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Convention on the Rights of the Child

Source: United Nations Publications, 1989. The United Nations is the author of the original material. Available from <http://www.ohchr.org>. Reproduced by permission.

Introduction: The first international law to combine civil, political, economic, and cultural rights into one document, the Convention was adopted by the United Nations in 1989. It acknowledges that, separately from their parents, children have certain basic rights. The most widely ratified international document in the world, the Convention—partially reproduced below—sets forth standards for social services, health care, and education for children in all member nations.

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