On Children’s Rights

I thought the most interesting reads were the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, both for adults and in a “child friendly” language. It’s interesting to see how the rights of children have been taken into consideration and protected over the years. It’s also sad, but not very surprising, to see that these rights weren’t adopted until 1989. I also enjoyed viewing the “child friendly” version. Children really need to be aware of what their rights are. Most probably don’t even think of themselves as having “rights” and it’s important for them to have this information. This is also a Global Agreement. According to the WORLD Policy Analysis Center, 190 UN Member States have agreed to defend these rights.

Reading further along, if you browse through the fact sheets, you’ll notice that the United States is not CRC ratified for a single one of these rights! I further researched this, and found this article from The Washington Post. According to the article, the United States did sign the treaty, but ratification in the U.S. requires two thirds a majority vote and Republican senators opposed. I will admit, I don’t know the author of this article and so I can’t guarantee it’s credible. However, this article also states that the bill was signed but never ratified due to some Republican senators opposing it. Both articles also state that the only two countries that also haven’t ratified the treaty are Somalia and South Sudan.

Reading into this, I learned a lot that I hadn’t previously considered. Considering there are still many children who are denied their rights anyway, such as the millions of girls out there who are denied an education for example, how powerful are these rights? The fact that our country hasn’t ratified these rights is concerning to me, and I’d definitely like to learn more about this issue.



One thought on “On Children’s Rights

  1. I, also, was shocked that the United States hadn’t ratified the CRC, especially since we are one of the most powerful countries in the world; we patriotically tout ourselves as the “best country in the world,” but if we hesitate on ratifying important issues, like access for those with disabilities and paid maternity leave, while other countries don’t, aren’t we lagging in the forefront of education? Although the article explains that U.S. policies/laws are somewhat consistent with the treaty, it’s clear that is less the case with some things than others, like maternity leave and minors of a certain age being tried as adults.


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