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United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)


An international human rights treaty setting out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of children.


Derived by EMN from the Website of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.


  • BG: Конвенцията на ООН за правата на детето
  • CS: Úmluva OSN o právech dítěte
  • DE: Übereinkommen der Vereinten Nationen über die Rechte des Kindes / Internationale Kinderrechtskonvention
  • EL: Σύμβαση των Ηνωμένων Εθνών για τα Δικαιώματα του Παιδιού
  • EN: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)
  • ES: Convención de las Naciones Unidas sobre los Derechos del niño
  • ET: Ühinenud Rahvaste Organi-satsiooni lapse õiguste kon-ventsioon
  • FI: YK:n lapsen oikeuksien sopimus
  • FR: Convention des Nations Unies relative aux droits de l’enfant
  • GA: Coinbhinsiún na Náisiún Aontaithe um Chearta an Linbh
  • HU: a gyermek jogairól szóló ENSZ Egyezmény
  • IT: Convenzione delle Nazioni Unite sui diritti dell’infanzia e dell’adolescenza
  • LT: Jungtinių Tautų Vaiko teisių konvencija
  • LV: Apvienoto Nāciju Organizācijas Bērnu tiesību konvencija
  • MT: Konvenzjoni tan-Nazzjonijiet Uniti dwar id-Drittijiet tat-Tfal
  • NL: Hoog Commissariaat van de Verenigde Naties voor de Vluchtelingen
  • PT: Convenção das Nações Unidas sobre os Direitos da Criança
  • RO: Convenția Organizației Națiunilor Unite cu privire la drepturile copilului (CDC)
  • SK: Dohovor OSN o právach dieťaťa
  • SL: Konvencija Združenih Narodov o pravicah otrok
  • SV: FN:s konvention om barnets rättigheter
  • NO: FNs barnekonvensjon
  • KA: გაეროს ბავშვის უფლებათა კონვენცია (UNCRC)
  • UK: Конвенція ООН про права дитини (UNCRC)


  • Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • CRC

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1. The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted on 20 November 1989. The first international legally binding text recognizing all the fundamental rights of the child embodies four general principles:
- the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration in all actions affecting children (Art.3).
- there shall be no discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinions, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or other status (Art.2).
- States Parties recognize that every child has the inherent right to life and shall ensure to the maximum extent possible the survival and development of the child (Art. 6).
- children shall be assured the right to express their views freely in all matters affecting them, their views being given due weight in accordance with the child’s age and level of maturity (Art. 12)
2. In addition to these four principles, the CRC provides for a number of fundamental rights which include, inter alia, the need for protection from abuse, exploitation and neglect, and the importance of the physical and intellectual development of the child.