Working paper: The Need for Statutory Rights of Very Young ChildrenPublished on 19 Nov 2012 in Publications, Research, Resources by author
The Need for Statutory Rights of Very Young Children
By Dr. Binda Preet Sahni
This working paper seeks to crystallize the tenets of principles and practices relevant to Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) into binding legal rights. The aim is to protect ‘very young children’ everywhere by defining the rights to life, survival and development. These proposed set of human rights is relevant to every child who is conceived and continue until the child is six years old. Therefore, they exist whether the infant is a biological entity of the pregnant mother or is a separate physical person.
The author calls for a uniform child rights law to be enacted. The statute shall spell out the rights of very young children clearly. It should secure full defense of its subjects regardless of if it is implemented on a domestic or multilateral level.
This working paper addresses the social and legal environment of India, but is transnational in the overall analysis.
About the author:
Dr. Binda Preet Sahni is a lawyer and academic. Her core area of interest is the interaction of international law with all other legal disciplines. She consults and publishes on a range of legal issues, including defining the responsibilities of transnational corporations under national and international law.
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