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20th anniversary of the Rights of the Child

On 20 November 2009, the international community celebrated the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by the United Nations General Assembly. The Convention aims to uphold the rights of all children, including their right to be protected from all forms of violence, torture, degrading treatment and deprivation of liberty.

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The special rights of the child were first enunciated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) which states in Article 25(2) "Motherhood and Childhood are entitled to special care and assistance."

This International Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on the thirtieth anniversary of this document, 20 November 1989, is a binding treaty to which 176 nations have become "states parties".

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the world’s most widely ratified human rights treaty. It spells out the basic human rights that children everywhere have: the right to survival; to develop to the fullest; to protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation and to participate fully in family, cultural and social life.

CBM’s mandate is particularly relevant to principle five of the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child, which states: "the child who is physically, mentally or socially handicapped shall be given the special treatment, education and care required by his particular condition."
CBM helps children to reach their full potential

Every day children with disability are denied their basic human rights.  If there is to be a long term impact on people’s lives the full inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of life needs to be promoted.
  • Children with disabilities are more likely to die young, neglected or poor.
  • Children with disabilities are more likely to be malnourished.
  • In some countries 80% of children with disabilities under the age of five may die.
  • Less than 2% of children with serious disabilities are 2-3 more times more likely to be victims of physical or sexual abuse.
  • Mortality of children with disabilities can be as high as 80% even in countries where overall mortality of under-fives is below 20%[1].
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (United Nations 1989), being the first binding instrument in international law to deal with the rights of children, is an important source of rights for children with disabilities.

CBM recognises and advocates that children with disability have the same rights and opportunities as every other child. Due to the high level impact of early intervention, CBM prioritises activities that benefit children with disabilities.

Your support will help reach more persons with disabilities in the poorest parts of the world. To make a general donation to CBM's work, please go to our 'donate' page.


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