n South African Journal on Human Rights - The Case for the Child : Towards a New Agenda, Ya'ir Ronen and Charles W. Greenbaum (Eds.) : book review

Volume 25, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0258-7203



This book sets out with the premise of showing that whilst almost universal ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) has led to legislative improvements in children's rights in many countries, too many of the world's children are 'still beset by risks to their development emanating from the basic problems facing all societies and especially underdeveloped ones: poverty, disease and violence'. So, the introduction to the book posits, there is a need for 'a new agenda for children'. The first element of this new agenda is a recognition by professional and society leaders of children as full human beings who have needs and the right to see those needs fulfilled. The second element is a collective effort by governments and non-governmental organisations to recognise their obligations under the UN CRC.

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