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Article 31

I have a right to rest, relax and play

Adults should make sure children have the chance to play and relax in a safe, supportive and stimulating environment.

Governments should make sure children can be part of cultural and artistic activities.

When decisions are made about activities in the community, adults should include children in planning these

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Article 32

I have the right not to have to work unless I am old enough and it is safe

Governments should agree a minimum age for when children can start work. They should say how many hours children are allowed to work.

When children are old enough, there should be laws to make sure that adults who don’t stick to these rules are fined.

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Article 33

I have the right to be protected from dangerous drugs

Governments should make sure children know about dangerous drugs.

Governments should protect children from coming into contact with them.

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Article 34

I have the right not to be touched in ways that make me feel uncomfortable, unsafe or sad.

Governments should protect children from sexual abuse.

Nobody should do anything to children’s bodies that they do not want them to do, like touching them or taking pictures of them.

If children have been harmed or abused they should get the help they need to recover.

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Article 35

I have the right not to be kidnapped, sold or trafficked.

Governments should make sure that children are not taken from their family illegally.

Governments should make sure that children are not sold, kidnapped or trafficked.

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Article 36

I have the right not to be used by adults in ways that harm me

Governments should protect children from work or other activities that could harm their welfare.

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Article 37

If I break the law, I have the right not to be punished in a cruel or unnecessary way

Article 37 covers protection from cruelty and torture.

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Article 38

I have the right not to join the armed forces

Governments should not recruit children into the armed forces.

Governments should make sure that children are given extra protection when there is a war or armed conflict.

The Committee on the Rights of the Child has made it clear that no child under 18 should be recruited to the armed forces.

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Article 39

I have the right to help to get better if I have been hurt or badly treated

Governments should have laws to protect children from harm.

If they are hurt, neglected or badly treated, governments should provide children with special help to help them get better.

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Article 40

I have the right to be treated as a child if I break the law

Governments should make sure that children accused of breaking the law have access to a lawyer.

There should be a special justice system for children.

Children should only be kept somewhere they are not allowed to leave as a last resort

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