Child  Rights

Next year it will be thirty years since the ratification of The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – a human rights treaty which sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children.

Given the current issue in the USA, of border crossing and of children being separated from families, I thought it timely to look at the Convention.

Article 9 states children should not be separated from their parents unless harm or safety is an issue.

In child friendly terms it says, “You have the right to be with your parents unless it is bad for you.

You have the right to live with a family that cares for you.”

Every five years Australia reports to the United Nations on how Australia is meeting its international obligations to children-how Australia is progressing or not progressing in terms of meeting its obligations to children in Australia under international law.

This year, the Australian Human Rights Commission, led by National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchells, will report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about Australia’s progress in meeting its child rights obligations by 1 November 2018. The Committee monitors Australia’s implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and its optional protocols on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, and on the involvement of children in armed conflict.

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