UN Convention on the rights of the child

  • Heads of States and Governments adopted the African Union Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (CRCW) in July 1990.
  • Nigeria has signed both International Instruments and had ratified them in 1991 and 2000 respectively
  • The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) outlines the human rights to be respected and protected for every child under the age of 18 years and requires that these rights are implemented
  • The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 (UNCRC or CRC) is a human rights treaty which sets out the civic, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children
  • The Child’s Rights Act 2003: In 1991 a children’s bill was drafted to implement the principles enshrined in the CRC (1989). This bill was only approved in 2003 by the then President Olusegun Obasanjo and promulgated as the Children’s Act Law 2003.
  • Lagos State Child’s Right Law 2007 was approved as law to enforce the rights and advance the welfare of every child in Lagos State. This law consolidated all legislations relating to the protection and welfare of children in Lagos State.

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