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In only five years, the Convention on the Rights of the Child has been ratified by 174 countries.*

But children continue to be neglected and abused in many of the countries whose governments have solemnly set their seal on the Convention.

Hoda Badran, Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, argues that ratification is a statement of intent rather than of fact - a promise that governments must now begin to live up to.

*As at mid-April 1995

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