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Article 8 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child concerns the rights of children to identity and their rights to have such identity preserved or, where necessary, re-established by the State. In order to understand the unique nature of Article 8 of the CRC, it is necessary to pay particular attention to the reason for its inclusion in the Convention. The Convention is a living instrument and its interpretation should reflect new developments that may arise in the area of children's rights. This is the introduction chapter of the book, which gives an overview of comparable human rights provisions. It then presents the drafting history of Article 8, followed by its interpretation in the light of this history. The chapter concludes with some thoughts about the possible meaning of the right to preserve your identity beyond the particular situation that led to this provision.

Keywords: Article 8; CRC; human rights provisions; rightsof children



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