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RISE (St. Lucia) Inc. rec­og­nizes the rights of chil­dren and young peo­ple to sur­vive and thrive as they join the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity in ob­serv­ing In­ter­na­tional Child Rights Week for 2015.

Novem­ber 13 – 20th is rec­og­nized an­nu­ally around the world as In­ter­na­tional Child Rights Week. It is a week dur­ing which the world cel­e­brates the rights of chil­dren as out­lined in the United Na­tions Con­ven­tion on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and a week which leads up to Univer­sal Chil­dren’s Day - 20th Novem­ber - the day on which the United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly adopted the Dec­la­ra­tion of the Rights of the Child in 1959, and the UNCRC in 1989. The UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly rec­om­mended that all coun­tries ob­serve Novem­ber 20th an­nu­ally as a day of ac­tiv­ity de­voted to pro­mot­ing the wel­fare of chil­dren around the world.

Dur­ing the week, RISE will be shar­ing in­for­ma­tion with the gen­eral pub­lic and es­pe­cially chil­dren and youth on child rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, and specif­i­cally on child abuse and its preven­tion. Novem­ber 19th is rec­og­nized in­ter­na­tion­ally as Child Abuse Preven­tion day.

“Rights” are things ev­ery child should have, or be able to do, to sur­vive and thrive. All chil­dren every­where have the same rights. Th­ese rights are listed in the UN Con­ven­tion on the Rights of the Child, a land­mark hu­man rights treaty, agreed to and signed by all but two coun­tries (So­ma­lia and USA). All the rights are equally im­por­tant and inter-con­nected. Some­times, we have to think about rights in terms of what is best for chil­dren in a given sit­u­a­tion, and what is crit­i­cal to life and pro­tec­tion from harm.

Rights come with re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. “As chil­dren grow, they have in­creas­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity to make choices and ex­er­cise their rights,” a state­ment from RISE says.

RISE will also be join­ing the In­ter­na­tional Men’s Day fair at Rod­ney Bay on Novem­ber 21st.

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