Children’s rights

Links to do with the rights of children and the Magna Carta.

The United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (commonly abbreviated as the CRC, CROC, or UNCRC) is a human rights treaty which sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children. You can check out the UN’s website on it to read more about it’s achievements and what’s being done currently to advance children’s rights here and read the text of the convention here. Additionally there is a summary and teaching resources available here.

E-book: The United Nations and the Magna Carta for Children

In this book which you can read online thanks to the University of Massachusetts Boston, gives the history on what is commonly called the Magna Carta for Children; the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989. You can read it here. 

New Zealand Human Rights Blog: Do Children have a Right to Freedom of Religion?

In this thoroughly researched blog post by Alex MacKenzie, the idea of children having a right to freedom of religion is explored. The concept of distinct rights for children is also looked at. You can access it here.

terre des hommes: Protecting Environmental Child Rights 

This 32 page report examines the relationship between the rights of children and the rights of the environment and argues they are linked. It also provides a framework and recommendations for a child rights approach to environmental protection and sustainable development. You can download the report here.


Office of the Children’s Commssioner

UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

United Nations Children’s Fund

Action for Children and Youth in Aotearoa

Save the Children New Zealand

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