Convention on the Rights of the Child

What is the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)?

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is an international human rights agreement that outlines the specific rights that children and young people can claim. By signing up to the Convention, national governments commit to protecting these rights in their countries. Nearly every country in the world has committed to the Convention, making it the most widely supported human rights treaty. Pakistan celebrated its 30th anniversary of the ratification of Convention on the Rights of Children (CRC) in 2020. It is a pledge that children have the right to survive, participate, and develop to their full potential in an an environment free from exploitation, abuse and neglect Pakistan being a signatory of UNCRC is under obligation to develop a robust referral system to ensure optimum child protection and development. The Convention offers a vision of the child as an individual and as a member of a family and community, with rights and responsibilities appropriate to his or her age and stage of development. By recognizing children's rights in this way, the Convention firmly sets the focus on the whole child.