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UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child was formed in 1991 to monitor the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which gives a comprehensive collection of children's rights the force of international law. In October 2002, 191 countries had ratified or acceded to the Convention, a number that makes the treaty the most widely accepted human rights instrument ever. Only Somalia and the US had not ratified it in 2002. The Committee on the Rights of the Child is the body that monitors how well states are meeting their obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child. When a country ratifies the Convention, it assumes a legal obligation to implement the rights recognized in the treaty. The Convention on the Rights of the Child treaty spells out the basic human rights that children everywhere - without discrimination - have: the right to survival; to develop to the fullest; to be protected from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation; and to participate fully in family, cultural, and social life. This site provides additional details.

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