+AMERICANS MUST NOT BELIEVE THAT CHILDREN ARE HUMAN BEINGS — THUS, NO HUMAN RIGHTS
December 6, 2009 by alchemynow
++++++++++++++++++++++++++Any violation of an infant-child’s rights constitutes abuse in my book. Our nation can march itself, fly itself, bomb itself, invade itself all around this globe proclaiming to be the great protector of human rights, while within the boundaries of our own nation we refuse to even accept that children are human beings. If we DID accept this fact, that children are not possessions and are, indeed human, then we would have to recognize EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEIR UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS. SHAME ON US! SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!
++++++++++++++++++++++++++First, let me say this: It is an honor to have Pat reading and posting on my blog. I was concerned that her post today would be lost in the comment tailing pile from the mine of information accumulating on Stop the Storm. So I copied it over here!!
COMMENT MADE TO +ALIGNING OUR NATION WITH UNITED NATIONS CHILD RIGHTS IS AGAINST OUR OWN LAWS
BY: Pat Gordon-Smith
on December 6, 2009 at 6:11 AM
There’s an excellent accessible version of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/en/docs/Know_Your_Rights_poster.pdf
It’s a poster intended to inform children of their rights and, as such, is great for anyone. The language it uses is important, too. It shows the extent to which the world of children’s rights has moved on since the Universal Declaration on Children’s Rights. Then, the version written for children has them as passive dependants. In this version children are active agents, following the spirit of the CRC itself.
Here is the text from the poster. The numbered points correspond to the articles in the convention:
1) Everyone under the age of 18 has ALL of these rights. You have the right to…
2) Be treated fairly no matter who you are, where you are from, what language you speak, what you believe or where you live.
3) Have adults always do what is best for you.
4) Have all of these rights protected by your government.
5) Be given support and advice from your parents and family.
7) Have a name and a nationality.
8 ) An official identity.
9) Not be separated from your parent(s), unless it is for your own good.
10) Be reunited with your parent(s) if they have to move to another country.
11) Not be taken out of your country illegally.
12) Have your own opinion, which is listened to and taken seriously.
13) Find out information and express what you think through speaking, writing and art, unless this denies other people their rights.
14) Think and believe whatever you want to and practice any religion, with guidance from your parent(s).
15) Be with friends and join or set up clubs, unless this denies other people their rights.
16) Have your privacy and family respected.
17) Get reliable information from newspapers, books, radio, television and the Internet, as long as it is not harmful to you.
18) Be brought up by your parents, if possible.
19) Be protected from being hurt or badly treated in any way.
20) Special protection and help if you can’t live with your parents.
21) The best care possible if you are adopted or in foster care.
22) Special protection and help if you are a refugee.
23) Access to education and any support you may need if you have a disability.
24) The best health and medical care possible, and information to help you stay healthy.
25) Have your living situation checked regularly if you are looked after away from your family.
26) Help from the government if you are poor or in need.
27) A basic standard of living: food, clothing and a safe place to live.
28) An education.
29) An education that develops your personality and abilities, and encourages you to respect other people, cultures and the environment.
30) Enjoy your own culture, religion and language, even if these are not the same as most people in your country.
31) Rest, play and relax.
32) Be protected from work that harms your health or education.
33) Be protected from dangerous drugs and their trade.
34) Be protected from sexual abuse.
35) Not be kidnapped or sold.
36) Be protected from being taken advantage of or exploited in any way.
37) Not to be punished in a cruel or hurtful way.
38) Protection and care in times of war. If you are under 15 you should never be forced to join an army.
39) Special help if you have been hurt, neglected or badly treated.
40) Be helped and treated fairly if you are accused of breaking the law.
41) Be protected by national or international laws which provide better rights than the ones in this list.
42) ALL children and adults should know and learn about these rights.
I’ve just written a blog entry about this on my blog, ‘Children’s rights and other things’ (http://patsky.blogspot.com) that includes some further explanation of certain articles.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Please refer to the December 12, 1989 United Nations General Assembly document from the Convention on the Rights of the Child from which this above 42-Article List of the Rights of the Child have been condensed for ease of understanding and clarity for our globe’s children and youth.
++++I remember years ago when I saw a plaque hanging on the wall of someone’s home I was visiting that simply read, “Clarity Begins At Home.” Today I found this same phrase incorporated into the thinking represented on the website for ERIC – Education Resources Information Center: ED201555 – Clarity Begins at Home: An Analysis of Key Ideas of Invitational Education.
ERIC is America’s Education Resources Information Center – an online digital library of education research and information. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC provides ready access to education literature to support the use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision-making, and research.
++++My search today for ‘United Nations Child Rights’ yielded 257 documents in the ERIC database that represent global action and thought on the topic.
When I added United States of America into the search, 3 documents appeared. Only one 1991 document “is a curriculum that serves as an introduction to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Designed for the upper elementary and middle grades 5-10.”
I took out ‘America’ and received information on 32 documents, all of which are not specifically about our nation.
Our nation will never begin to bring a discussion of child rights into mainstream educational classrooms as long as we continue to allow corporeal punishment to exist within our schools. Physical assault, violence and ‘hitting’ by public school staff is still legal in 22 of our 50 states:
Where the states stand on corporal punishment:
District of Columbia–Illegal
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++The focus of my blog is on the intergenerational transmission of unresolved trauma that happens because the Rights of Children are not protected. Our problem is much larger than corporeal punishment in our schools. I understand that the sinking Titanic of Dark Age thinking within the current medical model field of mental health services and research remains connected to our public consideration of Child Rights on all levels within our nation, including in our laws, in our homes, and in our public educational system.
