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Analyzing The Opposition To U.S. Ratification Of The U.N. Convention On The Rights Of The Child

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The United States is one of only two countries in the world that have not ratified the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The reasons behind the United States' opposition to ratification of the CRC fall primarily into two categories: (1) fears that the CRC will undermine the family unit and the role of parents in raising their children; and (2) concerns that ratification of the CRC, or any other international human rights treaty for that matter, will weaken U.S. sovereignty. Opponents of the CRC have voiced concern that the CRC is "anti-parent" and will undermine the role of parents in raising their children. A thorough examination of the language of the CRC and its legislative history reveals that the CRC places considerable emphasis on the importance of the family and the role of parents in the development of the child.

Keywords: international human rights treaty; rights of the child; U.N. Convention; U.S. ratification



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