Childrens rights

12. 1. States Parties shall assure to the child who

is capable of forming his or her own views the right to express those views

freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given

due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child.

2. For this purpose, the child shall in particular be provided the

opportunity to be heard in any judicial and administrative proceedings affecting

the child, either directly, or through a representative or an appropriate body,

in a manner consistent with the procedural rules of national law.

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