Article 11

I have the right not to be taken out of the country illegally.

Article 11 of the UNCRC says children and young people shouldn’t be taken from their home country against their will. If this does happen, the government of their home country should make sure they can return.

The article also makes it clear that nobody should take a child or young person from their home country for personal gain. They shouldn’t be abducted by anyone, including their parents. Countries should have agreements in place to make sure abducted children and young people can get home.

In the UK, everyone who leaves the country needs to have a passport— including babies. This should make it harder for them to be abducted.

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Article 35

Article 35 says children and young people shouldn't be sold, abducted or trafficked.

Full text

This article is a simplified version of Article 11 of the UNCRC. The full text of the Article can be found below:

1. States Parties shall take measures to combat the illicit transfer and non-return of children abroad.
2. To this end, States Parties shall promote the conclusion of bilateral or multilateral agreements or accession to existing agreements.