Young people have rights too.
Human rights are defined by the United Nations (UN) as 'the basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled'.
The freedoms of young people need to be defined on their own terms, and the UN uses the Convention on the Rights of the Child as a guide to these rights.
The 54 articles of this convention apply to all children below the age of 18.
Some of the most important points are worth summarising:
Although this convention is not a law, it sets out standards which should apply to everyone under the age of 18.
The government must follow these rights when they make any decisions that affect a young person's life.
For further information about young people's rights, see: