Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Protecting the World's Children

Check out the new book by Cambridge UP, Protecting the World's Children: Impact of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Diverse Legal Systems, by Shaheen Sardar Ali, et al here.

Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (see on this blog) is a real challenge depending on the legal system and cultural traditions of a country. In countries with no rule of law and regular violations of civil rights, human rights are really irrelevant, so to speak. Systematic abuse of human rights therefore is pervasive in many of these countries. Moreover, traditions become important in that they are used as crude justifications for lack of implementation of children's rights. If a child is treated as property with no meaningful autonomy, how do you suppose children can even be said to have rights?

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