appropriate measures to ensure that the child is protected against all forms of discrimination or punishment on the basis of the status, activities, expressed opinions, or beliefs of the childs parents, legal guardians, or family members.

Article 3
1. In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.

2. States Parties undertake to ensure the child such protection and care as is necessary for his or her well-being, taking into account the rights and duties of his or her parents, legal guardians, or other individuals legally responsible for him or her, and, to this end, shall take all appropriate legislative and administrative measures.

3. States Parties shall ensure that the institutions, services and facilities responsible for the care or protection of children shall conform with the standards established by competent authorities, particularly in the areas of safety, health, in the number and suitability of their staff, as well as competent supervision.

Article 4
States Parties shall undertake all appropriate legislative, administrative, and other measures for the implementation of the rights recognized in the present Convention. With regard to economic, social and cultural rights, States Parties shall undertake such measures to the maximum extent of their available resources and, where needed, within the framework of international co-operation.
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