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The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

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A quarter of a century ago, the world made a promise to children: that we would do everything in our power to protect and promote your rights to survive and thrive, to learn and grow, to make your voices heard and to reach their full potential.

Under the leadership of the United Nations, world leaders came together and created the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1989. By ratifying the CRC, national governments have committed themselves to protecting and ensuring children's rights, and agreed to be accountable before the international community. More importantly, they are obliged to undertake all actions and develop policies to ensure that the best interests of the child are well looked after.

Today, 196 countries have ratified the CRC, making it the most widely ratified human rights agreement in the world. Somalia is the latest country to do so when Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, Prime Minister of Federal Republic of Somalia, presented the official documents to the UN on 1 October 2015.

By ratifying or acceding to the CRC, national governments have committed themselves to protecting and ensuring children's rights – and they have agreed to be accountable before the international community. In addition, they are obliged to undertake all actions and develop policies to ensure that the best interests of the child are well looked after.

When signing the CRC in Mogadishu on January 2015, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, said these words to all Somali children: “We have promised you full and equal access before the law. We have promised to make sure that you never have to become a soldier until you are old enough to make that decision for yourself. We have promised to support your families to love and care for you and not to abandon you, or try to profit from you. We have promised to protect you from people who may have bad intentions. We have promised that regardless of whether you are a boy or a girl, you will have equal access to all the opportunities that life will bring you: to have a good education and to get a good job. We have promised to respect your right to thinking independently and to express those thoughts.” 

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What’s in the CRC?

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Convention on the Rights of the Child

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