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European Network of Ombudspersons for Children Statement: Children’s rights in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak

As a member of ENOC we are calling upon our governments, the European Commission and the Council of Europe to undertake all appropriate actions to ensure that the rights of all children, as guaranteed by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) and the General Comments of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, are respected during the COVID-19 healthcare crisis.

We are particularly calling on governments, the European Commission and the Council of Europe to ensure the rights of all children in the areas of:

Information and participation

A symbolic illustration of Article 12 of the UNCRC.

UNCRC Article 12

I have the right to be listened to and taken seriously

Article 12 says children and young people have the human right to have opinions and for these opinions to be heard and taken seriously.

A symbolic illustration of Article 13 of the UNCRC.

UNCRC Article 13

I have the right to find out and share information

Article 13 is about the right to freedom of expression, which children and young people have like everyone else.

Protection from violence and abuse 

symbolic illustration of Article 19 of the UNCRC.

UNCRC Article 19

I have the right to be protected from being hurt or badly treated

Article 19 of the UNCRC makes it clear that children and young people have the right to be protected from violence, just like everybody else.

symbolic illustration of Article 34 of the UNCRC.

UNCRC Article 34

Nobody should touch me in ways that make me feel uncomfortable, unsafe or sad

Article 34 of the UNCRC says that children and young people have the right to be protected from sexual abuse.

Rights to health and development, to benefit from social security, and an adequate standard of living 

UNCRC Article 24

I have the right to good quality health care, to clean water and good food

Article 24 of the UNCRC says that children and young people’s health should be as good as possible.

symbolic illustration of Article 26 of the UNCRC.

UNCRC Article 26

My family should get the money they need to help bring me up

Article 26 of the UNCRC says that children and young people should get financial support when their parents or guardians can’t give them enough.

symbolic illustration of Article 27 of the UNCRC.

UNCRC Article 27

I have the right to have a proper house, food and clothing

Article 27 of the UNCRC says children and young people should be able to have the food and housing they need to reach their full potential.

Education

symbolic illustration of Article 28 of the UNCRC.

UNCRC Article 28

I have the right to an education

Article 28 of the UNCRC says that all children and young people have the right to education no matter who they are.

symbolic illustration of Article 29 of the UNCRC.

UNCRC Article 29

I have the right to an education which develops my personality, respect for others’ rights and the environment

Article 29 of the UNCRC says that a child or young person’s education should help their mind, body and talents be the best they can.


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