The Convention is the most widely accepted human rights treaty ever (with only two countries yet to endorse it) and commits governments to protecting and ensuring children's rights. The Convention is for all children but particular attention is given to the rights of:
The sad fact is that though most governments have signed up to and ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, many children in today’s world do not have their rights met. These children include the estimated two million enslaved in the global sex trade; the 300,000 actively involved in armed conflict; the 90-98% of disabled children in developing countries denied an education; and the 12.1 million children in sub-Saharan Africa who have been orphaned as a result of AIDS.
World Vision is committed to ensuring that the rights of all children are respected, protected, promoted and fulfilled by:
Mani (above) lost her devadasi (temple prostitute) mother to HIV. Her grandmother, also a devadasi, died as well. Now she lives with her great-grandmother, Mogamma Sakhi (age 80). World Vision is working to prevent vulnerable children like Mani from becoming victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
Photo: Jon Warren/World Vision
Philippa Lei is our Senior Child Rights Policy Adviser
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The Convention on the Rights of the Rights of the Child is the only international human rights treaty with a mandatory reporting mechanism that does not have a complaints mechanism. This is a serious matter of discrimination against children. A complaints mechanism for the UNCRC would give children and others acting on their behalf something they can appeal to when domestic or regional remedies to the neglect or violation of children’s rights either fail or simply do not exist.
World Vision is playing an active role in an international campaign to strengthen the enforcement of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Already, more than 300 organisations have signed a petition urging States to start the process of drafting an Optional Protocol to the Convention which would create a complaints mechanism. The first step necessary in order to create the mechanism is to establish a drafting Working Group of States, through a resolution at the Human Rights Council. Once drafted, the Optional Protocol would go to the UN General Assembly for adoption.