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Violations of the children’s rights in the rich countries

Michael Holmboe


Street Children & Child Labor & Child Soldiers


Dear members of Peace from harmony:

Street Children & Child Labor



Child Soldiers

Youngest soldier is seven years old





UNICEF’s mission is to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. UNICEF is guided in doing this by the provisions and principles of the Convention o­n the Rights of the Child.

Built o­n varied legal systems and cultural traditions, the Convention is a universally agreed set of non-negotiable standards and obligations. These basic standards—also called human rights—set minimum entitlements and freedoms that should be respected by governments. They are founded o­n respect for the dignity and worth of each individual, regardless of race, colour, gender, language, religion, opinions, origins, wealth, birth status or ability and therefore apply to every human being everywhere. With these rights comes the obligation o­n both governments and individuals not to infringe o­n the parallel rights of others. These standards are both interdependent and indivisible; we cannot ensure some rights without—or at the expense of—other rights.

A legally binding instrument


The Convention o­n the Rights of the Child is the first legally binding international instrument to incorporate the full range of human rights—civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. In 1989, world leaders decided that children needed a special convention just for them because people under 18 years old often need special care and protection that adults do not. The leaders also wanted to make sure that the world recognized that children have human rights too.

The Convention sets out these rights in 54 articles and two Optional Protocols. It spells out the basic human rights that children everywhere have: the right to survival; to develop to the fullest; to protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation; and to participate fully in family, cultural and social life. The four core principles of the Convention are non-discrimination; devotion to the best interests of the child; the right to life, survival and development; and respect for the views of the child. Every right spelled out in the Convention is inherent to the human dignity and harmonious development of every child. The Convention protects children's rights by setting standards in health care; education; and legal, civil and social services.

By agreeing to undertake the obligations of the Convention (by ratifying or acceding to it), national governments have committed themselves to protecting and ensuring children's rights and they have agreed to hold themselves accountable for this commitment before the international community. States parties to the Convention are obliged to develop and undertake all actions and policies in the light of the best interests of the child.

Harmonious wishes –

Michael Holmboe




Michael Holmboe


Child labour


According to UNICEF an estimated 218 million children aged 5-17 are engaged in child labour, excluding child domestic labour. Some 126 million of these children are believed to be engaged in hazardous situations or conditions, such as working in mines, working with chemicals and pesticides in agriculture or working with dangerous machinery. They are everywhere but invisible, toiling as domestic servants in homes, labouring behind the walls of workshops, hidden from view in plantations.

Child work: Children’s participation in economic activity - that does not negatively affect their health and development or interfere with education, can be positive.Work that does not interfere with education (light work)is permitted from the age of 12 years under the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 138.


Child labour: This is more narrowly defined and refers to children working in contravention of the above standards.This means all children below 12 years of age working in any economic activities, those aged 12 to 14 years engaged inharmful work, and all children engaged in the worst forms of child labour.


Worst forms of child labour:These involve children being enslaved, forcibly recruited, prostituted, trafficked, forced into illegal activities and exposed to hazardous work.

A number of European cities have used the City of Culture year to transform their cultural base and, in doing so, the way in which they are viewed internationally.

The back of the medal is that journalist and filmmaker Erling Borgen claim that The European Capital of Culture 2008 have been using child labour for the Millennium Place:

Using child labour and underpaid handcraft is completely unacceptable, and has nothing to do with culture.


As I can no longer be quiet regarding the documentary of journalist Erling Borgen, I invite those who is interest to watch the film clip (in Norwegian and English language)




The municipally of Stavanger claims that they were absolutely aware that children labour have been involved in the Millennium place, which will be a highlight for the European City of Culture 2008.

Hopefully in Peace from Harmony,

Michael Holmboe




Hilarie Roseman


The scientists about poverty of children in Australia



"Poverty and Disadvantage among Austrlaian children: a spatial perspective" by Professor Harding, Justine McNamara, Robert Tanton, Anne Daly and Mandy Yap from the Univeristy of Canberra's economic think tank NATSEM ...found that almost half the Australian children most excluded from the mainstream by their parents' poverty are in Queensland, and more than half live in country towns......In areas of greatest social exclusion - the bottom 10 per cent of census areas - 39 per cent of children live in families in which no o­ne has completed year 12 at school.The full report can be found at www.natsem.canberra.edu.au or www.iariw.org/papers/2006/harding_paper.pdf

This paper is to be presented at the 29th General Conference of the Internatinal Associatin for Research in Income and Wealth, Joensuu Finlandon 20-26th August, 2006

Paul Craig Roberts


The Evil Is In Our Government


Is the Bush Regime a state sponsor of terrorism?


A powerful case can be made that it is. In the past three years the Bush Regime has murdered tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians and an unknown number of Afghan o­nes. US Marines, our finest and proudest military force, are under criminal investigation for breaking into Iraqi homes and murdering entire families. In an unprecedented event, General Michael Hagee, the Marine Corps commandant, has found it necessary to fly to Iraq to tell our best-trained troops to stop murdering civilians.


US Military Murderers Warned


General Hagee found it necessary to tell the U.S. Marines: "We do not employ force just for the sake of employing force. We use lethal force o­nly when justified, proportional, and most importantly, lawful." The war criminals in the Bush Regime have dismissed the murders as "collateral damage," but they are, in fact murders. Otherwise, there would be no criminal investigations, and the Marine commandant would not be burdened with the embarrassment of

having to fly to Iraq to lecture U.S. Marines o­n the lawful use of force.


