UNCRC: The 18-24 Debate
You may already have heard of The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (The UNCRC). It's an agreement signed by many governments all across the world that outlines and protects the human rights of people under the age of 18. And right now, your opinion is needed to decide whether it should apply to over 17s as well.
Human rights are guarantees that protect individuals and groups from actions that affect their freedom and human dignity. Human rights are things that you are entitled to simply by being alive. They are:-
- Universal: the same for everyone
- Indivisible: equally important
- Inalienable: all humans have them and they cannot be taken away
Since May of this year, all Ministers who work in the Welsh Government have to consider the UNCRC when they are doing their work. However the UNCRC currently only affects the rights of those under 18. In Wales, the government definition of a young person is anyone aged between 11-25. This has raised the question: should the UNCRC apply to people older than 17? At present, 18-24 year olds are covered under the standard Human Rights Act rather than the UNCRC, which is tailored towards young people.
This question is being opened up to young people — of all ages — because your opinion matters. Between now and Dec 28th you are being asked to submit your views on whether or not the UNCRC should apply to 18-24 year olds in Wales.
If you want your opinion to be heard, and to play a role in deciding the future of human rights in Wales, then please take some time to read the documents on the consultation page — which will explain the relevant differences between the Human Rights Act and the UNCRC — and submit your opinions.
You can also leave comments and questions at the bottom of this article. Discussion, as always, is encouraged.