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Convention on the Rights of the Child
(CRC)

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The Convention on the Rights of the Child as Photo Essay

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted by the United Nations in November 1989, spells out the basic human rights to which children everywhere are entitled. It has since been ratified by all governments except the richest, the United States of America, and one of the poorest, Somalia.

The following sections of the Convention are of particular interest to anyone concerned about the relationship between children, young people and the media.

• Article 12 refers to children's rights to express their own opinions and to have them taken into account in any matter affecting them.

• Children's right to freedom of expression is defined in Article 13, which also says that they have a right to receive and disseminate information.

• Article 17 recognises "the important function performed by the mass media," and calls on those governments who have signed up to the Convention to "ensure that the child has access to information and material from a diversity of national and international sources." It also encourages the media "to disseminate information and material of social and cultural benefit to the child," and calls on governments to encourage the development of guidelines to protect children from harmful material.

• Articles 28 and 29 (the right to education), Article 31 (the right to participate in leisure, cultural and artistic activities), and Articles 34 and 36 (which require that children should be protected from sexual and other forms of exploitation, including pornography) are also relevant.

The Committee on the Rights of the Child, based in Switzerland, monitors the progress of the Convention - receiving reports from individual countries and recommending how each country could further improve the lives of children.

The full text of the Convention, plus frequently asked questions, commentary and sections on what teachers, parents, individuals, children and organizations can do, can be found on the UNICEF website.

Here are links to the Convention on the Rights of the Child in additional languages, including some child-friendly versions of the CRC:

Child Rights Album
in Serbian, Albanian, Hungarian and Romani

If you have a link to the Convention on the Rights of the Child in a language that is not represented in this list, please send us and email with the link and we will add it.

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