An End to Violence against Children Worldwide
Children worldwide suffer from abuse everyday. Not too many people are aware of the different kinds of abuse the children undergo-not because they don?t care, but because it is not publicized enough for anyone to do anything about it. Human rights groups have mainly focused on the rights of adults rather than children- chiefly the reason why this issue has not yet been solved. The maltreatment of children, let alone anyone, should not be tolerated anywhere.
On the night of November 20th, 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the world?s most widely ratified treaty in the world. They put together the Convention on the Rights of the Child, placing children?s rights on the world?s agenda. The Convention had promised children around the world the right to life, education, freedom and health care. In addition, it provides protection from many things: protection to those children in armed conflict; protection from discrimination against race or ethnicity; protection from torture or vindictive, inhuman or humiliating treatment or punishment; protection within the justice system and protection from economic utilization. In spite of the convention?s near-universal approval, children are still deprived of their basic rights. Somalia and the U.S. are the only two countries that have not yet ratified this treaty.
In dealing with the international human rights arena, it seems as though this large, voiceless population has taken one too many falls. ?Traditional children?s humanitarian
groups have focused mainly on vital survival and development projects, and have rarely addressed other human rights concerns because they could not afford to antagonize host governments. As the human rights movement was founded out of concern for political dissidents, it has sometimes overlooked those?like children?whose persecution is unrelated to their ...