All human beings
are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock,
shall enjoy the same social protection.
Everyone is entitled to a social
and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can
be fully realized.
Children chained to carpet looms, weaving day
after day and year after year; children crammed into prison cells and routinely beaten by
guards; children killed by soldiers rampaging through their villages: these human rights
abuses are not new. But only in recent decades has widespread world attention focused on
children's human rights and on the international imperative to protect these rights.
background information . . .
Request and Read
Learn about a pivotal international treaty for children, or
read a child's account of life during war in the former Yugoslavia.
Stop the exploitation and crippling of children in Pakistan
who hand stitch many of the soccer balls sold in the United States.
Act Nationally or
Protect children from landmines that maim and kill in
dozens of countries around the world.
Grab a Partner
Join the Children's Rights Network at Amnesty
International, or request a Children's Rights Advocacy Kit from the U.S. Committee for
Raise Your Voice
Help find 14-year-old Charlotte Awino who, like thousands
of other children in recent years, was kidnapped from her school by rebel soldiers in