Children's Rights Network
"The way a society treats children reflects not only its quality of compassion and protective caring, but also its sense of justice, its commitment to the future, and its urge to enhance the human condition for coming generations."
- Javier Perez de Cuellar, former UN Secretary General
Our Children's Rights Network was formed in June 2002 for adults and young people who wish to campaign for the rights of children. Membership is open to all members of Amnesty International and the network includes local Amnesty groups and school groups as well as individual members.
The aim of the network is to see that the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols are observed throughout the world and within New Zealand. In these treaties, a child is defined as anyone below the age of 18 years.
The network also works with the Office of the Commissioner for Children, UNICEF and children's NGOs in New Zealand to create a lobby for children's rights in this country. The aims are to reduce the incidence of child abuse and of child poverty as required by the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
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