Child's Play

What do the United States and Somalia have in common? They both have not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which “is the first legally binding international instrument to incorporate the full range of human rights – civil, cultural, economic political and social rights” for children.

The Convention was drafted in New York on November 20, 1989 and has been adopted by 193 countries with the US as the most notable exception.

Somalia probably doesn’t want to ratify the Convention because they will probably have to stop Kenya from recruiting Somali children as soldiers in addition to providing the children with an education, clean water and protection.

The United States probably doesn’t want to ratify the Convention because then their schools can’t paddle autistic children anymore, their farms can’t employ children to work long hours under hazardous conditions, and their prisons systems won’t be able to sexually abuse detained children without fear of having lawsuits filed against them.

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