ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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UN Convention on Rights of the Child

The CRC, framed by the UN to safeguard children's rights, was considered a substantial and a path-breaking improvement over earlier UN instruments. However, for its provisions to remain morally binding on nation states that ratify it, some of its intrinsic weaknesses need to be urgently tackled.

For ensuring the rights of the child, the ‘Convention on the Rights of the Child –1989’ (hereafter CRC)1 is the most important step to date. However, as the title suggests, the implementation mechanism of CRC has some inherent weaknesses. This paper discusses the weaknesses within the implementation system of the CRC and implications of these weaknesses in advancing rights of children. Furthermore, it also discusses problems in CRC which have bearing on implementation process and hence on advancing rights on the child. The last part of the paper while advancing criticism of the implementation procedures of CRC, also offers suggestions for its effective implementation. I will begin with a brief review of international efforts in ensuring rights of the child. The focus obviously would be the CRC. This will be followed by a detail discussion of the implementation system of CRC, its weaknesses and their implications for ensuring rights of the child.

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