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Children: Rights and Responsibilities

1 November 1985

Children: Rights and Responsibilities, the Minority Rights Group’s report 69, questions many of the underlying policies and practices towards children and young people today – whether by the state, family or adult institutions generally. Written by Dr Jo Boyden and Andy Hudson from Children in Development, it outlines practical means by which the indefensible realities of many children’s lives can be improved. It outlines possible action at the international and national level, the role of on governmental organizations and how children can be given a voice in determining their own future.

Rational and realistic, this unique report opens new dimensions in thinking about children and their human rights. It contains tables, bibliography and a contact list. It is essential reading for governments, local authorities, development agencies, workers in education and social work, parents and guardians, and all those who are concerned about children andtheir welfare.

Please note that the terminology in the fields of minority rights and indigenous peoples’ rights has changed over time. MRG strives to reflect these changes as well as respect the right to self-identification on the part of minorities and indigenous peoples. At the same time, after over 50 years’ work, we know that our archive is of considerable interest to activists and researchers. Therefore, we make available as much of our back catalogue as possible, while being aware that the language used may not reflect current thinking on these issues.

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Jo Boyden

Andy Hudson