Law and Children’s Rights Protection: the Nexus for a Sustainable Development in Nigeria

AKWARA Azalahu Francis, SOYIBO Adekunle G., AGBA Michael S.


Every human society, no matter how primitive it may look, is governed by a code of laws. These laws give order and meaning to their lives and serve for social control and overall development of the society. Some societies deny their citizens especially women and children, their natural and civil rights because they believe that the rights of women and children are adequately protected by their husbands and fathers.  But the inhuman treatment meted out to women and children even by their husbands and fathers have brought to the fore the errors and problems of taking for granted the protection of the rights of women and children in the society. This paper therefore examines the dangers posed by taking the rights of children for granted in the society and efforts being made in Nigeria to protect the child for the overall and sustainable development of the society.Key words:  child; rights; survival rights; development rights; participation rights;   protection rights Résumé:  Toutes les sociétés humaines, quelle que soit son apparence primitive, est régie par un code de lois. Ces lois donnent un ordre et un sens à leur vie et servent de contrôle social et du développement global de la société. Certaines sociétés négligent les droits naturels et civils de leurs citoyens, en particulier les femmes et les enfants, parce qu'elles pensent que les droits des femmes et des enfants sont suffisamment protégés par leurs maris et leurs pères. Mais les traitements inhumains infligés aux femmes et aux enfants, voire par leurs maris et les pères ont mis en évidence les erreurs et les problèmes de considérer que les droits des femmes et des enfants dans la société sont protégés. Le présent article examine donc les dangers posés de considérer les droits des enfants comme acquis dans la société et les efforts déployés au Nigeria, à fin de protéger l'enfant pour un développement global et durable de la société.Mots-clés: enfants, droits; droit de survie; droit de développment; droit de participation; droit de protection

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