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Aljazeera - US yet to sign UN child rights treaty

It has been 20 years since the United Nations adopted a treaty aimed at protecting the rights of children around the world.

The Convention for the Rights of the Children has been ratified by every country except Somalia which has not had a functioning government for most of the last two decades and the US.

Barack Obama, the US president, has said he wants to change that, but he faces opposition from congress.

Critics say the convention places the rights of children above their parents and is anti-family. Others cite sovereignty issues.

But rights groups dismiss those criticisms as unfounded.

Al Jazeera's Cath Turner reports from the United Nations in New York City.

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Comment by David on April 16, 2010 at 6:00pm
We don't have to sign any treaty or to ratify any convention to respect the Rights of Children and Youth in our country. Let's start at home. Let's start with the Rights of Children and Youth in our schools (see below).
~ David
Comment by David on April 16, 2010 at 5:40am
Do schools respect the Rights of Children and Youth?

"We take it for granted that schools should foster good citizenship. Universal education in this country in particular always kept one eye sharply focused on the goal of making good Americans out of us all....."

"...I think it is safe to say that the individual liberties so cherished by our ancestors and by each succeeding generation will never be really secure until our youth, throughout the crucial formative years of their minds and spirits, are nurtured in a school environment that embodies these basic American truths......"

Look here: http://www.childrightsinpractice.org/xn/detail/2928733:Comment:8936

So, let's start at home. Let's start with the Rights of Children and Youth in our schools.
Comment by David on December 18, 2009 at 10:30am

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