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Children
Chapter Four - The Bill of Rights
Article 53. Children

(1) Every child has the right --
    (a)  to a name and nationality from birth;
    (b)  to free and compulsory basic education;
    (c)  to basic nutrition, shelter and health care;
    (d)  to be protected from abuse, neglect, harmful cultural practices, all forms of violence, inhuman treatment and punishment, and hazardous or exploitative labour;
    (e)  to parental care and protection, which includes equal responsibility of the mother and father to provide for the child, whether they are married to each other or not; and
    (f)  not to be detained, except as a measure of last resort, and when detained, to be held –
             (i)      for the shortest appropriate period of time; and
             (ii)     separate from adults and in conditions that take account of the child’s sex and age.
(2) A child’s best interests are of paramount importance in every matter concerning the child.




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