Updated: Jun 7
Given the recent change in the Congress and the White House, it is highly likely that this Treaty is in the process of emerging. Protect your homeschooling rights. . .
Feburary 2009 Updated 9/09
ALERT! ALERT! ALERT!
You must act IMMEDATELY to educate your US Senators and ask them to oppose the ratification of the UNCRC. Urge your friends in other states to call and fax their US Senators http://www.senate.gov/
Given the recent change in the Congress and the White House, it is highly likely that this Treaty is in the process of emerging. Sen. Boxer has asked the State Department to complete its review and present this Treaty for ratification. Globalists, like former Vice President Al Gore, are advocating that children question their parents’ conventional wisdom http://www.businessandmedia.org/articles/2009/20090204144819.aspx . Parental rights are certainly under attack and this Treaty will set children against parents.
Once this Treaty is signed, the United States will obligate itself to pass laws to comply with new standards and guidelines for children set by the United Nations. For example, the latest guidelines for sex education curriculum are spelled out in the UNESCO International Guidelines On Sexuality Education. Read the document for yourself and decide if you want the UN setting the standards for mandatory sex education in the United States http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0018/001832/183281e.pdf The problem with the Treaty is that we, the people, lose control of our own laws concerning children and put our laws in the hands of international experts elected by the UN.
Synopsis of “The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child” Treaty and its Potential Harm
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) will severely impact the rights of parents and the power of the United States Constitution. If the UNCRC is ratified, it will become the Supreme Law of the Land along with the US Constitution and federal laws. State and federal judges will be interpreting cases in light of this international law. Judges will be required to determine what is in the “best interest” of the child, rather than parents.
At first glance, the Treaty’s planned effect may appear benign or even attractive. In fact, most of the good standards are already laws in our country or states. Since the United States already has laws that provide for the protection and well-being of our children, we do not need the United Nations overseeing the rights of our children and reviewing our laws.
The problem with signing any treaty is that it becomes mandatory in the United States because the US Constitution makes all treaties mandatory Supreme Law of the Land, whereas UN Treaties are voluntary in every other country. This Treaty may be found on the United Nations website at https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Professionalinterest/crc.pdf
Ask your Senators to vote “NO” for the following reasons:1.The U.S. Constitution Supremacy Clause makes the Treaty the Supreme Law of the Land. Article VI, Clause 2 of the US Constitution reads: This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding. [Emphasis added.] Therefore, this treaty usurps both State and Federal authority to control the destiny of our own children. The United Nation NGO will evaluate our laws and tell the US where we need to improve in order to comply with our obligations under the UNCRC. Without a doubt, if the United States ratifies the UNCRC, additional US federal and state laws will have to be passed to further protect perceived children’s rights over their parent’s right to make critical life-shaping decisions on their behalf. 2.It is a legally binding instrument.
Direct Quote taken from UNICEF http://www.unicef.org/crc/index.html The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the first legally binding international instrument to incorporate the full range of human rights—civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights” The Convention protects children’s rights by setting standards in health care; education; and legal, civil and social services.
By agreeing to undertake the obligations of the Convention (by ratifying or acceding to it), national governments have committed themselves to protecting and ensuring children’s rights and they have agreed to hold themselves accountable for this commitment before the international community. States parties to the Convention are obliged to develop and undertake all actions and policies in the light of the “best interests of the child. The United States has not ratified the UNCRC, but has ratified two voluntary Optional Protocols. The Optional Protocols provide more detail and expand obligations beyond those in the UNCRC. Presently, individual States must independently choose whether to be bound by a protocol. http://www.unicef.org/crc/index.html3.
The Standards will be used for legal redress in an international court: “The standards can also be used for legal redress when violations are filed in regional human rights courts such as the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica or the European Commission for Human Rights.” 4.Compliance with the Treaty will be monitored by a committee of experts from other nations, sitting in Geneva. This 18 member non-governmental organization (NGOs) Committee, elected by the members of the UN, will have the authority to issue official interpretations of the treaty which are entitled to binding weight in American courts and legislatures. This effectively transfers ultimate authority for all US policies on children to this foreign committee.
This Convention is the only international human rights treaty that expressly gives non-governmental organizations a role in monitoring its implementation, under Article 45a, through visits to the countries by the Committee. “The standards (UNCRC) are used as benchmarks in which progress can be assessed. Individual States will also be required to periodically report to the United Nations on the status of children’s rights.”5.US National sovereignty will be compromised. This Treaty will force the United States to conform to the laws and policies of the global community. The international community will be reviewing the laws of the United States. Progress reports to the Committee will be required within two years of signing the Convention and every five years thereafter. View the Report that must be submitted http://www.unhchr.ch/tbs/doc.nsf/(Symbol)/CRC.C.5.En?OpenDocument
“Having ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UK Government is obliged to strive to ensure that children have the highest attainable standards of health and access to health services. In 2008, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child urged the UK Government to intensify its efforts to provide young people with appropriate sexual health services.”
Also read the new UNESCO educational guidelines: International Guidelines on Sexuality Education, especially those for children ages 5 -8. These will be required curriculum for preschool children in countries who have ratified the UNCRC. http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0018/001832/183281e.pdf6.Individuals will have no voice. The U.S. has only one seat in the United Nations and may not have a seat on the NGO Committee which provides reports to the General Assembly. It is an elected seat. Given the current international climate, it is common knowledge that the U.S. is no longer embraced by the majority of nations around the world. Only designated “experts” will be permitted to address the UN Committee. Individual concerned US citizens and enlightened congressmen will have no right to be heard after the Treaty is ratified. 7.There is no need for the US to sign this Treaty. The US has already signed human rights treaties which protect the rights of people of all ages. The CRC may empower children over their parents during their formative years. The United States already has laws sufficient to protect the health, safety and welfare of our own children. The United States does not need international standards to be enforced against its own people. Moreover, as the greatest protector and beacon for civil liberties and freedoms in the world, the U.S. certainly should not grant authority to the United Nations over U.S. policy, as well as state and federal laws
Here are a few important questions to ask yourself and your Senators after you read the UNCRC.
Who will decide what is in the “best interest of the child”?
What will the age of majority be in matters pertaining to: “legal or medical counseling without parental consent, end of compulsory education, sexual consent, and consumption of alcohol or other controlled substances?”
Will we have to pay for our children to challenge our authority in court?
Will home education and private schools be illegal or heavily regulated and supervised since it limits a child’s right of association?
What will happen to parents when rebellious children simply complain to authorities about decisions their parents have made?
Will parents be able to determine what type of art, media and images a child can view, what activities they can participate in and where they can go?
What penalties can be imposed in “matters that are of interest to monitoring bodies under various international human rights instruments, such as the Treaty on Human Rights?”
Can the standards set forth in the UNCRC be used against parents in an international court?
– Action must be taken now by every concerned parent in the US. – Call your Senators today. http://www.senate.gov/ – Ask them to vote “NO” when the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is brought up for ratification in the US Senate.
Spread this document to everyone you know. The sovereignty of the United States and our parental rights are at stake. It all depends on you.