UN launches guide on child rights treaty

A new publication by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights aims to serve as a research tool for children’s rights advocates.

“This major study documents how the Convention on the Rights of the Child came to represent a sea change in the way the international community was prepared to address the rights of children,” said High Commissioner Louise Arbour.

The two-volume Legislative History on the Convention on the Rights of the Child lists among the many major advances ushered in by the Convention recognition, for the first time in a human rights treaty, of the differential and often discriminatory impact that national legislation, policies, attitudes and cultural traditions can have on girls.

The Legislative History on the Convention on the Rights of the Child is the first comprehensive record of the drafting of the Convention, according to a news release from Ms. Arbour’s office.

For more information on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, click here and here.

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