CRC @ 20: All Rights, All Children.
With 193 signatories, The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in the history of the United Nations.
On the 20th Anniversary only two nations remain on the wrong side of <everything> having yet to ratify the CRC:
Somalia* and The United States of America.
*UPDATE – Nov 20: ‘failed state’ of Somalia has agreed to ratify the CRC treaty.
Dear USA: Why Not?!
Many wonder why the USA hasn’t ratified the treaty… unsurprisingly, the usual suspects are at work, as you will see in this report:
- UNICEF: Action You Can Take & Education and Culture
- Download report: ’The State of the World’s Children’
- Video: Advocates – Experts – Perpectives
- Child? Know Your Rights
- Human Rights Watch
- Save the Children: “Child Rights are the DNA of our work”
- Child Rights Information Network
We’ll leave you with this quote from not-yet-President Obama in a 2008 debate:
“It’s embarrassing to find ourselves in the company of Somalia, a lawless land.”
Apparently, he is not embarrassed enough.
Please contact the Whitehouse and turn up the volume:
Email the President from Whitehouse.gov…
Comments line: 202-456-1111 / Switchboard: 202-456-1414
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500
**Photo credit: “Afghan children played in the Kochi refugee camp on the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan…” – Reuters/Athar Hussain