The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) guarantees the rights of children by virtue of their humanity. It recognises children as individuals with their own personalities. The convention also seeks to take into account children's special need for protection and thus to contribute to more effective legal and de facto protection of the weakest members of all societies.
The convention guarantees the following rights, among others:
- The right to have the best interests of the child given primary consideration
- The right to life and personal development
- The right to equal treatment
- The right to express opinions and participate
The convention was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 20 November 1989. Switzerland ratified the convention on 24 February 1997. It entered into force in Switzerland on 26 March 1997.
Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)