Salt and the human rights of children

Salt and the human rights of children

My latest post about the need for some institutional actors to apologize to children before celebrating the UNCRC’s 25th anniversary this year produced some unexpected reactions. Some of my friends and readers got back saying that in some cases parents or entire traditional communities should apologize too.

I was made aware that in some countries traditional practices are terribly harmful to children, when they are most vulnerable: in their first months after birth. And indeed I was horrified to hear about some of them and thought that if these practices were applied to adults on such a large scale as they are applied to children then we would probably use words such as ‘torture’, ‘human rights violation’, or even ‘crimes against humanity’. But children cannot speak for themselves and this is why these words are never used and their plight is considered just normal. Read more about Salt and the human rights of children

Say ‘Sorry’ to children before celebrating the UNCRC this year.

Say ‘Sorry’ to children before celebrating the UNCRC this year.

This year the world celebrates the 25th anniversary – a quarter of a century already! – of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The UNCRC is said to be the most important child rights document that humanity ever created. The document that lists all the human rights of children, the most ratified treaty in the world, the one framework that makes adults see children as individuals with rights, rather than subjects of their whim and power. Important, hugh? We should celebrate.

Or maybe not that fast! Maybe we should first apologize before planning for any celebrations. In the last 25 years, just like in the 25 previous years or decades, children have been savagely, if not systematically, abused. The weaker they were, the more abuse they suffered from the adults around them. Read more about Say ‘Sorry’ to children before celebrating the UNCRC this year.