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Commentary

Most of the world's governments have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Now the challenge is to move from universal acceptance to universal observance.

In all regions of the world, children continue to be malnourished, to be plagued by preventable disease, to be denied even a basic education. They continue to be exploited, prostituted, and abused in the home, at work, and in war.

These pages set out some of the worst and most widespread violations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.