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African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, Articles 3, 17 and 25

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African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, Articles 3, 17 and 25

Article 3

Every child shall be entitled to the enjoyment of the rights and freedoms recognized and guaranteed in this Charter irrespective of the child’s or his/her parents’ or legal guardians’ race, ethnic group, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national and social origin, fortune, birth or other status.

Article 17

1. Every child accused or found guilty of having infringed penal law shall have the right to special treatment in a manner consistent with the child’s sense of dignity and worth and which reinforces the child’s respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms of others.

2. States Parties to the present Charter shall in particular:

(c) ensure that every child accused in infringing the penal law:

(ii) shall be informed promptly in a language that he understands and in detail of the charge against him, and shall be entitled to the assistance of an interpreter if he or she cannot understand the language used;

Article 25

3. When considering alternative family care of the child and the best interests of the child, due regard shall be paid to the desirability of continuity in a child’s up-bringing and to the child’s ethnic, religious or linguistic background.

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