African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child
Every child shall be entitled to the enjoyment of the rights and freedoms recognized and
guaranteed in this Charter irrespective of the child's or his/her parents' or legal guardians race,
ethnic group, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national and social
origin, fortune, birth or other status.
2. States Parties to the present Charter shall in particular:
(ii) shall be informed promptly in a language that he understands and in detail of the charge
against him, and shall be entitled to the assistance of an interpreter if he or she cannot
understand the language used;
Source: OAU Doc. CAB/LEG/24.9/49 (1990). The text of the Charter can be found on an Internet
database operated by the University of Minnesota's Human Rights Library.
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