And what of these children's rights? (was RE: [LINK] Messages to be monitored before going to schools)

Tue, 18 Feb 2003 09:58:59 +1100

Monitoring of children's communication? Ahem!

Article 13 of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child:

     1. The child shall have the right to freedom of expression; this
     right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart
     information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers,
     either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or
     through any other media of the child's choice.

     2. The exercise of this right may be subject to certain
     restrictions, but these shall only be such as are provided by
     law and are necessary:

     (a) For respect of the rights or reputations of others; or

     (b) For the protection of national security or of public order
     (ordre public), or of public health or morals.

You'll have to follow the link to the full text. If you try to open 
the page directly (i.e. not with the frames around it) you get 
bounced back to the framed version.

I'm not sure that blanket monitoring of all students' communication 
helps preserve their rights. Have any of the articles so far 
addressed these concerns?

The only states which haven't ratified this Convention are Somalia 
and ("Ahem!" again) the United States.

     The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely
     and rapidly ratified human rights treaty in history.


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