A Glossary that provides non-specialists with an understanding of child rights terminology, particularly related to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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Abduction  IRC site
   CRC = 35 1
The right of the child to protection against abduction is set forth in Article 35 of the CRC. States Parties are required to take all appropriate national, bilateral and multilateral measures to prevent the abduction of children for any purpose or in any form. The abduction of children is to be distinguished from the illicit transfer and non-return of children abroad (see Article 11 of the CRC). The abduction of children within one country or across frontiers for the purposes of, for example, economic exploitation, sexual exploitation, sale, trafficking or adoption is a form of exploitation. The illicit transfer and non-return of children abroad refers to the problem of the abduction of children across frontiers by one of their parents.
See also:
Disappearances   Exploitation   Illicit transfer and non-return   Recovery and reintegration   Sale and trafficking   

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Except for obvious exceptions, such as the "Right to life" and the "Right to be heard", the terms in the Glossary are not formulated as rights. Under each term, however, the article of the Convention dealing with the corresponding right of the child is mentioned, if appropriate ("CRC:"), and a short description is given of the corresponding obligations of States Parties ("Note:"), followed by a listing of related terms in the Glossary ("See also:") linked to the Thesaurus descriptors. Certain terms have also been included as "lead-in" terms only to preferred synonyms. For instance, the reader searching under the term "Handicapped children", will be referred ("See:") to "Disabled children".

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General Assembly

CRC Article = 44(5); 45(c)(d); 50(1)(2)
Every two years, the Committee on the Rights of the Child is required to submit to the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), reports on its activities. The General Assembly is one of the six principal organs of the UN. It is essentially a deliberative, supervisory and reviewing organ of the UN. Article 10 of the Charter of the UN provides that the General Assembly may discuss any questions or any matters within the scope of the Charter or relating to the powers and functions of any of the organs provided for in the Charter and may make recommendations to the Members of the UN or to the Security Council or to both on any such questions or matters. The General Assembly consists of all the States Members of the UN and meets in regular annual sessions.

See also:
Committee on the Rights of the Child   Economic and Social Council   United Nations organs   United Nations studies   

General education

CRC Article = 28(1)(b)
For the implementation of the right of the child to education, States Parties are required to encourage the development of different forms of secondary education, including general education, and to make them available and accessible to every child through, for example, the introduction of free education and offering financial assistance in case of need.

See also:
Education   Education assistance   Free education   Secondary education   Vocational education   

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Guidance for parents

CRC Article = 24(2)(f)
For the implementation of the right of the child to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health and to health services, States Parties are required to develop guidance for parents.

See also:
Family planning   Health and health services