The most important rights of the child


The Convention on the Rights of the Child contains 54 principles that concern children at all levels and aspects of life. These include ensuring that States parties to the Convention provide protection and care for the welfare of the child, taking into account the rights and duties of their parents or legal guardians.

States Parties recognize the right of the child to life and ensure that the child's survival and development are maintained to the fullest extent possible. The Convention guarantees the child the freedom to form and express opinions on all matters affecting him, and the child must be heard in any judicial and administrative proceedings affecting him. The child has the right to protection from all forms of physical or mental violence, abuse, neglect, abuse or exploitation.

States parties to the Convention on the Rights of the Child also provide all means to provide a full and dignified life for a physically or mentally disabled child, so as to be a guarantor of dignity, enhancing self-reliance and increasing participation in community activities.