Each child of the world has the same rights, which are mentioned in the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, signed on the 20th November 1989 in New York. Here you can find a simplified version for the children or the adults who quickly want to make up her mind of the rights mentioned in the convention.
The International Convention on the rights of the Child protects all the children and youngsters less than 18 years.
You have the same rights as all the other children; you have the right to be treated equal, it does not matter where you live, if you are a boy or a girl, poor or rich, if you have a disability or not, and which is your language, religion or culture.
Each private or public institution, tribunal or administration has to take into account your wellbeing.
The State has to take the measures that are necessary to assure your rights.
Your family has the responsibility to help you to understand and exercise your rights and has to ensure that your rights are respected.
You have the right to live.
Since your birth, you are registered and you have the right to a name and a nationality. You have the right to know your parents and to be educated by them.
You have the right to an identity, a nationality, a name and your familial environment. Nobody can deprive you of it. If not, the State has to grant you a protection and assistance in order to enforce your right.
You have the right to live with both of your parents, unless it injures you, because you have the right to live in a family, which is looking after you. Apart from you familiar situation, you have the right to see your parents.
If your family lives in different countries, you have the right to move from one country to another one to see your parents regularly or to reunify your family.
Nobody has the right to move you from your country or to draw you away from your country.
You have the right to express your opinion, by yourself or an intermediate, to be listened and taken seriously in each situation that concerns you, even in administrative and judicial procedures.
You have the right to be informed and to express your opinion orally, in writing or artistically, provided that you do not injure the rights of other persons.
You have the right to choose your religion, beliefs and convictions, provided that you do not injure other persons by exercising their rights. Your parents have to assist and help you with your decisions.
You have the right to choose your friends, to join and form groups, provided that it does not injure other persons.
You have the right to your intimacy and the protection of your private life.
You have the right to reliable and comprehensible information’s that come from different media sources. The radio, television, magazines, books, computers have to be available for you to learn about new cultures and to exchange international experiences.
You have the right to be raised by both of your parents in your best interest, if possible. If your parents work, the State has to offer special purpose institutions for the assistance of children.
You have the right to be protected effectively against each form of mental, physical and moral violence, abuse or negligence.
You have the right to be attended and assisted specially, if you cannot live with your parents. Your religion, traditions and your linguistic origin have to be respected.
You have the same rights as all the other children, even if you are adopted or entrusted to other persons, whether it is in your country of origin or in other one.
You have the right to a special protection if you are a refugee. If you are alone, it is looked for your parents to reunify your family.
If you have a physical or mental disability ill, you have the right to the most autonomous life as possible to participate actively to the life of the community. You have the right to medical assistance and the right to be integrated.
You have the right to the best healthcare since your birth, to drinking water, to nutritious food, to a clean and safe environment, to information’s that will help you to stay healthy.
If you do not live with your parents, but in a home or in a host family, you have the right to be protected. The conditions of your placement have to be examined regularly.
You have the right to a social security system if you are poor or disadvantaged.
You have the right to food, to clothes, to a safe location where you can live and have all the health care you need. You cannot be disadvantaged: you have the right to do the most that the other children can do.
You have the right to a quality education. You have the educational opportunities depending on your capacities.
The education has to give you the possibility to use your talents and abilities. The education has to help you to learn how to live in peace, how to protect your environment and how to respect the other persons.
You have the right to have or to choose your culture, your language and your religion.
You have the right to play and to repose.
You have the right to be protected against the work that harms your health. If you work, you have not to be victimized, you have the right to be safe and to have a reasonable salary.
You have the right to be protected against the use and the traffic of drugs.
You have the right to be protected against sexual abuse.
Nobody has the right to take you off, to buy you or to sell you.
You have the right to be protected against each form of exploitation.
Nobody has the right to punish you cruelly or to mistreat you.
You have the right to live in peace and to be protected if you live in an area of war. The youngster’s cannot be forced to be enrolled in armed groups or to participate in wars.
You have the right to assistance if you are injured, neglected or mistreated.
You have the right to a legal assistance and a fair treatment, in a judicial system that respects your rights.
If the laws of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg better protect your rights than the articles of the Convention, the laws are applied.
You have the right to know your rights! The adults have to know them themselves and have to help you to understand them.
Article 43 to 54
These articles explain how the governments and international organizations have to continue to work to ensure that the rights of the children are respected.
This is not an official document. The complete text of the Convention of the Rights of the Child can be found on www.ork.lu