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The Convention on the Rights of the Child (Childrens Convention or Convention) envisioned a new world order for children. The discussion about children and traditional biomedical practices, however, comes across as alienated from both strands of rights. The most prevalent path taken by many scholars and human rights activists addressing the issue has been the protective approach. One of the underlying assumptions about relationships as mediums of rights is that there is some leverage of choice. The most prevalent argument raised against traditional bodily practices is that the practices are physically harmful, intrusive, or unnecessary. The analysis of a given bodily practice under the identity path comes into play only after the practices that are harmful are excluded. For childrens biomedical (and other) rights to have meaning, the appropriate space for childrens voices to be heard must be provided.

Keywords: childrens biomedical rights; Childrens Convention; human rights; traditional biomedical practices



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