What is it?

In November 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Conventions are international treaties with norms and regulations for specific situations or groups of people. Today, over 190 countries have ratified the CRC, making it the most widely ratified human rights agreement in the world.

What does it mean?

The CRC defines everybody under the age of 18 as a child, including teenagers. World leaders agreed that children and adolescents up to this age should have a special convention to ensure that they receive the special care and protection they need. By signing the convention, governments also recognized that the human rights apply entirely to children, too.

The African charter on the rights and welfare of the child

Like the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) was created to protect children. The Charter spells out the rights that African countries must ensure for their children, and it is the main instrument of the African human rights system for promoting and protecting child rights.

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