RIGHTS
Children and Adolescents                       of Belize, do you know your rights?                      It is very importa...
You have the right to live withYou have the right to a good enough standard              your parent(s), unless it is harm...
If you live in a different    country from your parents,              If you have to be             You have the right to ...
You have the right to  protection from any kind of   exploitation, which means                           You have the righ...
If you live in foster care or in other                              If you have a disability,     situations away from hom...
You have the right                                  to play and rest.           Your education should You have the right t...
You have the right to practice             You have the right to get information      your own religion and beliefs.      ...
These are your rights and no one should take them fromyou. Your parents and other adults in your life shouldhelp you to un...
(Back Cover)      For more information, please contact:The National Committee for Families and Children                62 ...
(inside cover)                                    Published: November 2004           National Committee for Families and C...
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  1. 1. RIGHTS
  2. 2. Children and Adolescents of Belize, do you know your rights? It is very important that you learn about your rights and responsibilities! RIGHTS WHY? So that you can: Know your rights and respect the rights of others Know what the responsibilities are that go along with each right Be sure that others do not take advantage of youThe Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) tells everyone whatchildren’s rights are all about and why no one can take them awayfrom you.Let’s Learn About Your Rights!Everyone under 18 years old has these rights!You have the right to know your rights. Adults should know about theserights and help you learn about them too!You have these rights, whoever you are, whoever your parents are,whatever colour you are, whatever religion you practice, whateverlanguage you speak, whether you are a girl or boy, whether you have adisability or if you are rich or poor.All adults should do what is best for you. When adults make decisions, theyshould think about how their decision will affect you.You have many rights and these rights come under four groups: 1. Developmental Rights 3. Survival Rights 2. Participation Rights 4. Protection Rights 1
  3. 3. You have the right to live withYou have the right to a good enough standard your parent(s), unless it is harmful of living. This means that your parents should to you. You have the right to live make sure you have food, clothes, a place to with a family who cares for you.live, etc. If your parents cannot afford this, then the government should help. You have the right to be alive. Your family should help you to learn about your rights and ensure that your rights You have the right to a are protected. nationality, and to belong to a country. Some of the responsibilities that come along with your survival rights are: • You have a responsibility to practice a healthy lifestyle; for example, you should get enough sleep at night and try not eat a lot of junk food. • You should do your best to take care of your clothes, toys, school books and other possessions. • Be respectful of your parents/guardians or other adults who take care of you. • Be careful when you are out on the street. Try to practice all the safety rules that you know. • Do your best to respect and take care of all living things like the forest, the animals and the sea.2
  4. 4. If you live in a different country from your parents, If you have to be You have the right to you have the right to be adopted, adults should special care and help if reunited. make sure that it is you cannot live with arranged in a way that is your parents. best for you.You have the right to a name and identity Both parents should be involved in raising – an official record of who you are, like a you, even if they do not live together. Theybirth certificate or passport. No one should should do what is best for you. take this away from you. You have the right to the best health care possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food and a safe clean environment and, information to help you stay well. • Remember your parent’s/guardian’s advice when they tell you not to do something or not to go somewhere. It might not be safe. • Be proud of your family, where they come from, your colour and race, the special foods that you eat, the songs that you sing and the language you speak. • You should appreciate the things that your parents can afford to give you. 3 • Appreciate and love yourself because you are a special person.