The criminal Bush Regime has now murdered more Iraqis than Saddam Hussein. The Bush Regime is also responsible for 20,000 US casualties (dead, maimed for life, and wounded).Bush damns the "axis of evil." But who has the "axis of evil" attacked? Iran has attacked no o­ne. North Korea has attacked no country for more than a half-century. Iraq attacked Kuwait a decade and a half ago, apparently after securing permission from the US ambassador.


Isn't the real axis of evil Bush-Blair-Olmert? Bush and Blair have attacked two countries, slaughtering their citizens. Olmert is urging them o­n to attack a third country - Iran.Where does the danger to the world reside? In Iran, a small religious country where the family is intact and the government is constrained by religious authority and ancient traditions, or in the US where

propaganda rules and the powerful executive branch has removed itself from accountability by breaking the constitutional restraints o­n its power?


Why is the US superpower orchestrating fear of puny Iran? The US government has spent the past half century interfering in the internal affairs of other countries, overthrowing or assassinating their chosen leaders and imposing its puppets o­n foreign peoples. To what country has Iran done this, or Iraq, or North Korea? Americans think that they are the salt of the earth. The hubris that comes from this self-righteous belief makes Americans blind to the evil of their leaders. How can American leaders be evil when Americans are so good and so wonderful?


American Slaughter of Civilians


How many Serbs were slaughtered by American bombs released from high above the clouds, and fro what reason? Who even remembers the propagandistic lies that the Clinton administration told us about why we absolutely had to drop bombs o­n the Serbs? Wasn't it evil for the US to bomb Iraq for a decade and to embargo medicines for children? When US Secretary of State M. Albright was asked if she thought an embargo that resulted in the Deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children was justified, she replied, "yes."


The former terrible tyrant ruler of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, is o­n trial for killing 150 people. The US government murdered 500,000 Iraqi children prior to Bush's invasion. When the US government murders people, whether Serbs, Branch Davidians at Waco, or Iraqi women and children, it is "collateral damage." But we put Saddam, Hussein o­n trial for putting down rebellions.


Gentle reader, do you believe that the Bush Regime will not shoot you down in the streets if you have a rebellion?


May 29, 2006


Dr. Roberts [send him mail] is Chairman of the Institute for Political Economy and Research Fellow at the Independent Institute. He is a former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal, former contributing editor for National Review, and was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He is the co-author of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.



Dear Dr. Semashko:


Congratulations o­n the excellent work you are doing in relation to children's needs. Their greatest enemy is not disease or epidemics. Their enemy number o­ne is the government that uses its resources for negative and destructive purposes, for the manufacture of more and more weapons and the waging of more and more wars. Each time government officials vote to put more money into weapons and wars, each time such government officials are putting numerous nails in the coffin of our children across every continent.


Over the past 35 years, my job was to bring into the open this reality through numerous articles I wrote almost all of which were published (the part from them is published o­n our site o­n the Contents page 1-6-1: editor note). The US government does not care about children even though by word of mouth a lot of good things are being said. Thousands of children in the USA get sick and die simply because their parents are poor and have no money, no insurance. Now the big corporation bought all the large news media, newspapers and TV stations as to control them with iron fist and as not to let the American people know about the tyranny of the US government that is being exerted toward children. All this applies to every country in the world where the government puts priority o­n weapons and wars.

Keep up the good work.


Charles Mercieca, PhD, USA

January 16, 2006

Lana Yang


New Figure of the Cost of the Iraqi War



Last night CNN interviewed Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel Laureate Economist at Columbia University.


According to his estimate, the cost of the Iraqi war, direct and indirect, now amounts to 2.2 Trillion USD, four times the cost of sustaining the national social security program for the next 75 years.


Lana Yang


January 17, 2006



Comment: It is the fact that a priority for USA is not children and not the UN Convention o­n the Rights of Child, Article 4, requiring maximal financing of childhood but weapon and war. These facts are similar and for all other countries can be with rare exception, for example, Scandinavian or neutral, like Switzerland, countries.

Leo Semashko


TO: President George W. Bush




June 21, 2005


Dear Mr. President,


Have you seen the attached article written by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. that thoroughly chronicles the shocking cover-up of the relationship between childhood vaccinations and the present epidemic of autism?  The article “Deadly Immunity” opens with these words,


When a study revealed that mercury in childhood vaccines may have caused autism in thousands of kids, the government rushed to conceal the data - and to prevent parents from suing drug companies for their role in the epidemic.



This is an abominable crime against humanity.  And it goes o­n with the shipping of mercury-laced vaccines to the developing countries of the world.  Something must be done about this, and so many other, instances of neglect and abuse towards the children of this country and the world. 


Please read the attached appeal to make Children the Priority, written by Dr. Leo Semashko of Russia and supported by many concerned citizens and organizations of the world.

(http://www.peacefromharmony.org )


Please understand that as the most powerful leader in the world, you are in the unique position to put a stop to this particular crime against children and to start a worldwide trend to make children the priority.



Rose Lord

The mother of two children, writer, nurse, Mother-to-Mother for Peace and Nonviolence Program Chief, Co-Founder of Global Coalition for Peace, 4217 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA.rose@globalcoalitionforpeace.net, www.globalcoalitionforpeace.net

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