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Advocate Namrata Mishra Represents India at CRC 30

Advocate Namrata Mishra Represents India at CRC 30

UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON CHILD RIGHTS (CRC) COMPLETES 30 YEARS

Advocate Namrata Mishra was the only Indian representative in a galaxy of eminent lawyers, judges and academicians of child rights from across the globe to be invited to Israel to commemorate 30 years of UN CRC (United Nations Convention on Rights of Child). She also presented a paper based on her research and experiences as a partitioner in India on the subject.

Advocate Namrata Mishra had an opportunity to meet Justice Daphne Barek-Erez (Supreme Court of Israel) and author of “Outlawed Pigs- Law, Religion and Culture in Israel”; a popular book on one of the most powerful symbols of Jewish culture: along with the President of Israeli Supreme Court, Justice Esther Hayut and Member of UNCRC, Professor Philip Jaffe, Judge Saviona Rotlevy and others.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is the basis of all of our work. It is the most complete statement of children’s rights ever produced and is the most widely-ratified international human rights treaty in history.

The Convention has 54 articles that cover all aspects of a child’s life and set out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children everywhere are entitled to. It also explains how adults and governments must work together to make sure all children can enjoy all their rights.

Every child has rights “without discrimination of any kind, irrespective of the child’s or his or her parent’s or legal guardian’s race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or other status” (Article 2).

The Convention must be seen as a whole: all the rights are linked and no right is more important than another. The right to relax and play (Article 31) and the right to freedom of expression (Article 13) have equal importance as the right to be safe from violence (Article 19) and the right to education (Article 28).

The Convention is also the most widely ratified human rights treaty in the world. All UN member states except for the United States have ratified the Convention.