Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Article 9... protecting children...

I think it is important that every person makes a stand about what is going on in USA concerning children at the borders...
But also to lift eyes to the fact that this is not just happening in USA either... there are children all over the world that are living in inhuman conditions... my time in Palestine has shown me that... not one of my friends, family or colleagues (in real life or online) would ever wish to raise their child in a country where there is such instability, where soldiers can march into your home at any time, where children are arrested and taken away without informing family and are often tortured - I have listened to the stories first hand... this is not second hand information, this is people I have met.
Neither Israel or Palestine are free... there is this border that restricts both that are supposed to share the land... and then there is the Gaza Strip... maybe the world's largest concentration camp...?

I don't intend to be political here... I only intend to appeal to a humane approach to treating people... and the way we treat our children (the children of the world) will impact our future... these children will become adults - we want a planet filled with peace, respect and equality... and yet there are far too many adults showing children the exact opposite of what this is.

This blog is filled with posts about equality, about democratic learning, about respect, listening, about meeting the needs of all children, the most vulnerable, about love.

And yet what is happening on the border of USA... a country that claims to be so amazing, to be a leader... is so clearly demonstrating the very worst of humanity.

The title of this post is Article 9 - which comes from the child convention - and can be read below...

Article 9
1. States Parties shall ensure that a child shall not be separated from his or her parents against their will, except when competent authorities subject to judicial review determine, in accordance with applicable law and procedures, that such separation is necessary for the best interests of the child. Such determination may be necessary in a particular case such as one involving abuse or neglect of the child by the parents, or one where the parents are living separately and a decision must be made as to the child's place of residence.
2. In any proceedings pursuant to paragraph 1 of the present article, all interested parties shall be given an opportunity to participate in the proceedings and make their views known.
3. States Parties shall respect the right of the child who is separated from one or both parents to maintain personal relations and direct contact with both parents on a regular basis, except if it is contrary to the child's best interests.
4. Where such separation results from any action initiated by a State Party, such as the detention, imprisonment, exile, deportation or death (including death arising from any cause while the person is in the custody of the State) of one or both parents or of the child, that State Party shall, upon request, provide the parents, the child or, if appropriate, another member of the family with the essential information concerning the whereabouts of the absent member(s) of the family unless the provision of the information would be detrimental to the well-being of the child. States Parties shall further ensure that the submission of such a request shall of itself entail no adverse consequences for the person(s) concerned.

It is clear that the separation of children from their parents in USA has nothing to do with the best interests of the children. But, of course, it is not so worth while to make quotes from the child convention, since USA was one of two countries that have not ratified these rights - Somalia being the other country. The reason? Well USA wanted to keep their right (??) to execute people under the age of 18. To be honest in this last year I am pretty sick of hearing about American rights - the right to bear arms and the right to execute children (under the age of 18 is classified a child in most countries) - its not about safety, it not about creating a better world it just seems to be a right for rights sake... not thought through about how can this be done in a way that protects the rights of all humans to live a life free from the threat of school shootings.

But as I listened to Trump talk about "Space Force" and the need for USA to dominate space it just made me feel that this is a HUGE part of the problem. There should be collaboration not domination. USA should not be dominating space - the planet needs to work together on this one.
And if collaboration was the driving force instead of domination - then maybe the way people are being treated at the borders would be more humane.

I don't think Trump is alone in his need to dominate... I think this need is found in many places in the world. It is not a political thing, it is a social thing... school bullies need to dominate.

My children made the decision some time ago not to travel to USA, because they did not want to financially support a country that disrespected its school children (and teachers) so much... and now more fuel has been added to why we would not want to financially support the country.
We make the choice about what products we buy too... although we as a family like to buy as local as possible anyway from an environmental impact point of view (not exclusively, just try to as much as finances allow us).
Is a non-USA citizen I have no congress man etc to call and inform of my concern... I cannot march and rise against the system that allows such inhumanity. But I can write this to share that I do not agree with it, that I have seen the pages, articles, books, researchers, doctors, experts that condemn these actions at the American borders.

ALL children deserve respect, deserve a life not filled with fear... and should be with their most trusted carers... most often their parents.
And I also think there are many places in the world, even this so-called "developed or first world" of ours that are leaning more and more to the dehumanisation of peoples and cultures - that then allow such atrocious behaviour and treatment to occur. We must always stand against injustice. We must always stand up for those who are given no voice (until the world learns to listen).


Child Convention... all the articles
Heartbreaking cries of children separated at border - Telegraph
who decided to take away children at the US border.... BBC
children in Palestine... Israel AND Palestine need to make some drastic changes to create a safer place for children
children in Syria
this site you can check on many places in the world, and the rights of children that are being infringed... and one could say the rights of many humans adult and child in these places


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