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Article 4 of the CRC enables State obligations in relation to the Convention to be viewed in a holistic and comprehensive way. The CRC was drafted after a host of other human rights treaties had been adopted and widely ratified. The drafting of the CRC and its interpretation has benefited from interpretations and lessons learnt from the other previous treaties. Article 4 cuts across all the rights in the CRC and it is vital that their implementation is carried out in the light of Article 4. The implementation of Article 4, which is at the heart of States Parties' obligations, requires that detailed plans are made, and attention is given to evaluation of plans, review of legislation, assessing ways of measuring progress, as well involving various sectors in the planning and implementation process.

Keywords: Article 4; CRC; States Parties' obligations



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