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An Introduction To The U.N. Convention On The Rights Of The Child

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The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the most widely acclaimed human rights treaty in history. One hundred ninety-two nations have now ratified or acceded to this landmark instrument, with the exception of the United States and Somalia. The CRC reflects universal aspirations and standards for the recognition, care, and protection of our most vulnerable population-children. It is a comprehensive framework for the rights of children, consisting of 42 separate articles addressing these rights, plus a Preamble. One of the CRC's most important membership rights is the child's right not to be discriminated against, irrespective of the child's or his or her parents or legal guardian's race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, birth, disability, or other status. In addition, the CRC holds that each child has the right to a name and a nationality.

Keywords: human rights treaty; nationality; Rights of the Child (CRC); Somalia; U.N. Convention; United States



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