Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Somalia to Ratify CRC, US to Stand Alone

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Somalia to Ratify CRC, US to Stand Alone

UNICEF announced on the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child November 20 that Somalia's transitional federal government (tfg) plans to ratify the Convention, leaving the United States as the lone hold-out among the UN's member states.  According to BBC reports, the tfg only governs a portion of Mogadishu (the capital of Somalia) while pirates and Muslim militias rule the rest of the nation, but the tfg "is backed by the UN and African Union."  So why would an impotent, geographically-challenged, UN-backed transitional government suddenly announce that it plans to ratify a treaty it is powerless to implement? The UN's announcement is set to increase pressure on the United States to ratify this dangerous convention.

Somalia as a nation is known for its pirates and its child soldiers. Sometimes, we even hear about its child pirates.  The idea that the nation is suddenly joining "the good guys" as a signatory to the CRC is preposterous, but it is being set forth by proponents of the treaty. The BBC writes, "The decision to ratify the agreement will be seen as an important symbolic step." Read the full story here.

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