Please join me in condemning these reprehensible, unspeakable crimes against children and humanity. The Taliban took the lives of 145 people in a crowded school in Peshawar, Pakistan. 132 of them were children. According to the NYTimes, this is the "deadliest single attack in the group’s history."
Read and listen to Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai's condemnation of this atrocious attack. http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Latest-News-Wires/2014/1216/Malala-Yousafzai-I-condemn-these-atrocious-and-cowardly-acts-video She calls upon the international community to stand up to these acts of violence.
I just signed a petition against this brutal and horrific act against children in Pakistan. https://www.causes.com/actions/1775528-sign-the-petition-to-government-of-pakistan. Consider signing it and posting it on your respective blogs, Twitter, and Facebook accounts.
It is time for all of us to revisit the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, now in its 25th year yea since its ratification worldwide. All teachers, caregivers of children and youth, all parents and children also need to read this document so that children can know their rights.
Here is a Child-friendly version of the Convention
Shamefully, the U.S. has signed, but not ratified the Convention and is but one of three UN members—including Somalia and South Sudan—not to have ratified it. The U.S. has its own internal process for getting this done and requires two-thirds of the senate to vote on it, but president after president has passed the buck on this one. We should therefore also step up efforts with the Obama administration to get this done before he leaves the White House.
UNICEF and other organizations decry and condemn incredible violence against children and youth as being particularly brutal toward children worldwide. Check out their website for information on this. http://www.unicef.org/crc/index_75896.html