Children's Rights

[Revised entry by David William Archard on December 8, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Children are young human beings. Some children are very young human beings. As human beings
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[Revised entry by David William Archard on December 8, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Children are young human beings. Some children are very young human beings. As human beings children evidently have a certain moral status. There are things that should not be done to them for the simple reason that they are human. At the same time children are different from adult human beings and it seems reasonable to think that there are things children may not do that adults are permitted to do. In the majority of jurisdictions, for instance, children are not allowed to vote, to marry, to buy alcohol, to have sex, or to engage in paid employment. What makes children a special case for...

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