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The Convention on the Rights of the Child entered into force on 2 September 1990 and was the first legally binding international instrument to incorporate the full range of human rights: civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. The four core principles of the Convention are non-discrimination; devotion to the best interests of the child; the right to life, survival and development; and respect for the views of the child.

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The Convention on the Rights of the Child 

Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography

Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict

  

A lot of interesting NGO coalition work goes on around child rights, especially in relation to the CRC, much of it linking activists and organisation together using the internet. The following broader initiatives are particularly interesting, and highlight the need to see the right to education in the wider scope of child’s rights work:

CRIN – Child Rights Information Network

NGO Group for the CRC