C-Fam reports the goings-on in some of the United Nations’ committees.

They’re covering issues that deserve more widespread attention. Like what proponents of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) are up to.

According to UNICEF, the CRC has resulted “in the
increased usage of ‘child rights’ language in the vernacular of
national and international legal documents, policies, programs and
advocacy.”

However…

Critics point out that while the UNICEF report contains
a lot of anecdotal evidence regarding the positive effects of the
treaty, it is nearly silent on the work of the CRC committee, the body
charged with monitoring state compliance with the treaty and consisting
of 18 “experts” in child rights. 

The report claims that the Convention “sets out common standards”
yet leaves room for State parties of finding their “own way of
implementing the treaty.” Over the years, the CRC committee has
chastised countries for allowing corporal punishment, mandated
governments to increase state-sponsored day care, pushed recognition of
a child’s right to privacy “especially in the family,” and pushed for
adolescent family planning and reproductive health and sex education
programs, despite possible parental objections.

Good time to remember the campaign to gather signatures on the UN Petition for the Unborn Child.

And then, there’s the coverage C-Fam has out right now on what’s legitimately not getting attention on the Women’s Rights Committee, and as they say….shouldn’t.

The committee responsible for monitoring state
compliance with the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Elimination
of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) says it increased
its activism in the last two years by working more closely with
non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to develop its agenda, and with
select parliamentarians and jurists to enforce it across the globe.

On the other hand, according to the report, many nations are simply
ignoring the committee and refusing to send in their reports.

And why are they doing that?

Pro-life and pro-family groups have long criticized the
fact that the CEDAW committee has read a right to abortion into the
treaty via its “General Recommendation 24” even though abortion is
never mentioned in the document. Since adopting the “general
recommendation” in 1999, the committee has pressured more than 90
countries to liberalize their abortion laws.

They’re trying, these abortion activists.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....