Author(s) Marta Avelina Fernandes de Macedo
Advisor(s) Andreia Sofia Pinto Oliveira
Year 2015

Synopsis The child has now a prominent position in international and domestic law, because of his title of subject of rights. The scope of this recognition came with the change of society mentality and also with the establishment of international organizations and the adoption of legal instruments with the primary objective to protect and promote all children. The most important moment of recognition of children’s rights took place with the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. In a single document which is centered on the child’s guardianship integrates and unites every child’s human rights. One of the most serious problems that the rights of children have to confront is the child labor. The child labor was early part of the society’s concerns. It is a phenomenon that deserves attention, both internationally and nationally, because the child is a vulnerable human being, needing a strong legal protection guaranteeing the respect and promotion of their rights, such as the right to well-being, the right to life, the right to play, the right to education, and others. Child labor have a far range and in our view it includes also the cultural, artistic and publicity activities, for example, children and adolescents participating in films, musicals, in advertisements, in fashion shows and other related activities. So, this paper aims to examine the rights of the children working on those activities, in order to understand if the regulation of these activities respect children’s rights and protect their interests. With this research we intend to demonstrate that the regulation of the mentioned activities should be strongly protective of children, and there can’t be any room for those activities may become harmful activities for children, for their safety, their education, their physical and mental development and consequently to their future.

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