Friday November 20 is International Children’s Rights Day. On this occasion, Claire Hédon is the guest of franceinfo junior. She succeeded Jacques Toubon as Defender of rights. At the microphone to interview him today: Emma, Yakinne, Medhi, CM1 students at Jules Verne school in Viry-Châtillon (Essonne).
To start, Emma, 9, first wants to know what it is to be an advocate. It is a person but also “an institution with 225 people” working in Paris and “525 delegates” in the departments. “We are responsible for defending the rights and freedoms of people who live throughout France, including overseas”, explains Claire Hédon. Rights that concern adults but also children, she specifies at the microphone, detailing the situations where children have the right to be heard and defended: harassment, divorce, school … The Defender of Rights underlines the importance of listening to children, “fundamental for these rights to be respected”.
Yakinne, 9, takes the floor in turn: “How can you make everyone respect children’s rights?” asks the schoolgirl. Claire Héron answers him: “I am already addressing the President of the Republic, his ministers, local communities, departments, various public services, mayors … also your parents … so that the rights of the child are there. everyone’s business. “ She explains that to achieve this, children must also be informed about their rights:
What is important is that if you have a concern or feel that your rights are not respected, you can contact me directly, alert me to a situation and me or our teams will respond.Calire Hédon, Defender of rights
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Moreover, Medhi has several suggestions: improve his school or even fight against child abuse. A subject he would like the Defender of Rights to speak to President Emmanuel Macron about. On this page, listen to this entire program with the children’s speeches and the responses of the Defender of Rights, Claire Hédon.