ERIC Number: ED317472
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
In the Child's Best Interest: A Primer on the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. New Edition-Revised Text.
The purpose of this book is to explain the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which sets standards for the protection and care of children. No country protects the rights of all its children or provides them with an adequate standard of health care, education, day care, housing and nutrition, or properly protects them from abuse, neglect and exploitation. Further political commitment to the protection of children, in the form of a legal code, is needed. In 1988, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, aided by the intergovernmental bodies and many international voluntary organizations, drafted the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the second draft has now been completed. Human rights are the fundamental freedoms and protections to which all human beings are entitled. The general rule is that children are afforded the same basic rights as adults, but, because they are especially vulnerable, they require special rights to protect them and to meet their unique needs. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child consolidates existing international law on children and establishes new standards. The Convention defines the rights and needs of children in terms of social, economic and cultural rights, as well as their civil and political rights. These are categorized under: (1) the right to survival; (2) the right to protection; and (3) the right to develop. It is vital that governments and the public be made aware of the Convention and its provisions. A summary of the draft articles and the complete text of the Convention are included in Appendixes I and II. The text is illustrated with children's drawings. (AS)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Child Advocacy, Child Welfare, Childhood Needs, Children, Childrens Rights, Civil Liberties, International Cooperation, International Law, International Organizations, Justice
Defense for Children International-USA, 210 Forsyth Street, New York, NY 10002.
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foster Parents Plan International, East Greenwich, RI.; Defense for Children International-USA, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child