Somalia Lurches Ahead of the United States in Formal Recognition of Children’s Rights

Historic news in the Twitter feed today, folks. Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud announced on Wednesday that Somalia will ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child:

During a visit to Hamar Jajab School in Mogadishu on International Children’s Day, Mohamud said it was time to “reflect that we must ensure our children receive all their basic rights, above all free quality education”.

“Today’s visit shows our commitment to this landmark and also to our determination to implement our Go to School policy, our aim to provide free quality education to at least one million children within the next three years. It is a real challenge but we must make it,” he said in a statement from his office.

On the very same day, the parliament of South Sudan passed a bill to ratify the same. This development comes a mere two years after South Sudan’s creation.

When these states have completed the ratification process, the United States of America will the one and only non-state party in the world.

Peter Spiro on the quixotic nature of this American exceptionalism:

Holding out in complete isolation will increasingly be of symbolic value only, catering to a shrinking minority of Boltonite international law nay-sayers, as universal treaty norms move into the realm of customary law and creep in through other channels.

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