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CyberDodo and the Freedom of Expression (2-13)

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What does the Convention say?

Article 13 Children have the right to freely express their opinions. To receive and spread information and ideas. So long as it does not impinge on other peoples' rights.

Article 14 Children have freedom of thought, conscience and religion. With respect for parental guidance and the restrictions set out by national law.

Article 15 Children have the right to freedom of association and peaceful meetings. So long as this does not affect other peoples' rights.

The fact of being able to think freely, to believe in what you want, to express your ideas, your opinions, to listen to that of others, to exchange with them, etc., seems perfectly normal to alot of people throughout the world.

However, only recently in the history of mankind were these freedoms legally recognised for the first time in 1789, in the American Constitution and the French Delcaration of Human and Citizens Rights.

Each child has the right to freely express himself

Can we then conclude that things are getting better everywhere?

Unfortunately not!

Sadly, more than 2 centuries after the adoption of these basic texts, there are various places throughout the world where these rights are not always respected or even recognised, despite the fact that they are explicitly mentioned in the Convention. This is why the CyberDodo team, in collaboration with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child for the script, conceived and developed the episode associated with this case file.

It establishes an imaginary country in which children (And adults as well ) are not authorised to freely express their opinion and ideas, in violation of the text of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child signed by this country.

This is why, in his capacity as the Universal Ambassador of the Convention, with no preconceptions regarding race, religion, nationality, sex, social or political level, CyberDodo gets involved and helps ensure that articles 13, 14 and 15 are respected forthwith. This is the message of episode no. 13 and an example to be followed throughout the planet.

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  • Freedom of expression is a basic right

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