Target: Joseph Biden, Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate
Goal: Call on the United States to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has been ratified by nearly every nation on earth. The administrations of former Presidents Ronald Regan and George H.W. Bush helped draft the landmark treaty, and years later President Barack Obama promised to see it formerly recognized by the United States. Sadly, this has still not come to pass.
What could be less controversial than the basic human rights of children? According to Meg Gardinier, chair of the Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the CRC, America has failed to bring the treaty before the Senate over concerns it could weaken the nation’s sovereignty and interfere with parents’ ability to raise their children. These objections are no excuse for rejecting a treaty written with significant input from the United States, and which has near-unanimous support from the international community.
With the Senate under conservative control it could be difficult to ratify the CRC, but at its heart the issue should not be seen as a political one. Protecting the world’s children is a cause endorsed by all people of conscience.
Call on Vice President Biden to build support for the CRC among his colleagues in the Senate, and to make its ratification a top priority.
Dear Vice President Biden,
That countries viewed as “lawless” would ratify a treaty on children’s rights before the United States is simply shameful. According to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, the CRC is “the most rapidly and widely ratified international human rights treaty in history.” Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, the CRC has contributed to improvements in the well-being of children around the world. What could possibly prevent the U.S. from supporting such important work?
Despite some conservatives’ insistence to the contrary, the CRC recognizes the importance of parents in raising healthy and well-adjusted children. It seeks to guarantee all young people the right to an education, to adequate health care, and to freedom from torture. Far from being controversial, these are values upheld in America’s founding documents.
I urge you to work with your colleagues in the Senate to increase support for the CRC’s ratification. This effort can inspire confidence in the country’s elected leaders, and most importantly can help protect the basic human rights of children all over the world.
[Your Name Here]
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