US Votes No for Right to Food, Rights of Children as Basic Human Rights

The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights celebrated its 60th anniversary this month, which is a great accomplishment. It has raised awareness around the world and has been a touchstone for rights workers everywhere. What I can’t understand is why my country, the United States, continues to vote against resolutions that one would think any civilized nation could support.

Two important resolutions at the UN General Assembly were opposed by the U.S. last week. Maybe it was just a matter of semantics, and with some different wording our representative would have voted for them. But then I looked at the votes cast and it seems clear to me that every other nation did not have issues with the wording. It left me kind of disgusted at the powers that be.

The first was a resolution on the right to food, which would “consider it intolerable” that more than 6 million children continue to die every year before the age of 5 from hunger-related illness, when the planet can produce enough food to feed 12 billion people (twice the world’s population). One hundred and eighty nations voted in favor of making the “right to food” a basic human right, and the U.S. was the only country to vote against it.

The second was a resolution on the rights of the child, which asks nations to create an environment conducive to the well-being of all children, including the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, the right to food, the eradication of poverty and the right to education. Again, 180 nations voted in favor, and the U.S. was the only vote against it.

Is this contrary attitude just a carryover from the Bush administration? Will Barack Obama’s government change the way we interact with the world?

I certainly hope so.

It’s high time we woke up and became good neighbors with the other residents here on Spaceship Earth.

Add your name to these petitions and let our government know how you feel about the issues:

Make Worldwide Hunger a Priority

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13 comments

Constantine K.
Constantine K.6 years ago

If you are reading this when you get a chance read Marianne Willianson book The Healing of America. It was written a few years ago but has a great of information so you can be more enlighten about the poverty problems that we have here in the USA.

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Camilla Noble-Warren
Camilla N7 years ago

US law states that all international law must be applicable into US national law. If the US were to accept this right, then apparently they are afraid of the liability this would cause in terms of provision of food within the US. This is the reason they voted against it. Im guessing this was the same with the Child Rights Convention.
There you go, US support could lead to millions being saved from hunger, but national concerns over internal obligations take precedence. It is shameful, for both the hungry inside the US an without.

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Nathaniel Barjona

Obama is defended asll over this site....while those who oppose his and his cabinets policies are scorned as racists. Yet now this......where is all the obamaniacs now? And what is this "carryover" stuff? Face it...your Obama savior is just a puppet and there is no change.....at least not for the better.

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Andre C.
Andre C8 years ago

The reality is that people starve to death so that many americans can get fat.

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chris b.
chris b8 years ago

Perhaps this is Americas answer to world over population: increased starvation! Shameful when you consider the obesity levels in the US and elsewhere fuelled by over consumption, generated by big business greed!

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chris b.
chris b8 years ago

Perhaps this is Americas answer to world over population: increased starvation! Shameful when you consider the obesity levels in the US and elsewhere fuelled by over consumption for the greed of big business!

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chris b.
chris b8 years ago

Perhaps this is Americas answer world over population: increased starvation! Shameful when you look at obesity levels in the US and elsewhere!

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Emagin Peace
Dawn LaBorde8 years ago

And these are the same people deciding the fate of our healthcare system?
But they are lost souls....

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Ifeeliya Fluff-whomper
Past Member 8 years ago

"Change" ya all can believe in, hmmmm? look at it this way, its just an extension of this admins. current take on abortion, yep the viable may be a bit older, but who cares if they die in early childhood instead. wake up people!!!

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Nikolas Karman
Nikolas K8 years ago

This is another bankster orchestrated diversion to keep people opposed to each other and angry towards a regime who is only obeying the orders from their bankster masters, I recommend another read of the protocols of Zion to learn more.

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