Rights of the Child

Global policy to protect children-The United Nations Convention on the Rights of  the Child  Source: www.unicef.org.uk  www.childrensrights.ie

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) sets out the full list of      the rights of children and young people under the age of 18. UNICEF states that this        document is ‘the most complete statement of children’s rights ever produced’ and ‘the     most widely-ratified international human rights treaty in history’; it is the foundation of   UNICEF’s work.


The UNCRC states that four basic principles underpin all children’s rights:


Non-discrimination-The right of ALL children regardless of gender, ethnicity, nationality,             religion, disability, parentage sexual orientation, to develop their full potential in all     situations and at all times

The best interests of the child-must be a primary consideration by Governments in all           actions and decisions concerning or involving a child

The right to survival and development-underscores the vital importance of ensuring access to basic services and to equality of opportunity for children to achieve their full             potential.A child with a disability should have access to education and health care in            order to develop and achieve.

The views of the child-the voice of the child must be heard and respected in all decisions     that will affect them.


            Iran’s Duchenne Children need advocacy to ensure that their voice is heard, their     rights are defended and safeguarding policies are put in place to protect them   from unnecessary suffering and harm.