Congratulations Thailand and Gabon!

While I was attending the Regional Workshop on the UNCRC in Bangkok this past week, news abounded that a pivotal event had taken place on the other side of the world.

On September 25, 2012, Thailand and Gabon became the first states to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Optional Protocal 3 (UNCRC OP3)!  This is a monumental step in the push for greater children’s rights, and I hope it will influence other nations to follow suit.  Thailand, as a strong force in the ASEAN community, has grabbed the reigns in bringing much needed reform to child rights legislation (or lack thereof) and in building an accessible bridge for its children to access justice at the international level.

The CRC is the only human rights treaty without a standardized communications procedure for victims of crime. When domestic solutions are insufficient, who do child victims turn to? There is a present lack of an established system for claimants to appeal for international assistance, and often grave and systematic violations are allowed to continue. Let’s put an end to child trafficking, inequality, injustice, abuse and neglect and protect our future generations!

We need just 8 more states to ratify for the treaty to go into effect. Ale Ale Ale!

UN Annual Treaty Event in New York:

Regional Workshop on UNCRC: Children’s Presentation

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