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The United Nations (UN) Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR Committee) pointed out as far back as 1990, in terms of political and economic systems the CESCR is neutral. The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in general, and the right to benefit from social security as guaranteed by Article 26 of the CRC in particular, are beyond ideology. By adhering to the specific and technical meaning of the right, the CRC Committee might sometimes be able to offer children an enhanced protection in practice. The interpretation of Article 26 of the CRC should therefore be guided by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions and the conceptual analysis of the right to social security by the CESCR Committee and the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR).

Keywords: child rights; Committee on Economic; Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR); CRC Article 26; European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR); International Labour Organisation (ILO); United Nations (UN)



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