  5. 5. You have the right to protection from any kind of exploitation, which means You have the right to privacy. being taken advantage of. Others should respect and protect your privacy. You should not be kidnapped, and if you are, the government should do their best to get you back. If you have been hurt or neglected in any way, you have the right to specialYou have the right to be protected from sexual care and treatment. abuse. This means that nobody can do anything to your body that makes you feel uncomfortable. This also means that nobody should be allowed to touch your private partsor take naked pictures of you or have you look If you are refugee (meaning youat pictures of naked people, or even make you have to leave your own country say things that you don’t want to say. because it is not safe for you to live there) you have the right to special protection and help. Some of the responsibilities that come along with your participation rights are: • If you are being hurt or abused, you should talk to an adult who can help you. • Be sure to tell the truth, even if you feel afraid. • Do your best to learn about the laws of the country in which you live. 4
  6. 6. If you live in foster care or in other If you have a disability, situations away from home, you either mental or physical, have the right to have these living you have the right to special arrangements looked at regularly care and education to help to see if it is the best place for you. you grow up in the same way as other children. No one should hurt you in any way. Adults should make sure that you are protected from abuse, violence and neglect. Even your parents have no right to hurt you. You have the right to protection intimes of war. If you are under 15 years, Even if you do something wrong, no one you should never have to be in the is allowed to punish you in a way that army or take part in war. In Belize, humiliates you or hurts you badly. You you can’t be a soldier until you are 18 should never be put in prison except as a years. last resort. If you have to be in prison, you have the right to special care and visits from your family. You have the right to be protected from the use of illegal and harmful drugs, and from the business of making and selling drugs. • You should not use drugs. If it is being offered to you, move away from where it is located and talk to an adult who can help you to get more information about it. • If you are in foster care, you should speak truthfully about the type of care you are receiving. • You should respect the privacy of others. 5
  7. 7. You have the right to play and rest. Your education should You have the right to a help you use and good quality education. develop your talents and You should be abilities. It should also encouraged to go to help you to live school up to the highest peacefully, protect the level that you can. environment and respect other people. If you are old enough to work, You have the right to according to the Laws of Belize,protection from work that you have the right to be safeharms you and is bad for and to be paid fairly. your health or keeps you from attending school. Some of the responsibilities that come along with your developmental rights are: • Do your homework, study and listen to your teacher. Pay attention in class and try not to disrupt, for example, talking out of turn, playing in class, or walking around. • Be sure to do your chores because it is important that you also help around the house. • Show kindness and respect when playing or doing work with others. • Ask for help when you are afraid or have problems. • Try to follow all your school rules and the laws of Belize. 6
  8. 8. You have the right to practice You have the right to get information your own religion and beliefs. that is important to your well-being Your parents should help you from radio, newspaper, books, decide what is best for you. computers, and other sources. Adults should make sure that the information you are getting is not harmful and help You have the right to find out you find and understand the things and to say what you think information you need. through speaking, writing, art, and other ways, unless it goes against the rights of others. You have the right to defend yourself if you have been accused ofIf you come from a minority committing a crime. The police andgroup, you have the right to lawyers and judges in court should enjoy your own culture, treat you fairly and make sure you practice your own religion understand what is going on.and use your own language. You have the right to choose your own friends and join or You have the right to set up groups, as long as itgive your opinion and for isn’t harmful to you or others.adults to take it seriously. Some of the responsibilities that come along with your participation rights are:• You should state your opinion and speak up, but do so in a respectful way.• You have a responsibility to choose friends and join groups that will have a positive effect on you.• You should listen to what your parents have to say and respect their opinion.• You -should try to learn about the different cultures and religions and respect other people’s culture and religion as well.• You have the responsibility to read only those books, watch only those TV programmes, play only those video games and visit only those websites that will have a positive effect on you.• You should try to find other ways of solving disagreements other than through violence. 7
  9. 9. These are your rights and no one should take them fromyou. Your parents and other adults in your life shouldhelp you to understand what these rights mean.Children and Adolescents of Belize, now that you knowyour rights and responsibilities, you must put them intopractice. You must also do your best to remember thatrights come with responsibilities. 8
  10. 10. (Back Cover) For more information, please contact:The National Committee for Families and Children 62 Cleghorn Street Belize City, Belize Tel: (501)223-0059/ 223-1180 Fax: (501) 223-1229 Email: ncfc@btl.net And listen to The Kid O’ Rama Show Saturdays at 8:30 am On LOVE FM
  11. 11. (inside cover) Published: November 2004 National Committee for Families and ChildrenAdapted from “United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child In Child Friendly Language (Giraffe Talk)” and UNICEF’s –“Know Your Rights! Children’s Rights in Plain English”

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