First adopted in 1989, the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child is "the most complete statement of children's rights ever produced." Since then, 196 countries and non-state entities have signed it, making it the most widely-ratified international human rights treaty in history.

Unfortunately, the rights of children continue to be violated every day around the world. In 2019, for example, an estimated 10% of children around the world work, undermining their education and/or damaging their health. It is a chilling reminder of the Convention's Article 32: "States Parties recognize the right of the child to be protected from economic exploitation and from performing any work that is likely to be hazardous or to interfere with the child's education, or to be harmful to the child's health or physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development."

UNICEF For World Day Against Child Labour 2019 ©UNICEF/Olivier Asselin

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