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Anti-Discrimination Guarantees Under The U.N. Convention On The Rights Of The Child-Issues And Impact For U.S. Ratification

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The United Nations (U.N.) did its work well in the long and difficult process of adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The instrument became a binding treaty on September 2, 1990, and today has collected ratifications from every member state of the U.N. except the United States (U.S.) and Somalia. However, the real value and contribution of this instrument to the well being of the world's children lies in its tangible impact within the states that have become parties. This chapter explores and speculates on areas where the Convention's anti-discrimination and child identity mandates can help bring a greater measure of realization to children in the "small places" of the U.S. The role is one typically to be played out through changes in legal formulations and their implementation, a task rendered especially difficult by the multiple lawmakers, law interpreters, and law implementers in our federal nation.

Keywords: anti-discrimination; child identity; Rights of the Child; Somalia; United Nation (U.N.) Convention; United States (U.S.) ratification



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