Every child and young person has rights and it’s important to know what they are. Knowing your rights will give you confidence.
Universal Children’s Day is celebrated on 20 November every year. This is date that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) was created in 1989. The Convention applies to all children and young people aged 17 years and younger. The UN Convention has 54 articles which are different parts of the Convention, that say what rights children have, and how the Government should protect those rights.
The Convention gives children and young people a set of rights that include their right to health, an education, rest and play. It also says that governments must do everything they can do to protect and support children and young people. “Every child has the right to be alive and be the best person they can be.” What are my rights?
Some of your basic rights include:
- A free education
- A fair standard of living
- Not to be abused in any way
(Taken and adapted from ChildLine UK www.childline.org.uk)
The Cambodian Government has signed up to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Read more information about the convention and what it says.