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Child Rights in Latin America

From irregular situation to full protection
Child Rights in Latin America: From irregular situation to full protection

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Emilio Garcia Mendez

 

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Publication date: 8

Publication series:
Innocenti Essay

No. of pages: 32

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Abstract

The Convention on the Rights of the Child has now been ratified by 192 nations. Notwithstanding, securing the principles and necessary legal safeguards remains a difficult achievement. Laws and jurisprudence must be firmly linked to the national reality to avoid them being well-meant placebos. Are all children comprehensively protected and defended? Do the means for implementing these laws exist? Is monitoring adequate? These are on-going questions of concern for both UNICEF and the broader international children's rights community. Many of the themes raised in this essay also echo those examined in other ICDC series and studies; violence against children, juvenile offenders, street children, are all inter-related problems for which children have the right to expect effective and full legal protection.
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