Convention on the rights of the child nearly universally ratified! - BICE - ONG de protection des droits de l'enfant
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Convention on the rights of the child nearly universally ratified!

The Convention on the rights of the child is now almost universally ratified. On January 25th 2015, Somalia joined the group of 195 countries to have signed this founding text for child protection.  

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A necessary yet insufficient treaty

This text is the first international treaty that judicially coerces countries in regards to children’s rights. Every country that ratifies it commits not only to respect the text but also to report on its application. Somalia is the 195th state to have ratified the text.

The BICE recognises this step forward and is delighted by the promise of progress in protecting the dignity and the rights of children. The International Catholic Child Bureau participated in the writing of the text between 1979 and 1989. Through its missions, it supports the application of the Convention.

The ratification of the Convention on the rights of the child is a big step forward. Yet, it is not enough. We know that numerous countries have committed to respect the text but have not passed national laws to reflect the international norm. Having a law is therefore insufficient. One must also give oneself the means to respect it.

The Convention on the rights of the child: a universal text, or almost…

Only two countries have not ratified the Convention on the rights of the child: South Sudan and the United States. South Sudan has declared their will to ratify it. The US have signed the text: they have not ratified it but they have ratified the protocols regarding children involved in armed conflicts and the selling and prostitution of children and child pornography.  

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