Convention on the Rights of the Child

Journalists dealing with children and family issues should be familiar with this set of standards and obligations regarding childhood. It spells out the basic set of human rights agreed upon internationally in 1989. Articles 13, 16 and 17 are of particular interest to journalists and other members of the media. One hundred and ninety-three countries, including Canada, are signatories to the Convention. Notably, the US is not. Neither is Somalia. The 1959 Declaration of the Rights of the Child can be found here.