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All people – no matter their age, sex, colour, religion or where they live – have the same basic needs to live a healthy life. These needs include food, shelter, education, healthcare and freedom from persecution and discrimination.
Through the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the governments of the world agreed that people have a right to have these basic needs met. Denying people their basic rights not only leads to the personal suffering of individuals – it can result in conflict and unrest in societies.
In addition to the rights in the UDHR, children have supplementary rights that recognise those things that they need to help them survive and develop to their full potential.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) sets out these rights – and Australia, along with nearly every other country in the world, has agreed to protect these rights.
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