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Convention on the Rights of the Child

Who Are We? What Do We Americans Truly Value?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

If we compare Black child well-being in America to child well-being in other nations, the U.S. Black infant mortality rate exceeds that in 65 nations including Cuba, Malaysia, and Ukraine. Our incidence of low-birth weight Black infants is higher than in 127 other nations.

Will the U.S. Government Stand Alone in Rejecting Children's Rights?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 04.11.2015 | World
Lawrence Wittner

Treaty ratification requires support from two-thirds of the U.S. Senate―a level of support that has been lacking thanks to Republican Party opposition and, especially, the fierce hostility of the conservative Republican base, including groups like the Christian Coalition, the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, and the John Birch Society.

What Communities Are More Likely to Embrace Corporal Punishment? Let's Look at the Data

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 01.24.2015 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

On September 21, 2014, we sent a public records request to the Louisiana Department of Education, requesting the number of school corporal punishment incidents for the 2011-2014 school years. On October 29, 2014, we received the data. It was revealing.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is 25 years old: It's Time for America to Ratify

Samantha Nutt, MD | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Samantha Nutt, MD

New York in November. The zombie masks and ghoulish cut-outs that flooded stores from Bloomingdale's to Battery Park have been displaced by cartoon pilgrims, turkey decals and a seasonal carol or two.

Strengthening Children's Rights Through Better Data

Dr. Jody Heymann | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Dr. Jody Heymann

Pop quiz: Will secondary school be free for your children? Do all girls and boys have access to health care? Are children and youth protected from hazardous labor? Are there any exceptions to these rules? Are you sure?

25 Years Later, Children's Rights Still Lacking

Anne Goddard | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Anniversaries provide important milestones for taking stock, and on this one, it's clear that there is still much work to be done - that in many places around the world, the promises have turned out to be empty ones. At least, so far.

It Is Time for an International Children's Court

Gordon Brown | Posted 01.19.2015 | World
Gordon Brown

While no human rights treaty is more widely ratified than the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and while governments are required to report on their compliance on children's rights once every five years, little is done in practice to end the violation of children's rights. It is time for an International Children's Court.

The Legal Loopholes That Perpetuate Child Marriage

Dr. Jody Heymann | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jody Heymann

Between today and this time next year, around 15 million girls under the age of 18 will be married -- joining the ranks of another 700 million former child brides around the world, including 250 million who were married before the age of 15.

85 Million Children Work in Dangerous Conditions: Are Governments Fulfilling Their Promise to Prevent This?

Dr. Jody Heymann | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jody Heymann

In countries around the world, kids work in gold mines, salt mines, and stone quarries--while millions more toil in fields, factories, or construction sites.

Children's Right to Education: Where Does the World Stand?

Dr. Jody Heymann | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jody Heymann

In Mexico, one out of every two teenagers won't finish high school. In India, only a third of students get their high school diploma. Even in the U.S., around 5500 high schoolers will drop out before the end of the day.

Digital Citizenship Week Is a Time to Recognize Youth Rights

Larry Magid | Posted 12.21.2014 | Technology
Larry Magid

As we celebrate digital citizenship week, there will be a lot of discussion about good online behavior, including treating others with respect. And that's certainly a very important part of what it means to be a good citizen, whether "digital" or otherwise.

In Zimbabwe, Corporal Punishment Is the Preferred Tool for Shaping Children's Behavior

Miriam Mufaro | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Miriam Mufaro

As a mischievous child, being beaten up by parents and relatives for various misdemeanors became normal. I simply thought nothing of it; I did not think there was anything wrong with it.

A Young Woman Creating Video Games for Social Justice

Global Kids | Posted 08.10.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

One day in high school, somebody from Global Kids came to recruit people for a program called the Virtual Video Project. He said we could get a stipend, and we could work in the virtual world.

Pioneering Human Rights Activism Through Digital Technology

Global Kids | Posted 05.19.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

Global Kids teaches youth about the issues, and then we get to do something about it, whether it is a virtual camp or creating a film and putting it on the web so that everyone else can see and learn.

At the Vatican Noir: UN Seeking Disclosure of Thousands of Pedophile Cases Related to Clergy

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 09.09.2013 | World
Alison Winfield Burns

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) will investigate widespread sexual assault against children by Catholic clergy. "We ...

Young People and the NYPD -- Reflections on Universal Children's Day

Nahal Zamani | Posted 01.26.2013 | New York
Nahal Zamani

Stops are no minor inconvenience; they can be traumatic, violating and humiliating. The Center for Constitutional Rights has heard testimonies from people who experienced a range of inappropriate and abusive behaviors by police.

The Conflicted Role Of Religion In The 'Rights' Of Children

Katherine Marshall | Posted 08.30.2011 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Making child rights into something that helps the children who need them most means hard, collaborative work by often unlikely partners.

Blocking a UN Threat to the Family

Ken Blackwell | Posted 06.04.2011 | World
Ken Blackwell

If it should ever be ratified, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child would stand above our Constitution, and above our laws and Supreme Court rulings. Do we really want Muammar Gaddafi deciding what Human Rights are?

U.S. Government Witness Testifies Gitmo Prisoner's Religiosity Makes Him Dangerous

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The Obama administration has neatly washed its hands of the serious legal problems with its first military commissions trial. But it cannot so neatly solve the problem of having violated its international legal obligations.

Iran's Nuclear Crisis: Why ICC Ratification Could Help Ease Tensions and Avert War

Sam Sasan Shoamanesh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Sasan Shoamanesh

Increasing sanctions coupled with a record of reliance on aggressive language, inflexible positions and the overhanging threat of war have only served to toughen Iranian resolve.

Join the World in Embracing Children's Rights

Human Rights Watch | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights Watch

Only two countries in the world have failed to ratify The Convention on the Rights of the Child: Somalia and the United States, which drafted more of its provisions than any other government.

Italy Hosts Child Soldiers Symposium

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

With the changing nature of armed conflict, the impact of war on children and young people has become more brutal than ever.

Obama Administration Seeks To Join U.N. Rights Of The Child Convention

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UNITED NATIONS — The Obama administration is reviving efforts to have the United States sign onto a global children's rights treaty ratified by ...

Channeling My Inner Idealist

Jennifer Winstanley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Winstanley

Leaving law school for a semester in the middle of my second year to go work for an NGO in Northern Thailand was easier than I thought it would be. At...