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Child Rights and Family Life

The 1989 United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) provides a framework for addressing themes related to children and adolescents such as the human dignity of all children, recognition of children as subjects of law and the interests of children in conflict-resolution. The Convention regards families, communities and states as guarantors of children’s rights. In particular, states are obligated to secure and enforce children’s rights, prevent threats to them and ensure immediate restitution in cases where rights have been violated.

Twenty years after the Convention entered into force, the region has seen significant progress– albeit at different levels – in the protection of children’s rights. However, many countries of the are still characterized by persistent poverty, social inequality, and social exclusion, which have a direct impact on the welfare of children. The OAS has been taking action through Resolutions and support of the member countries.