The Rights of a Child

The United Nations adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1959. The ten principles are an appeal to individuals, organizations and governments to recognize and meet the special needs of children everywhere.

  • Every child has the right to affection, love and understanding.
  • Every child has the right to adequate nutrition and medical care
  • Every child has the right to free education
  • Every child has the right to full opportunity for play and recreation
  • Every child has the right to a name and nationality
  • Every child has the right to special care, if handicapped.
  • Every child has the right to be among the first to receive relief in times of disaster.
  • Every child has the right to be a useful member of society and to develop individual abilities.
  • Every child has the right to be brought up in a spirit of peace and universal brotherhood.
  • Every child has the right to enjoy these rights, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national or social origin.
  • Every child has the right to an opportunity to develop physically, mentally and morally in freedom and dignity.

Here we are, more then fifty years later, and we still haven’t been able to apply even one of these rights inclusively to all children in the world.  Not even a single one of the most powerful countries in the world is even able to claim to have accomplished providing these rights to all of their own children.

 

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