The Convention protects the rights of all children under 18 years of age.
The Convention applies to everyone: whatever their race, religion or abilities, whatever they think or say, whatever type of family they come from.
The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all things that affect children.
Every child has the right to life. Governments must do all they can to make sure that children survive and develop to their full potential.
Every child has the right to have a say in all matters affecting them and to have their views taken seriously.
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