Monday, July 28, 2014

The Rights Of A Child

It is alarming how children around the world have fallen victim to violence, hunger, disease, and trafficking. I am appalled to read about these things in the news. The children are the future of our world and they deserve every bit of love, respect and attention.

I write today because I feel that there is a need to increase awareness and to remind the world on the Rights Of The Child.


(Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 1386 (XIV) 10 December 1959)

1. The child shall enjoy all the rights set forth in this declaration, Every child, without any exception whatsoever, shall be entitled to these rights, without distinction or discrimination on account of race,color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status, whether of himself or of his family.

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2. The child shall enjoy special protection, and shall be given opportunities and facilities, by law and by other means, to enable him to develop physically, morally, mentally, spiritually and socially, in a healthy and normal manner and in conditions of freedom and dignity. In the enactment of laws for this purpose, the best interests of the child will be the paramount consideration

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3. The child shall be entitled at birth to a name and nationality

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4. The child shall enjoy the benefits of social security. He shall be entitled to grow and develop in health; to this end, special care and protection shall be provided both to him and to his mother, including adequate prenatal and post natal care. The child shall have the right to adequate nutrition, housing, recreation and medical services.

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5. The child who is physically, mentally or socially handicapped shall be given the special treatment, education and care required by his particular condition.

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6. The child, for the full and harmonious development of his personality, needs love and understanding. He shall, wherever possible, grow up in the care and under the responsibility of his parents, and, in any case, in an atmosphere of affection and of moral and material security; a child of tender years shall not, save in exceptional circumstances, be separated from his mother. Society and public authorities shall have the duty to extend particular care to children without a family and to those without adequate means of support. Payment of State and other assistance towards maintenance of children of large families is desirable.

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7. The child is entitled to receive education, which shall be free and compulsory, at least in the elementary stages. He shall be given an education that will promote his general culture, and enable him, on the basis of of equal opportunity to develop his abilities, his individual judgement, and his sense of social and moral responsibility, and to become a useful member of society.
The best interests of the child shall be the guiding principle of those responsible for his education and guidance; that responsibility lies in the first place with his parents.
The child shall have full opportunity for play and recreation, which should be directed to the same purposes as education; society and the public authorities shall be endeavor to promote the enjoyment of this right.

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8. The child shall in all circumstances, be the among the first to receive protection and relief.

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9. The child shall be protected against all forms of neglect, cruelty and exploitation. He shall not be the subject of traffic, in any form.
The child shall not be admitted to employment before an appropriate minimum age; he shall in no case, be caused or permitted to engage in any occupation or employment which would prejudice his health or education, or interfere with his physical, mental or moral development.

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10. The child shall be protected from practices which may foster racial, religious and any form of discrimination. He shall be brought up in a spirit of understanding, tolerance, friendship among peoples, peace and universal brotherhood, and in full consciousness that his energy and talents should be devoted to the service of his fellowmen.

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The bottom line is that no child should know of war, injustice, hunger, racism and violence. We owe it to them to make the world a place where they can grow up to be free, healthy and happy. These children will take over from where we left off. What future would they have if we, the adults they look up to continue to dwell on differences and greed and rob them of a beautiful tomorrow?

Peace, Love and Charity. Start putting these three little things in our lives today. Do it now. Do it for the children.

Wishing all of us a meaningful week ahead.

Please watch this short video:


Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mmy9MpwyKnQ






19 comments:

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    1. Indeed it would. Lets just hope for the best.

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  2. such an innocent faces and life, we can't even give them the best life they want on earth, i just hope that soon they'll be able to have just a normal childhood with loving and caring parents who also be there for them..

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    1. I feel so sorry for the children in war zones. They wake up each day in fear, uncertain of what the day would bring.

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  3. I remember the time when these rights were shown in local television in Tagalog. I even memorized it as a child. :-D

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  4. Every child's right should be exercised, unfortunately, a lot of them are not given the privilege to enjoy it.

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  5. sadly, so many children had their rights robbed away from them :( hopefully, we get to see no child robbed with their rights as we continue to raise awareness around the globe.

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  6. These rights are exercised here and children are very privileged in this part of the world. I grew up there in the Philippines and have only been here in Canada shy of two years and I have the HUGE difference on how children are treated here. If I am just like Bill Gates, I swear, I would really give all my money to the children back home, create programs and build centres that will help them and make them grow well, happy and free!

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  7. How I wish, each child right be observe.. Sadly, most of these rights are lost to oblivion because of poverty and government inactions to addressed the issues.

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  8. Raising a child is not easy. We have to feed, clothe and education them. We also need to shower them the best love that they can have from their family among the most. When they grow up, they can do the same :-)

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  9. I agree, no child should not be exposed to war and violence. Sadly, this is far from happening, especially in war-torn countries. I hope and pray for children's safety wherever they are.

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  10. Thank you for sharing this, we often do not remember or maybe turn a blind eye on children's rights when we do not witness it first hand or don't see it at all. They say out of sight, out of mind. Posts like these and causes that prevent child abuse should always be in the forefront. If you're born in a war-torn country or in extreme poverty, even that country's particular government cannot execute their programs properly to provide children's basic rights.

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  11. It's really sad to see this rampant abuse to kids worldwide. It's really appalling to say the least.

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  12. with all this right it reminds me of children who suffer war between the gaza and israel...seeing news and photos of those kids broke my heart. they should enjoy peaceful life..but because of war yung iba namamatay pa... sad.

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  13. Thanks for sharing! This is a good reminder.

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  14. It's very sad and disheartening that too many children were deprived of their rights. Let's begin in a smaller scale and it's inside the home. Each parent must bear in mind that each child must possess all these rights. It's sad to note that in some cases, it's the parents that does not ensure these rights are exercised.

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  15. My heart really goes to the kids in the war zone. They don't deserve to be there and witness all the violent activities going on around there! :)

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