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Overview: Definition of a child

© UN Malaysia/2004/Chauly

A “child” is anyone under the age of 18, according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and Malaysia’s Child Act 2001.

The CRC states that children everywhere are entitled to basic human rights. These rights are interconnected and of equal importance since each right is inherent to the human dignity and harmonious development of every child, regardless of their age, gender or ethnicity.

Children need to be educated on their rights and be respected as individuals with rights.

What is the CRC?
Full text of the CRC
What is the Child Act 2001?
Full text of the Child Act 2001

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