The Rights And Protection Of Our Future Generations

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It is difficult to imagine a world where children have no voice in society and a government

that lacks laws endorsing the rights and protection of our future generations. And yet, there are

still millions of children around the world who suffer from human rights abuses and other forms

of protection. For example, “Children in Nepal, Uganda, and the Congo are used as soldiers on

the front lines of armed conflicts. Police in Bulgaria and Guatemala beat and torture homeless

street children; disabled children in Romanian orphanages are confined to cribs for life, eating

and defecating in their crib. Millions of children around the world, including in developed

countries such as England and the United States, are subject to poverty,
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and Europe. Children and women served as cheap labor in factories,

sweat shops, cotton fields, and could fulfill jobs that required small hands and bodies to

squeeze into small spaces. Although it was common for entire families to be employed, they

worked in harsh conditions and were deprived of education. Many people pushed for

mandated education and laws against children in the workforce, but to no avail due to the

economic dependency. Following WWI however, many people’s eyes were opened by the

amount of dead, displaced, and orphaned children. As a result, the United Nations introduced

the first set of laws mandating basic care for children, in order to establish elementary

guidelines for their protection. The 1924 Geneva Declaration on Rights of the child stated that is

was society’s responsibility to care for homeless and orphaned kids, supply an adequate diet,

provide access to education, and protect them from exploitation. Although this proved itself

difficult, especially in the mists of another world war, it laid the foundation for human rights

treaties to come. In an additional effort to protect a child’s wellbeing, The United Nations

children’s fund (UNICEF), as it is known today, was created in 1948 “to advocate for the

protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs, and to expand their

opportunities to
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