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  1. President Bush.
  2. Conservative Critiques of the CRC.
  3. There are only a few articles that refer to restrictions on parental action.
  4. Rights in (Apparent) Conflict.
  5. The Chimera of Sovereignty and Security.
  6. gathering Information, Measuring Progress.
  7. Effective and Positive Authority.
  8. Conclusion.

You and all the Americans who voted for you were once children. Keep this simple fact in mind as you read this memo, because as adults, we sometimes forget the uniquely vulnerable role of children in society. This was certainly the spirit of Madeleine Albright, then Secretary of State, when she signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1995 on behalf of the United States. Since that time, there has been no progress made in this country toward ratification. While the treaty sits idle, children across the world and within our own borders are faced with devastating situations beyond their control.

[...] ?Placing the Convention on the Rights of the Child in an American Context.? Human Rights Spring 1999. Walker, Brooks, and Wrightsman. Children's Rights in the United States: In Search of a National Policy. Sage Publications, California 1999. Smith, Kevin Mark. United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: The Sacrifice of American Children on the Altar of Third-World Activism.? Washburn Law Journal, Vol Issue 112. pp 111-150. Lane, Charles. Supreme Court Abolishes Juvenile Executions.? Washington Post. Wednesday, March 2005; Page A01 Children's Rights in America : U.N. [...]


[...] It may not be wisest, however, to consider the rights of children using a cost-benefit analysis. Reasons why the United States should ratify the CRC are moral as well as political and economic. These include: the generation of information about children in America, getting a ?yardstick? to measure progress, gaining international authority to prevent child abuse, and building capacity to ensure children's rights through formal diplomatic means. Conservative Critiques of the CRC When the Convention on the Rights of the Child was drafted in 1989, there was little mention made in the United States. [...]


[...] United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: The Sacrifice of American Children on the Altar of Third-World Activism.? Washburn Law Journal, Vol Issue 112. pp 111-150. UNCRC Article 15. LeBlanc, Laurence J. p 169. Kilbourne, Susan p 29 UNCRC Article 17 UNCRC Article 37 Lane, Charles. Supreme Court Abolishes Juvenile Executions.? Washington Post. Wednesday, March 2005; Page A01 Kilbourne p 29 Children's Rights in America : U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child Compared with United States Law. [...]

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