Somalia Ratified UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Left the US the Only State Yet to Ratify
By admin October 8, 2015


On October 2nd, 2015, Somalia became the 196th State party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history. The makes the United States is the only country that has not ratified the Convention.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted in 1989, and commits to promote and respect the human rights of children, including the right to life, to health, to education, to play, to be protected from violence, as well as any form of discrimination, to have their views heard, and the right to family life. The central message of the Convention is that every child deserves a fair start in life.

Somalia deposited the instruments of ratification on Monday during the annual treaty event in New York, which finalized the ratification process. Somalia has one of the highest under-five mortality rates in the world and very high levels of violence against children. By ratifying this convention, Somalia has committed to “uphold the dignity and worth of every child and translate the obligation of the CRC into concrete actions, especially for those children in greatest need and at greatest risk.” UNICEF, which has worked in Somalia since 1972, is developing a nation-wide network of partnerships with over 200 international and national NGOs and community-based organizations in Somalia to promote child protection.

UNICEF applauds the step Somalia took and looks forward to supporting the country in the process of implementing the Convention. The Secretary-General welcomed the Government of Somalia’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Somalia’s ratification of the Convention leaves the United States as the last  state to have not ratified the CRC. Out of eighteen international human rights treaties, the US has only ratified five. Some international human rights organizations claimed that because of widespread misconceptions about the Convention and a lack of public understanding of the implementation of the agreements, there’s still a level of opposition within the Senate and in the public.  The Secretary-General has encouraged the United States to join the global movement and to help the world reach the objective of universal ratification, and  hopes it to happen in near future.

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