Children’s Rights as Living Rights-Liebel, Manfred

Children’s Rights as Living Rights: Why Human Rights Only Make Sense if They are Connected to the Lives of Children

In: Revista de Asistenţă Socială (Social Work Review). Universitatae din Bucureşti, Facultatae de Sociologie şi Asistenţă Socială, 11(2), 2012

In the debate on children’s rights there is still little attention given to the meaning these rights have for children from diverse social and cultural contexts. Frequently, children whose human rights are violated in the most aggressive ways are seemingly indifferent to them and seldom claim them. By looking at four examples of marginalised groups of children in different parts of the world (street children in Guatemala and India, child refugees in Europe and AIDS orphans in Africa), the paper highlights, why the legal debate and the practice of children’s rights has to be connected to the daily life experience of these children and how this could be done.


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