Guest Author - Aisling Ireland
What extra protection does the UN feel that children are entitled to? The Declaration of the Rights of the Child gives clarification.
The Declaration of the Rights of the Child was passed by the UN's General Assembly on 20 November 1959, making this year the 50th anniversary of its acceptance. While the UN had previously passed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, member nations felt that an addition declaration outlining the rights of child was appropriate and necessary given the vulnerability inherent in being a child.
The Declaration of the Rights of the Child is comprised of 10 principles that each and every child on this planet should be entitled. These rights are not extravagant; they are the very heart of human rights. They are the rights that most of us routinely take for granted every day, the rights that most of us have that we never think about having. For example, Principle 3 guarantees each child a name and a nation. Think about it: from the very first moment of birth, most of us are automatically citizens of a country, members of a family and a heritage. We have a name, which often implies an identity. But when children are abandoned, abused, used as objects of labor or victims of sex trafficking, these children have no nation nor a name. For these children that which we are immersed in every day is non-existent.
Help celebrate the 50th anniversary by reading the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in full and then take action to ensure that every child is guaranteed the most basic of human rights. Read it, and then join in the fight to insure that these rights aren't valid only on paper.
*~Aisling Ireland~* is long time human rights activist, a member of Amnesty International, a One Campaign supporter, writer, and an ordained Spiritual Counselor.
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