On November 20, 2014, the global community will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most comprehensive international legal instrument on children’s rights. The Convention is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history, ratified by 194 countries. Only the United States, Somalia, and South Sudan have not ratified it. The United States signed the Convention in 1995 but, almost 20 years later, the United States has taken no further action (a treaty becomes legally binding only following ratification). Yet, numerous US children continue to experience various harms. Because physicians witness many children’s rights issues, pediatricians are well-positioned to inform policymakers on challenges children confront and the value of ensuring the rights of all children.
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