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Declaration of the Rights of the Child GA res 1386 XIV 14 UN GAOR Supp No 16 at 19 UN Doc A4354 1959 PREAMBLE Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights and in the dignity and worth of the human person and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom Whereas the United Nations has in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaimed that everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth therein without distinction of any kind such as race colour sex language religion political or other opinion national or social origin property birth or other status Whereas the child by reason of his physical and mental immaturity needs special safeguards and care including appropriate legal protection before as well as after birth Whereas the need for such special safeguards has been stated in the Geneva Declaration of the Rights of the Child of 1924 and recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the statutes of specialized agencies and international organizations concerned with the welfare of children Whereas mankind owes to the child the best it has to give Now therefore The General Assembly Proclaims this Declaration of the Rights of the Child to the end that he may have a happy childhood and enjoy for his own good and for the good of society the rights and freedoms herein set forth and calls upon parents upon men and women as individuals and upon voluntary organizations local authorities and national Governments to recognize these rights and strive for their observance by legislative and other measures progressively taken in accordance with the following principles Principle I The child shall enjoy all the rights set forth in this Declaration Every child without any exception whatsoever shall be entitled to these rights without distinction or
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