“ The Convention on the Rights of the Child, signed by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 20th of November 1989 to protect and improve the condition of children who live in war and poverty conditions. From this date on, every November 20 is celebrated as the World Children’s Rights Day. The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely accepted human rights document in history. “
Dr. Suat Günsel University of Kyrenia Hospital Paediatrics Specialist Prof. Arzu Babayiğit Hocaoğlu MD., started her statement on “World Children’s Rights Day” with these words.
Prof. Arzu Babayiğit Hocaoğlu MD., reminded that children’s rights are human rights and both legally and morally, it is used to describe the rights of children that include education, life, health and their protection from physical, psychological and sexual abuse.
Hocaoğlu stated that several articles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, support the healthy living of children and according to Article 6 every child has the right to live. Dr. Suat Günsel University of Kyrenia Hospital Paediatrics Specialist Prof. Arzu Babayiğit Hocaoğlu MD., said that “ Every child has the right to benefit from child-care services and facilities. Besides the right to live, children also needs to receive education on mental, emotional, social and physical development. One of the main causes of child mortality is low educational status of mothers “ and continued her statement by adding that:
“ This meaningful day represents an important opportunity for mankind to adopt, and implement children’s rights. Today especially children are affected by wars, income inequalities, poverty and epidemic diseases. Thousands of children around the world are still deprived of their basic rights such as life, shelter, health and education. The right to grow in an environment that promotes the physical, spiritual and emotional well-being of all children should be supported together, and children’s rights in all areas of life should be taken with care and must be defended. “