The following is included in the Preamble to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child:
“Recalling that, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations has proclaimed that childhood is entitled to special care and assistance,
Convinced that the family, as the fundamental group of society and the natural environment for the growth and well-being of all its members and particularly children, should be afforded the necessary protection and assistance so that it can fully assume its responsibilities within the community,
Recognizing that the child, for the full and harmonious development of his or her personality, should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding,
Considering that the child should be fully prepared to live an individual life in society, and brought up in the spirit of the ideals proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations, and in particular in the spirit of peace, dignity, tolerance, freedom, equality and solidarity…”
In the spirit of the aims of this blog, I am particularly concerned that children within our nation experience every possible assistance toward “the full and harmonious development of his or her personality” which can only happen through safe and secure attachment experiences that an infant-child has provided for it “in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding” that happens ONLY when Child Rights are recognized, allowed and protected.
We are not clear as a nation or as individuals about what Child Rights are. CRIN’s Factsheet on Children’s Rights clearly describes the ONLY way to look at the Universal Rights of Children. The USA is a nation of materialists. We must still believe that children are possessions, and therefore believe that children are not HUMAN, they are OBJECTS to be arbitrarily treated in any way we want to – within the boundaries of our laws, which are obviously themselves seriously lacking in regard to the Universal HUMAN Rights of Children.
Is our nation acceptably divided about whether or not children are human beings or not? I think that is the issue here. If we believe in the Dark Age thinking that children are possessions and are therefore objects rather than human beings, anything we might assign to them in terms of a ‘right’ or not can remain arbitrary. I have no illusions about this point, personally.
When my mother and my grandmother engaged in a rage-filled argument over little not quite two-year-old me, it was because they believed I was an object possession, not that I was a human child.
When my mother violently shoved my three-year-old head repeatedly into the toilet bowl and beat me mercilessly, I was not being treated as a human being with rights. I was being treated more aggressively than if I was a baby’s dirty diaper.
When I was battered and terrorized and forced to spend the night sitting perched on a stool alone in the dark because I got the white cuffs of my parka dirty, I was treated as having LESS VALUE and less rights than the coat did!
When I was made to ride long hours in the car curled in a fetal position on the floor of the back seat ‘like a dog’ when I was seven, I was treated as having less value and rights than a badly abused dog!
When I was 13 and knocked down by my mother over and over again into a giant mud puddle until I crawled around and said over and over again, “I am a pig, I am a pig,” which I refused to do, I was being treated with less value and as having no more rights than would a badly abused livestock animal.
++++I realize that I am taking a controversial stand, but believe me, the suffering of the 18 years of my infant-childhood — and the resulting suffering during my entire adult life as a consequence of the violation of my Rights as a Child – backs me up when I say to everyone in our nation: You either stand on the side of knowing absolutely that children are human beings with Universal Human Rights that must be guaranteed and protected, or you do not and believe instead that children are not human and are objects that are possessions with no HUMAN rights at all.
It is this latter position held by the majority of our citizens that prevents every one of our 50 states, and therefore prevents our entire nation, the United States of America, from ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and from guaranteeing these rights be protected for every American child.
I am sorry, but I cannot find any ‘gray area of the Law’ here. “Clarity Begins At Home.” Our ignorance belongs to us. As long as we deny our beliefs that children are objects, possessions and livestock, we will remain a nation of child abusers on our most fundamental level, because we do not REALLY believe that children are human beings at all, and therefore have no Universal Human Rights to be either guaranteed or protected.
How else can I understand how I could go to public 8th grade PE class wearing one of those little blue gym suits with the entire back of my body covered solid with bruises of every imaginable color and shape all the way down to my heels — black, blue, green, purple, yellow, brown — from the base of my neck, across both of my shoulders and arms, down my back, over my buttocks, down my thighs, my calves — all perfectly visible to those around me on the gymnasium floor and/or in the community girls’ showers? Nobody blinked an eye or EVER said a WORD!
That was in 1964. How much progress have we REALLY made since then in recognizing and protecting the Universal Human Rights of our nation’s children? Where are our laws that tell our children and the world we mean exactly what we say?
Please feel free to comment directly at the end of this post or on
Posted in Trauma and Its Consequences | Tagged abuse, anxiety disorders, attachment disorder, borderline mother, borderline personality disorder, brain development, child abuse, child abuse prevention, depression, disorganized disoriented insecure attachment, dissociation, dissociative identity disorder, empathy disorder, infant abuse, mental illness, posttraumatic stress disorder, PTSD, trauma, trauma memory, triggers | No Comments Yet
Leave a Reply
Pat Gordon-Smith on *SYMTPOMS: 120909 Scan of Teic… alchemynow on CONTACT INFO Jill on CONTACT INFO alchemynow on *SYMTPOMS: 120909 Scan of Teic… Pat Gordon-Smith on *SYMTPOMS: 120909 Scan of Teic…
- +GENDER AND THE BRAIN -- DIFFERENCES AND EARLY TRAUMA
- *SYMTPOMS: 120909 Scan of Teicher's Research - Trauma Altered Development Paper
- MY BORDERLINE MOM
- +PTSD AND SEVERE ABUSE SURVIVORSHIP – CONCLUSION
- +DECEMBER 21, 1925 MY SEVERELY ABUSIVE MOTHER WAS BORN
- +CONSUMERS BEWARE OF TRAUMA TRIGGERS LURKING IN 'HOLIDAY SEASON MAGIC'
- +WHAT WE DID NOT LEARN ABOUT TRUST WILL HURT US
- +BEING MY MOTHER'S IMAGINARY SWORN ENEMY
- OUR ABUSIVE CHILDHOODS and TRAUMA
- +SUNFLOWER, SELF, DISSOCIATON AND THE SEEDS OF LOST MEMORIES
- 16,318 hits