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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:
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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