One of the most widely ratified human rights treaties is that which protects the world’s youngest citizens: the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The convention provides many international protections for children that are already covered under national legislation today. These protections range from life, name, and nationality to expression of opinion, freedom of thought, privacy, identity, and many additional rights that are often times a part of daily life, including education, health care, disability rights, and standards of living. The Human Rights Education Association provides a simplified version of the convention.
The seemingly simple choice to ensure that our children’s rights are protected has been made by all but three countries. The first, Somalia, may not come as surprise for many, nor should the world's newest state, South Sudan.
The third? The United States of America.