Change Looming on the Horizon
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is an international human rights treaty that grants all children and young people (aged 17 and under) a comprehensive set of rights. When a country ratifies the convention it agrees to do everything it can to implement it.
Sounds great doesn’t it? Rights for children is always of ultimate importance. We should all be eager to adopt this measure in our own country as well right?
Chillingly, there are many in the new Obama Administration who see UNCRC in this light and who are actively promoting the ratification of this international law in the United States.
See this information from www.parentalrights.org :
International law that seeks to empower the government to intrude upon the child-parent relationship is becoming an increasing threat. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), a seemingly harmless treaty with dangerous implications for American families, is approaching possible ratification by the United States.
If this treaty is made binding upon our country, the government would have the power to intervene in any child’s life to advance its definition of “the best interests of the child.” The scenarios that could occur—and are occurring—as a result of this dangerous notion are both manifold and frightening.
Under the UNCRC, instead of following due process, government agencies would have the power to override your parental choices at their whim because they determine what is in “the best interest of the child.”
In essence, the UNCRC applies the legal status of abusive parents to all parents. This means that the burden of proof falls on the parent to prove to the State that they are good parents—when it should fall upon the State to prove that their investigation is not without cause.
Our nation has consistently maintained that parents possess a fundamental right to raise their children as they see fit. This belief has been upheld by our judiciary in numerous Supreme Court cases that reflect the American people’s longstanding commitment to parental rights.
UNCRC has been ratified in many countries across the world, and we can see the effect it is having on the erosion of parental rights, and the increasing intrusion of government into the family.
There is pressure here in the states to conform to this international law, in fact, the U.S. has already signed the convention, but not ratified it. To date, there are only two countries which have not ratified the UNCRC, the United States, and Somalia.
President-elect Barack Obama has described the failure to ratify the Convention as ’embarrassing’ and has promised to review it as president.
The United States is a mere vote away from ratifying this convention, doing so would be the ultimate death knell for the preeminence of parental rights, which are ultimately the greatest natural protection children have.