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Mind the Gap - The Rights of Street Children Under the CRC and the Situation in Egypt

Månsson, Charlotte (2007)
Department of Law
Abstract
The Convention on the Rights of the Child is a legal framework stating what rights children have. Street children also have all these rights but few countries have responded to this. The Convention is however the most widely ratified multi-national treaty in existence and have been ratified by all countries known to deprive street children of their rights. This Master thesis uses the situation in Egypt as an example to illuminate the situation of street children and shows how and why they are deprived of the rights that they are provided for under the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The essay is based on a wide range of material gathered during a field study conducted by the author in Egypt between August 2005 and June 2006. Egypt... (More)
The Convention on the Rights of the Child is a legal framework stating what rights children have. Street children also have all these rights but few countries have responded to this. The Convention is however the most widely ratified multi-national treaty in existence and have been ratified by all countries known to deprive street children of their rights. This Master thesis uses the situation in Egypt as an example to illuminate the situation of street children and shows how and why they are deprived of the rights that they are provided for under the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The essay is based on a wide range of material gathered during a field study conducted by the author in Egypt between August 2005 and June 2006. Egypt was one of the first countries to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989 and has undertaken a lot of work to implement the Convention and ensuring children their rights. Street children have however been under prioritized and ignored until the beginning of this decade resulting in that they today are one of the most discriminated and disadvantaged groups in the Egyptian society. Their daily life situation is extremely harsh&semic they are exposed to economic and sexual exploitation, drugs, violence and detention. Furthermore they are denied the right to health care, the right to rest, leisure and education since they have to work in order to survive. The magnitude of street children living under these conditions in Egypt is frightening. The underlying factors that have caused the problem of street children in Egypt are many&semic a fast growing population (currently estimated at 79 million), an extensive unemployment, corruption and poverty as well as a lacking educational- and social security system. The government and non-governmental organizations have individually and in co-operation tried to work out strategies and solutions on how to tackle the problem and take action. These positive initiatives give hope that the gap between the rights given to children in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and in practice will gradually decrease but there is still much to be done. (Less)
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Månsson, Charlotte
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Folkrätt
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  abstract     = {The Convention on the Rights of the Child is a legal framework stating what rights children have. Street children also have all these rights but few countries have responded to this. The Convention is however the most widely ratified multi-national treaty in existence and have been ratified by all countries known to deprive street children of their rights. This Master thesis uses the situation in Egypt as an example to illuminate the situation of street children and shows how and why they are deprived of the rights that they are provided for under the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The essay is based on a wide range of material gathered during a field study conducted by the author in Egypt between August 2005 and June 2006. Egypt was one of the first countries to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989 and has undertaken a lot of work to implement the Convention and ensuring children their rights. Street children have however been under prioritized and ignored until the beginning of this decade resulting in that they today are one of the most discriminated and disadvantaged groups in the Egyptian society. Their daily life situation is extremely harsh&semic they are exposed to economic and sexual exploitation, drugs, violence and detention. Furthermore they are denied the right to health care, the right to rest, leisure and education since they have to work in order to survive. The magnitude of street children living under these conditions in Egypt is frightening. The underlying factors that have caused the problem of street children in Egypt are many&semic a fast growing population (currently estimated at 79 million), an extensive unemployment, corruption and poverty as well as a lacking educational- and social security system. The government and non-governmental organizations have individually and in co-operation tried to work out strategies and solutions on how to tackle the problem and take action. These positive initiatives give hope that the gap between the rights given to children in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and in practice will gradually decrease but there is still much to be done.},
  author       = {Månsson, Charlotte},
  keyword      = {Folkrätt},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Mind the Gap - The Rights of Street Children Under the CRC and the Situation in Egypt},
  year         = {2007},
}