Introduction—Part 1—Child Abuse and Crime Against Children—Part 2— Child Abuse and Human Rights Violation—3 Child Labour: Young Hands at Work— Part 4 Children’s Rights: Principles and Practice—Part 5—Forced and Bonded Child Labour—Part 6— Problem of Child Marriage—Bibliography—Index.
Children’s rights are the human rights of children with particular attention to the rights of special protection and care afforded to minors. The 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) defines a child as “any human being below the age of eighteen years, unless under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier.” Children’s rights includes their right to association with both parents, human identity as well as the basic needs for physical protection, food, universal state-paid education, health care, and criminal laws appropriate for the age and development of the child, equal protection of the child’s civil rights, and freedom from discrimination on the basis of the child’s race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability, colour, ethnicity, or other characteristics. Interpretations of children’s rights range from allowing children the capacity for autonomous action to the enforcement of children being physically, mentally and emotionally free from abuse, though what constitutes “abuse” is a matter of debate. This book try to explore how human rights law can help define what could and should be done to protect children from abuse. The book brings together a wide array of original essays from a variety of academic and practitioner perspectives on human rights and the status of children. The book will be a valuable resource for students, researchers and policy-makers working in the area of children’s rights and welfare.