The U.S. Should Not Ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the
Children’s rights activists should stop campaigning for the United States to ratify
the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Due to conservative opposition
and the United States’ international policy norm of not ratifying international human rights
treaties, the United States will likely never ratify the CRC. While some activists may
disagree, resources would likely be better spent lobbying the government to reform
domestic laws which are currently at conflict with provisions of the United Nations
Convention on the Rights of the Child. The advancement of children’s rights is an
admirable goal. Activists may find greater success in advancing the principles and spirit of
the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child by focusing on domestic reform
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