Week 13 Response - The Convention was not ratified by the...

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Response Week 13 The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was a gathering in which human rights activist from around the world coalesced to create a universal document of the rights of the child. The document requires states to act in the best interest of the child. This right alludes that children are not property that can be possessed and, instead, are individual right bearers. The convention also made a point to discuss a child’s unique right to his or her own name and the right to be raised by his or her own parents. These types of rights do not need to be considered for independent adults and are, therefore, unique to children. The right to be raised his or her own parents is important because it inhibits a government’s power to take custody of a child, and ensures that the child’s viewpoint will be heard in custody battles. Finally, and most importantly, the convention clearly forbids the use of capital punishment on children.
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Unformatted text preview: The Convention was not ratified by the United States for various political and religious reasons. Many political conservatives argued that it conflicts with the constitution. In addition, the Supreme Court has steadfastly held that no government may interfere with the parent-child relationship, and that the treaty would undermine parent rights. It was also argued by various US organizations that the UN had become increasingly invasive on domestic policies, and that many of the matters discussed in the convention were only marginally related to the rights of the child. Many of these arguments stem from deeply entrenched cultural differences. The fact the USs society still has certain troubles stomaching human rights changes shows the complex struggle of other cultures, such as the case in Asia, to conform to western ideals....
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