UN: US Is The Only Country Not To Have Signed The Convention On Rights Of The Child

During the first year of Donald Trump’s administration, the United States has moved backward on human rights at home and overseas.

The Human Rights Watch annual world report noted that millions of Americans are subjected to human-rights abuses every day.

According to rights activists, the victims of abuse in the US are typically the weakest and most vulnerable in US society, including racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, children, the elderly, the poor, and prisoners.

These group of people are often least able to defend their rights in the US and are most likely to suffer abuse in the country.

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For years, the US Customs and Border Protection has been accused of violating the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which restricts the rejection or removal of asylum seekers whose lives are endangered.

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In recent months, the Trump administration has targeted hundreds of refugees and immigrants, calling them criminals and rapist. The president enacted the unjust and cruel new “zero tolerance” policy for unauthorized border crossings in January, calling for undocumented families to be separated.

The United Nation’s human rights office denounced the US practice of separating children from their parents and called on the US to end this approach, arguing that it represents an ongoing human rights violation.

“The US should immediately halt this practice,” Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the UN human rights agency, OHCHR, said, “The practice of separating families amounts to arbitrary and unlawful interference in family life, and is a serious violation of the rights of the child.”

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“The child’s best interest should always come first, including over migration management objectives and other administrative concerns,” the spokesperson added, “the US is the only country in the world not to have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.”

However, the Trump administration angrily rejected what it called an ignorant attack by the UN and accused the global organization of hypocrisy.

The human rights activists asked for the commission’s intervention to “immediately stop a human rights and humanitarian crisis perpetrated by the U.S. government in the Texas-Mexico border.”

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“In one particularly chilling example, immigration agents told two immigrant mothers that they were taking their daughters away to the bath — but they never returned, and the mothers have not seen them since,” the attorneys and activists said.

Previously in December, Human Rights Watch reported on the impact of the Trump administration on immigration policies, profiling dozens of long-term residents with strong family and other ties within the US who were summarily deported.

The systematic violation of refuge seekers’ rights has raised since the election of the Trump in 2016 and the policy changes after that.

According to a study released in May by Doctors Without Borders, MSF, 92% of the refugees have witnessed or experienced traumatic and violent events such as kidnapping, sexual violence and racist attack, and the murder of their relatives at the US.

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