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Interpretation and Application of Article 27

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Article 27 of the CRC focuses specifically on the rights of the child. The right of the child to an adequate standard of living goes beyond the purely material aspects of living such as food and housing. This chapter first discusses parents' responsibility towards their children. Admittedly, international human rights law is generally considered to be addressed to States, not to private actors such as parents. Millions of parents are too poor to ensure an adequate standard of living for the development of their children. What can be demanded from the parents is that they ensure to the maximum of their available resources the material conditions for the development of the child. The chapter interprets the words contained in Article 27(2) in light of other provisions in the CRC and from the practice of the CRC Committee, as expressed in its general comments and concluding observations.

Keywords: Article 27; CRC; international human rights law; parent's responsibility; rights of the child



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