Lecture delivered at the 2011 AUA Annual Convention in Washington DC.
CRC @ 20: All Rights, All Children.
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
- 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:
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