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.