Children’s Rights are Human Rights

The 10th of December is Human Rights Day when individuals and organisations around the world come together to celebrate the UN’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948. Talk of children’s rights often focuses on the UNCRC which of course affords special protections to all children and young people under 18. However, many of the rights set forth in the UNCRC are also found in the UDHR. Quite simply put, it is important to remember that children’s rights are human rights. 

In the unprecedented context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the theme for this year’s Human Rights Day is ‘Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights’ focussing on the need to build back better by ensuring human rights play a central role in the road to recovery. We want to take this opportunity today to reaffirm our commitment to supporting and promoting, respect for and realisation of the human rights of all the children, young people, and families we work with.  

Sarah Rogers, Policy & Research Officer

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