The Convention on the Rights of the Child
The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the United Nations
General Assembly in Resolution 44/25 on 20 November 1989 and incorporates
Article 27 of the Covenant for Civil and Political
States parties recognise the important function performed by the mass media and shall ensure
that the child has access to information and material from a diversity of national and international
sources, especially those aimed at the promotion of his or her social, spiritual and moral
well-being and physical and mental health. To this end, states parties shall...
(d) encourage the mass media to have particular regard to the linguistic needs of the child who belongs to a minority group or who is indigenous;
1. States parties agree that the education of the child shall be directed to...
(c) the development of respect for the child's parents, his or her own cultural identity, language
and values, for the national values of the country in which the child is living, the country from
which he or she may originate, and for civilisations different from his or her own;
In those States in which ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities
or persons of indigenous origins exist, a child belonging to such a minority
or who is indigenous shall not be denied the right, in community with other
members of his or her group, to enjoy his or her own culture, to profess
and practice his or her own religion, or to use his or her own language.
- States parties recognise the right of every child alleged as, accused of, or recognised as
having infringed the penal law to be treated in a manner consistent with the promotion of the child's
sense of dignity and worth, which reinforces the child's respect for the human rights and fundamental
freedoms of others and which takes into account the child's age and the desirability of promoting
the child's reintegration and the child's assuming a constructive role in society.
- To this end, and having regard to the relevant provisions of international instruments, states parties shall, in particular, ensure that...
(b) every child alleged as or accused of having infringed the penal law has at least the following guarantees...
(vi) to have the free assistance of an interpreter if the child cannot understand or speak the language used;
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