“Rights" are things every child should have or be able to do. All children have the same rights. These rights are listed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Almost every country has agreed to these rights. The rights are connected to each other, and all are equally important. UNICEF has created this simple document which explains most of the 54 rights; we would like to highlight four areas:
- You have the right to be protected from harm so you can grow and reach your full potential (Articles 4, 5, 11, 19, 32 and 36).
- You have the right to participate, share your opinion or concerns and have an adult listen (Articles 12 and 13).
- You have the right to the basic needs for survival which means health care, safe water to drink, healthy food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help you stay well (Article 24).
- You have the right to a quality education (Articles 28 and 29).
As you get older, you will have more responsibility to make choices and enforce your rights. If you or someone you know is having their rights abused in any way, then the most important thing to do is talk to someone about it. You can call Child Helpline Cambodia anytime for free on 1280 if you would like to receive emotional support or further information on this subject.