The UN NGO Innocence in Danger organized a press conference addressing this issue, stating the potential harm this may have on children in the United States.
One example of the effects of US non-membership to the global children’s rights treaty is Ariana Leilani King, a ten year old girl with dual German-American citizenship, who has medical problems that organizers state are not being properly addressed by the U.S. government.
For many Americans, this is a major cause of embarrassment, including President Obama who vowed to revive efforts to join the treaty when he first came to office in 2009. But three years later, this remains to be seen.
Many children’s rights advocates are speaking out against the US position, demanding that the government ratify the treaty.
Earlier this month the US Senate also voted against joining the UN Convention on the Rights of the Disable
- Innocence in Danger
- UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (arianaleilani.wordpress.com)
- Universal Children’s Day – “No room for complacency to prevent and prohibit crimes against children” (arianaleilani.wordpress.com)
- UNICEF: the top ten cartoons for children’s rights (thoolen.wordpress.com)
- Egypt NGO slams constitution over children’s rights (bikyamasr.com)
- Accepting children’s rights (fijitimes.com)
- National Child Day 2012 – Let’s Celebrate Our Children! (shareitforward.ca)
- Our Hearts Go Out to The Children and Parents of Newtown Connecticut; Help Avoid a Tragedy (arianaleilani.wordpress.com)
- US Press Conference Highlights the Case of 9 Year Old Ariana-Leilani Falling Through the Cracks in the USA (arianaleilani.wordpress.com)
- International Conference Convened in Geneva with Leading Experts Talk About the International Challenges of Child Protection (arianaleilani.wordpress.com)