What’s the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child?

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The UN (United Nations) Convention on the Rights of the Child is a human rights treaty. Under international law, countries who sign a human rights treaty must respect it. The Convention on the Rights of the Child defines the rights of children – any human under the age of 18, unless a country’s law defines children differently. Canada’s actions do not respect the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child by keeping children in immigration detention (jail), mistreating unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (children who come to Canada without parents, family or guardians and who ask for refugee status), and by stopping separated families from reuniting in Canada. http://www.ccrweb.ca/documents/CRC2009EN.htm