Written by damonramsey for PULSE
January 7, 2010 at 5:01 am
The 1990 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child delineates children’s civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights. Every country in worldwide has ratified the Convention except of course for the United States and Somalia.
In article 6, it is stated that a child has the right to life. Governments should “ensure that children survive and develop healthily”. Article 19 states that governments should “ensure that children are properly cared for, and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents or anyone else who looks after them”. Furthermore article 27 declares that a child has a “right to a standard of living that is good enough to meet its physical and mental needs”. Finally, article 38 concerns the right to receive “special protection” in war zones.
In 1991, Israel ratified the Convention. It is therefore bound to respect and promote the rights of all children in Israel and in the occupied Palestinian territories.
This moving video speaks for itself. You are not alone, dear children of Gaza.