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Children's Rights To Freedom Of Association, Assembly, And Privacy

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Article 15 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC or Convention) addresses the right of the child to freedom of association and to freedom of peaceful assembly. Article 16 addresses the right of the child to be free from "arbitrary or unlawful interference" with respect to privacy, family, home or correspondence, and unlawful attacks on their honor and reputation. Unlike Article 15, Article 16 contains no limitations clause. The provision concerns interference with an individual's personal sphere and is commonly referred to as the "right to privacy". Opponents of the CRC in the United States have argued that Articles 15 and 16, as well as other related articles that emphasize individual rights, significantly interfere with the role of the parent. This chapter discusses the relationship between parental rights and the rights of children enshrined in Articles 15 and 16 of the Convention.

Keywords: CRC; freedom of association; freedom of peaceful assembly; parental rights; United States



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