by Sofia Kathareiou

By Ariadni, 16 years old

Life is a fascinating journey…

A journey we share with the people around us and that we all wish it unravels in a happy, safe and interesting course. A simple and effective way to achieve this is to respect each other’s Rights. This applies to both adults and children.

If you are a boy or a girl less than 18 years old you have specific rights that were stated in the Convention of the Rights of the Child which was adopted in 1989 by the Council of the United Nations. 

You are probably more aware of the things that you are not allowed to do or say.

You know you are not allowed to:

  • Destroy others’ property.
  • Steal.
  • Hurt or offend others.

Are you aware of your own rights though?

The Right in Security, Protection and Development

  • Your religion, nationality, and views should be respected and if they are different from those around you, you should not be stigmatized because of them.
  • You need a balanced and healthy natural, moral, social and psychological environment to develop.
  • You need food, clothes, a home, and healthcare.
  • You have the right to be protected from being hurt or mistreated physically, mentally or verbally. The Government should protect you from violence and neglect that you are receiving from your parents or anyone else who takes care of you.
  • You have the right to proper education that will foster your personality and will help your talents and abilities develop. It is important that you are taught your rights and freedoms and prepare for responsible life in a democratic society, in an environment of understanding, peace, equality, and friendship.
  • You have the right to access broad and objective information.
  • If you have any physical or mental disability you have the right to receive care and support in order to have a dignified life and be as autonomous as you can.
  • You have the right to be entertained, to play, to rest and enjoy artistic and recreational events and activities that fit your age and do not offend your rights.

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