In 1989 the United Nations adopted a comprehensive document called the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC). New Zealand ratified it in 1993. Though it has never been embodied in law, many government departments and non-governmental agencies have used it as a guiding document. The Office of the Children's Commissioner and YouthLaw published a booklet called You have rights which outlined and synthesised UNCROC's 54 articles. This was written in simple language and used graffiti-inspired designs to appeal to a young audience.
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