By November 20th this year, the convention on the rights of the child (CRC), will be 30 years since it was adopted and ratified by 194 countries, including Nigeria. PATIENCE IHEJIRIKA and ODIRI UCHENUNU-IBEH x-ray the journey so far in Nigeria.
The convention on the rights of a child (CRC), a comprehensive legally binding international human rights treaty providing specifically for the rights of the child, has been in existence since 1989.
The CRC, which covers civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights thus underscoring the indivisibility and equal importance of all rights, has four key or overarching principles.
For instance, Article 6 of the CRC recognizes that every child has the inherent right to life and all states/parties shall ensure to the maximum extent possible, the survival and development of the child.
What this simply means, according to a Child Protection Specialist with UNICEF, Sharon Oladiji is that, “The survival rights of a child is the right to…