The Convention on the Rights of the Child came into force on September 2, 1990, and today it is the most widely ratified international human rights law treaty in existence. The Convention on the Rights of the Child has been ratified by 193 nations.
-20 children killed at the elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut (2012).
-32 children killed in artillery barrage in Syria (2012).
-92 children killed on Island of Utoya, Norway (2011).
-1,629 children killed in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in Gaza (2000-present).
-29,000 children dead from starvation in Somalia (2011).
-864,000 children dead from Malaria in Africa (2011).
We can do better for our children.
We should do better for our children.
We must do better for our children.
Stiffer gun control laws? Greater mental health awareness and support for children and their families? International pressure to achieve peace in war ridden countries? New policies on drug distribution for developing countries? Food equity and greater sharing of resources?
Let’s start thinking, discussing and doing what we can to create a better world for our children.
In 2009 in Switzerland more than 57% of voters and 22 out of 26 provinces voted in favor of imposing a national ban on the construction of minarets, the prayer towers of mosques. In 2011, France introduced a law against covering one’s face in public. Muslim women in full-face veils, or niqab, were banned from any public activity including walking down the street, taking a bus, going to the shops or collecting their children from school. That same year, another law that banned saying prayers in the street, a practice by French Muslims unable to find space in mosques, came into effect in Paris.
In a recent ruling, a Cologne’s (Germany) District Court criminalized the religious circumcision of minors, even with the consent of parents. In Hof, a small German town near the Czeck border, four German citizens filed criminal complaints with the local prosecutor against a local Rabbi alleging the crime of performing ritual circumcisions. In New York, the City’s Board of Health voted earlier this month to require parents to sign a consent form before having their child undergo an Orthodox Jewish circumcision ritual.
Those favoring the regulation of circumcisions cite as their main reason the health risks to the children of certain circumcision rituals. The principal reason put forth for banning the construction of minarets was to eliminate conflict. Proponents of the law prohibiting the covering of the face saw the law as a way to prevent the oppression of women in Islamic communities.
Is there a trend of governments trying to eliminate religion and impose secularism as the new religion?
Are governments being insensitive to religious beliefs, or are governments only looking out for the wellbeing of their citizens?
Do these laws violate the right of individuals to practice their religion?