The right to associate with both biological parents, human identity as well
as the basic needs for food, universal state-paid education, health care and
criminal laws appropriate for the age and development of the child.
Interpretations of children's rights range from allowing children the capacity
for autonomous action to the enforcement of children being physically, mentally
and emotionally free from abuse, though what constitutes "abuse" is a matter of
A child is any human being below the age of eighteen years, unless under the
law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier. According to Cornell
University, a child is a person, not a sub person, and the parent has absolute
interest and possession of the child, but this is very much an American view.
The term "child" does not necessarily mean minor but can include adult children
as well as adult nondependent children. There are no definitions of other terms
used to describe young people such as "adolescents", "teenagers," or "youth" in
international law. Children's rights spans the fields of law, politics,
religion, and morality.