children's rights

The Convention on the Rights of the Child

In 1989, the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) became the first legally binding international convention to affirm human rights for all children. Since then the Convention has become the most widely ratified human rights treaty in the world.

The 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child was celebrated on 20 November 2009.

The CRC in Cambodia
The Royal Government of Cambodia has shown a strong commitment to protecting and promoting the rights of children. Cambodia became a party to the Convention in 1992 and has ratified both of its optional protocols. It recently submitted its second report to the committee in Geneva that monitors implementation of the CRC: the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

In July 2007, the Constitutional Council in Cambodia issued a ruling which made clear that the Convention, along with all other international laws ratified by Cambodia, are directly applicable in Cambodian courts. This very welcome decision reaffirmed Cambodia’s commitment to the principles set out in the Convention as a way to safeguard a future for all children in Cambodia.

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