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Beyond Other Treaties: The U.N. Convention On The Rights of The Child And The Value Of "A Dedicated Line"

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Since World War II, there has been a proliferation of human rights instruments promulgated through the United Nations and through regional organizations such as the Organization of American States and the Council of Europe. These treaties and declarations, including the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), were inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was unanimously adopted by the U.N. General Assembly. Yet regardless of whether U.S. ratification of the CRC would impose new legal obligations on the United States, and regardless of whether the provisions of the CRC would be enforceable in U.S. courts, ratification would benefit children in the United States in a way that the other treaties do not. The CRC gives children a "dedicated line", and potentially more than one. The "dedicated line" that the CRC creates is enforced through its monitoring body: the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

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



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