AWESOME: New Zealand 158th out of 165 countries on children’s rights

A European advocacy group has ranked New Zealand 158th out of 165 countries on children’s rights.

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft said the ranking was “a wake-up call” for New Zealand to protect children better from abuse and neglect and to give children a say on new laws and policies.

“There is a startlingly weak commitment in New Zealand to factoring in children’s voices into our policy making,” he said.

There is no doubt in my mind that Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft’s heart is in the right place, but he’s got little credibility as a children’s advocate.   

Canterbury University political scientist Professor Bronwyn Hayward, who specialises in child and youth politics, said the new index was “the most bonkers ranking I’ve ever seen”.

“There is no way we could compare the situation facing children in Ethiopia, where I have just been, it’s a completely different context from the situation facing children in South Auckland, for example,” she said.

Ethiopia is ranked 137th on child rights, ahead of New Zealand. The rankings are topped by Portugal, Norway and Switzerland.

The list, published yesterday by the Amsterdam-based Kids Rights Foundation, measures 23 indicators in five fields.

New Zealand ranks 17th for life expectancy and child mortality, 26th in educational participation, 36th on health measures such as immunisation and sanitation, and 37th on protecting children from child labour and teen pregnancy.

Children have no rights beyond human rights.  They are the responsibility of their parents until such a day they assume that responsibility for themselves.

The state has been eroding this.  This is how your 12 year old daughter can be pregnant, taken to the hospital by a counsellor, and you as a parent aren’t allowed to know any of the detail because of the “child’s rights”.

Bollocks to all of it.

On that list, the lower we are, the better.

Minister for Children Anne Tolley said the Government was committed to ensuring children’s rights, which is why it was “completely overhauling our care and protection system”.

“Legislation passed in December 2016 now ensures children and young people’s views are taken into account as part of decision-making at an individual level and in the development of services and policy [in the child protection system],” she said.

Great.  Ask the 12 year old if she wants to keep the child or have an abortion.  See if that really matters in the end when it is basically the parents that will have another child and it will be raised as a sister to the mother.

Kids are kids and have no rights beyond human rights.


– NZ Herald

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