Britain ignores UN convention on children's rights

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 30 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1123
  1. Luisa Dillner
  1. BMJ, UK Agenda for Children is available from Children's Rights Development Unit, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EL, price (pounds sterling)20.

    Britain continues to ignore the rights of children despite having ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child two years ago, says a report from the Children's Rights Development Unit. The unit, set up as a charity to audit Britain's implementation of the convention, claims that the government, which has already given its own report on its progress to the UN, is complacent and dishonest.

    The convention has 54 articles that cover all aspects of children's lives, such as their right to adequate housing, to agreed standards of health care, to safety at school, and to play in safe areas. Central to the convention is article 12, which states that children should have the right …

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