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Children's rights and parents
While the Convention on the Rights of the Child upholds a number of basic rights, it does not infringe on the rights of parents to decide what is best for their children.
Instead, it specifically states that governments shall make every effort to keep families intact, and shall provide support and assistance to parents in fulfilling their primary responsibilities with regard to the upbringing and development of their children.
The promotion of children's rights is not a matter of placing children in conflict with the adult authorities in their lives, but of encouraging all citizens to work together for a safe, healthy and productive future for children.
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