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Children's rights

Children's rights

Children and young people need special protection

Poverty, violence and increasing inequality affect the rights of young people. terre des hommes switzerland is committed to the implementation of children's rights worldwide. Our work focuses on the right to health and access to education. terre des hommes schweiz resolutely combats all forms of violence against children and young people.

Youth work against violence against girls and women
Youth work against violence against girls and women

The basis of terre des hommes switzerland's work is the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child. no other international human rights convention has been signed by as many states as the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Switzerland ratified it a good 20 years ago. All project countries of terre des hommes switzerland have done so. Only the USA is on the sidelines. This broad support is the worldwide expression of the fact that children and young people need special legal protection and that their rights require special consideration.

Addressing the special needs of children
The worldwide agreement on this point is the reason why the Convention on the Rights of the Child is an important instrument for terre des hommes Switzerland in its cooperation with states. Both here in Switzerland and in the project countries. Currently, terre des hommes switzerland demands that young people affected by flight are primarily treated as children with their own rights in Switzerland and in our programme countries. In particular, they must have access to education, health services and leisure activities that take account of their specific needs.

Making governments take responsibility
With its work based on children's and human rights, terre des hommes schweiz supports partner organisations in making their governments responsible for implementing the rights of children and young people in other areas as well. For example in Tanzania, where the state has recently banned pregnant girls from attending school. Here terre des hommes schweiz is calling for schooling for all girls - even if they are pregnant and mothers.
In its development policy work in Switzerland, terre des hommes schweiz is committed to ensuring that Swiss politicians as well as companies and associations based in Switzerland respect the rights of children and young people in their international activities.

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The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

In order to create a basis for equal rights for all children in the world, the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was adopted in 1989. It comprises 54 articles on survival, protection and development and is based on the principles of non-discrimination, the best interests of the child and the hearing of children.

Learn more about the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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