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Scope of Article 31

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In the context of Article 31, public services can be privatized the same way private services may emerge where no public services existed in fields such as leisure, play and cultural activities. Over 60 States Parties have made reservations upon ratification on one or more provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The right to rest is as important as other fundamental rights, such as the rights to nutrition, clothing and housing; not respecting this right can be considered a form of abuse. The right to leisure is usually associated to the right to rest by most authors as originally they both relate to working conditions, including in Article 7 of the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) and Article 24 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

Keywords: Article 31; CESCR; CRC; Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)



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