Brat Patrol

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (commonly abbreviated as the CRC, CROC, or UNCRC) is a human rights treaty setting out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children. The Convention defines a child as any human being under the age of eighteen, unless the age of majority is attained earlier under a state’s own domestic legislation.

Nations that ratify this convention are bound to it by international law. Compliance is monitored by the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child, which is composed of members from countries around the world. Once a year, the Committee submits a report to the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, which also hears a statement from the CRC Chair, and the Assembly adopts a Resolution on the Rights of the Child.

Governments of countries that have ratified the Convention are required to report to, and appear before, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child periodically to be examined on their progress with regards to the advancement of the implementation of the Convention and the status of child rights in their country. Their reports and the committee’s written views and concerns are available on the committee’s website.

The U.N. General Assembly adopted the Convention and opened it for signature Nov. 20, 1989 (the 30th anniversary of its Declaration of the Rights of the Child).  It came into force on Sept. 2, 1990, after it was ratified by the required number of nations. Currently, 193 countries are party to it, including every member of the United Nations except Somalia, South Sudan, and the United States.

The Convention deals with the child-specific needs and rights. It requires that states act in the best interests of the child. This approach is different from the common law approach found in many countries that had previously treated children as possessions or chattels, ownership of which is sometimes disputed in family disputes.

In many jurisdictions, properly implementing the Convention requires an overhaul of child custody and guardianship laws, or, at the very least, a creative approach within the existing laws. The Convention acknowledges that every child has certain basic rights, including the right to life, his or her own name and identity, to be raised by his or her parents within a family or cultural grouping, and to have a relationship with both parents, even if they are separated.

The Convention obliges states to allow parents to exercise their parental responsibilities. The Convention also acknowledges that children have the right to express their opinions and to have those opinions heard and acted upon when appropriate, to be protected from abuse or exploitation, and to have their privacy protected, and it requires that their lives not be subject to excessive interference.

The Convention also obliges signatory states to provide separate legal representation for a child in any judicial dispute concerning their care and asks that the child’s viewpoint be heard in such cases. The Convention forbids capital punishment for children.

In its General Comment 8 (2006) the Committee on the Rights of the Child stated that there was an “obligation of all States parties to move quickly to prohibit and eliminate all corporal punishment and all other cruel or degrading forms of punishment of children.” Article 19 of the Convention states that State Parties must “take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence.

The United States government played an active role in the drafting of the Convention and signed it on Feb. 16, 1995, but has not ratified it, and will not be able in the near future because the Convention forbids both death sentences and life imprisonment for children. Along with Somalia (which does not have a proper government) and South Sudan (the most recent independent country), the United States is one of only three countries in the world which have not ratified the Convention. It has been claimed that opposition to the Convention stems primarily from political and religious conservatives. For example, the Heritage Foundation sees it as threatening national control over domestic policy and the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) argues that the CRC threatens homeschooling. Obama has described the failure to ratify the Convention as “embarrassing” and had promised to review it.

The United States government played an active role in the drafting of the Convention. It commented on nearly all of the articles, and proposed the original text of seven of them. Three of these come directly from the U.S. Constitution.  On Feb. 16, 1995, Madeleine Albright, at the time the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, signed the Convention. It has not so far been ratified; the United States historically has employed a cautious approach to ratification of treaties: for example, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination was only ratified 28 years after being signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson.  Though generally supportive of the Convention, President Bill Clinton did not submit it to the Senate for its advice and consent.

Ratification of the UNCRC requires all states party to the treaty to submit reports, outlining the implementation of the treaty on the domestic level, to the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child, a panel of child rights experts from around the world. States must report initially two years after acceding to (ratifying) the Convention and then every five years.

On Sept. 12, 2012, Delaware became the first state to outlaw all corporal discipline of children by their parents.  Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Patricia Blevens, SB 234 adds the infliction of “pain” to the definition of “physical injury.”  While physical injury is understandably prohibited under Delaware law, now any parent who knowingly causes their child pain can face up to a year in prison; two years if the child is aged three or under, which is the precise age when children usually need spankings.

In addition to the spanking ban, there’s also the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.   At 9:45 p.m. on Sept. 20, 2012, Senators Durbin (D-IL) and Harkin (D-IA) tried to get the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ratified on the Senate floor in a sneak attack.  Without notice, they asked for unanimous consent to ratify the treaty immediately.  Fortunately, Sen. Mike Lee (R) of Utah was present and objected, and it was not voted on until Friday.  If Sen. Lee had not been present, they may have succeeded.  This treaty strips the parental rights away from American parents and gives the United Nations oversight on how we care of special needs children.

Conservatives now face 53 Democrats in the U.S. Senate who have uniformly supported U.N. treaties to undermine our families and national sovereignty.  On Dec. 4, 2012, the United States Senate rejected ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  The of 61 to 38 in favor of the treaty was short of the required two-thirds majority (66 in favor) necessary to ratify a treaty according to Article II of the U.S. Constitution.  This is by no means over.  The opposing side has made it clear that it is their goal to reintroduce the CRPD Treaty this session in an effort to ratify it with the new 113th Congress.  We need to continue to work hard to pass both state and federal legislation that will protect parental and other God-given Constitutional rights.

Between the two Conventions, the United Nations will be able to determine how money our government spends on children (handicapped and otherwise) and how much it spends on the military.  If these two treaties are ratified, the government will use our own children to strip away our only means of physical defense.  We would also be declared a wealthy nation and be required to subsidize the education of children in Third World countries, just as suburban residents in New Jersey are required to subsidize the poorest school systems in the state, even those not located in the resident’s county (i.e., West Milford, the most taxed town in Passaic County must subsidize the Newark school system because the Newark Watershed lies within West Milford’s boundaries.).

“Spare the rod and spoil the child,” the Bible tells us.  The United Nations ultimate agenda is to break up the nuclear family, undermine parental authority, and usurp the decision-making process and education of American children.  They’ve already succeeded in every other country in the world.  America is truly the last bastion of freedom.

If this treaty is ratified, your child will be free to mouth off to you, scream their head off in the supermarket or theater, determine when they want to play, choose their own religion, learn the proper method for putting on a condom in kindergarten, and have you arrested for spanking them, especially if they’re three or under.  They could ask for a government review of every decision you make on their behalf and have the government override that decision if they agreed with the child.

Imagine what a treaty like this would do to family harmony and discipline.  Mothers (and Fathers) of America:  if there was ever a time to put down the blasted soccer ball, baseball, basketball, skip the trip to the mall, the theater, the spa, and use your cell phone for something truly useful, this is it.  Speed dial, e-mail, fax, Twitter your legislator and let them know who’s the Mom (or Dad).  Let them know you wear the pants in your family, not the government.

For someone in diapers to be making the decisions, for someone in the government to intervene on their behalf, is to drive a stake right through the heart of the family.  Say “NO!” to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and get involved with the proposed Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Parentalrights.org.

 

 

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