The Convention on the Rights of the Child contains 54 articles, or paragraphs, which address various rights that you have if you are a child, ie under 18 years of age. Here is a selection of articles in the Convention on the Rights of the Child in a simplified version, for children and young people.
Here we present some of the articles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in an abbreviated version.
These rights apply to all children under 18 in the world.
All children have the same rights and should not be discriminated against. Nobody should treat you badly because of your appearance, your skin colour, your gender, your language, your religion, or your opinions.
When adults make decisions affecting children, they must think about what is in the best interests of the child. Politicians, authorities and the courts must consider how their decisions affect children, whether it is one child or many.
You have the right to life, and to be able to develop.
You have the right to a name and a nationality.
You have the right to live with your parents unless it’s bad for you. You have the right to be brought up by your parents, if possible.
You have the right to say what you think. Your opinions should be respected in all matters concerning you – at home, at school and by the authorities and the courts.
Your parents are jointly responsible for your upbringing and development. They must always put your interests first.
You have the right to protection from all forms of violence, neglect, abuse and mistreatment. You should not be exploited by your parents or other guardians.
You are entitled to receive care if you have lost your family.
If you are a refugee, you have the right to protection and assistance. If you are in a new country, you have the same rights as all other children there. If you arrived alone, you should be given help to reunite with your family.
All children have the right to a good life. If you have a disability you have the right to extra support and help.
When you are sick, you have the right to receive all the help and care you need.
You have the right to go to school and to learn about important things, including respect for human rights, your own and other cultures and the equal value of all people.
The thoughts and beliefs of every child should be respected. If you belong to a minority, you have the right to your own language, your own culture and your own religion.
You have the right to play, rest and free time, and the right to live in a healthy environment.
You should not be forced to do hazardous work that prevents your schooling and damages your health.
No one should subject you to abuse or force you into commercial sexual exploitation. If you are treated badly, you are entitled to protection and help.
No one is allowed to kidnap and/or sell you.
No one should punish you in a cruel and harmful way.
You never have to be a soldier or take part in armed conflict.
You have the right to information and knowledge about your rights. Parents and other adults should know about the Convention on the Rights of the Child.