Some general rights applicable to children include:
the right to life.
the right to security of person.
the right to freedom from torture.
Rights to Education, Voice, Legal, Food, Health
the right to freedom from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
the right to be separated from adults when charged with a crime, the right to speedy adjudication, and the right to be accorded treatment appropriate to their age.
A child is any human being below the age of eighteen years, unless under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier.” There are no definitions of other terms used to describe young people such as “adolescents”, “teenagers,” or “youth” in international law, but the children’s rights movement is considered distinct from the youth rights movement.
Human rights apply to all age groups; children have the same general human rights as adults. In 1989, however, world leaders decided that children needed a special convention just for them because people under 18 years old often need special care and protection that adults do not. The leaders also wanted to make sure that the world recognized that children have human rights too. The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the first legally binding international instrument to incorporate the full range of human rights—including civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights.
Children’s rights in the human rights framework
- The Convention on the Rights of the Child sets out the rights that must be realized for children to develop their full potential, free from hunger and want, neglect and abuse. It reflects a new vision of the child. Children are neither the property of their parents nor are they helpless objects of charity. They are human beings and are the subject of their own rights. The Convention offers a vision of the child as an individual and as a member of a family and community, with rights and responsibilities appropriate to his or her age and stage of development. By recognizing children’s rights in this way, the Convention firmly sets the focus on the whole child.