These are your rights


The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the United Nations in 1989. Almost every country has now ratified the Convention.

As a child you have the right:

  • to sufficient food, clean water, health care, and an adequate standard of living;

  • to be with their family, or in the best caring environment to ensure protection from all physical, mental and other  abuse;

  • to education;

  • to  special care or training necessary if they have a disability or handicap; and

  • to play.

Every child has a right to play

Children have a right "to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child". That right is enshrined in Article 31(1) of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Some stupid adults laugh if you tell them that you have a right to play.

Sadly, many children do not play
 they work.

Some children even make toys they never play with.








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Last Updated April 01, 2007