Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man was published in 1791. Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Women came out, in response, in 1792. But it wasn’t until the 20th century that Children’s Rights began to be taken seriously, culminating in 1989 with the introduction of The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The convention declares that every child should have a right to a name, to a nationality, to access to health care, to play and recreation, to survival, to liberty and to an education. Who could possibly object to that? Well, you’d be surprised.

The convention is ...


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