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posted April 24, 2001 22:27
Islam, Ashura celebrations and Child Abuse
The Convention on the Rights of the Child says:
· States parties shall take all appropriate legislative, administrative,
Shi'a Muslims have been taking part in the religious ceremony of Ashura which commemorates the death of the Imam Hussein at the battle of Kerbala in 680 AD.
Ashura is the peak of ten days of mourning during the Islamic month of Moharram.
In some Shi'a strongholds, men flagellate themselves in rituals in which they share the suffering of the Imam.
This Lebanese boy's head is about to be cut to allow blood to flow.
Barbers sometimes make the cut in children. The knife this mother is holding was not used, but is symbolic.
Supporters of the Shi'a militant group Hezbollah gather in Beirut.
The leaders of Hezbollah display their emotions during recitations about the Martyrdom of Hussein
Young Lebanese from the pro-Syrian Amal movement beat their heads.
In Kabul, Afghanistan, blue-clad women watch the flagellation from a gallery of the minority community's main mosque
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posted March 16, 2002 11:15
The Convention on the Rights of the Child
January 22, 2000
Last November was the tenth anniversary of adoption of the Convention of the Rights of the Child by the United Nations General Assembly. The convention was first drafted in 1979, and was adopted by UN on November 20, 1989. On this occasion, a variety of meetings and conferences were held to evaluate the effect of the convention on the lives of children. The outcome of these evaluations indicates that after a decade, despite meagre improvements here and there, there has been a general deterioration in the situation of children around the world.
The Convention is claimed to be the most advanced and the humane international treaty to date – a proportionate claim in so far as the international resolutions and treaties of the ruling governments and United Nations are concerned. All the member states except Somalia have signed the Convention, while the United States of America is yet to ratify it.
Though undoubtedly a progressive international treaty, the convention is replete with limitations and restrictions. It does not, for instance, mention free care or services for children. Moreover, the achievement of most of the provisions is dependent, for all intents and purposes, upon the state of laws and legislation, the ruling government, religion, nationality, and governing culture within a given society and/or family, and accordingly it suffers from discriminatory and double standards in different societies.
In addition, despite holding national governments accountable for ensuring that the rights of children are protected, the Conventions does not have any power of enforcement, but merely makes recommendations and puts pressure on the governments.
Most importantly, however, the United Nations headed by the United States and other economically powerful countries are themselves at the root of inhumane policies and violations of the rights of children by imposing such policies as embargo and military invasions. A recent example is the situation of millions of children in Iraq and Cuba whom are the victims of war and economic sanctions. These children have been facing horrendous suffering and death because of the embargo on food, medicine, and medical equipment imposed by the United States and its Western allies. In fact, the Convention has, in several cases, been used as a means of political and economic propaganda among conflicting governments rather than the well-being of children.
It must be said that the Convention of the Rights of the Child, regardless of all its restrictions, is an achievement for all those movements seeking freedom and equality; and as such, it must be employed as a watchdog, compelling the governments to respect the rights of children. This Convention has, during the last decade and in the absence of a progressive and advanced international children’s rights alternative, been used and referred to by non-governmental organisations and equal rights movements as a means of putting pressure on governments.
Furthermore, forcing the governments to pledge, legislate and implement the Convention is part of the struggle for improved living conditions. This is part of the struggle of empowering the real alternative, vis-ŕ-vis the struggle for an equal and humane system: a struggle for the only system that by abolishing capitalism, establishes and guarantees the rights of children.
The function of the Convention on the Rights of the child is not to make fundamental and serious changes in the lives of children, but to prevent governments from violating the rights of children and it should be used and referred to in this capacity. While maintaining a critical stance regarding the Convention, it must be used in the struggles for the rights of children. Its main shortcomings include its double standard approach towards the rights of children, namely with regards to the ideology, nationality, religion and wealth of the society, and the status of the family, while allowing the ruling governments a free hand to impose poverty and inhumane conditions on children. None-the-less, given this level of expectations, the Convention provides a stepping stone to achieve further demands, and gaining support for recognition and empowerment of alternative demands.
The followings are some of the important articles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. For the complete text of the Convention visit the Web Site of the Children First.
States Parties recognize that every child has the inherent right to life.
States Parties agree that the education of the child shall be directed to:
Nothing in the present Convention shall affect any provisions which are more conducive to the realization of the rights of the child and which may be contained in:
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