A private member's bill to include omitted children's rights is suggested and public discussion of ethical human rights.
A private member’s bill to include omitted children’s rights is suggested and open discussion on ethical human rights.
Anthony Ravlich, MA, BSc, Dip Crim(Hons), Author.
Human Rights Council (New Zealand)
10D/15 City Rd.,
Ph: (09) 940.9658
I am sending the following letter directly to the smaller community organizations, mainly those dealing with children in New Zealand, after two recent articles were censored by virtually all the larger NGOs on the internet.
I am also suggesting a private member’s bill as a way of including the omitted children’s rights in the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990. This could also make the public better aware of the many human rights omissions and could lead to public discussion on the ethical approach to human rights, development, globalization to replace neo liberalism.
The above two articles were sent ‘attached’ in the letter below. They can be found on Anthony Ravlich’s blog, guerilla media or the following links, ‘Hope in Chch rebuilding, ethical human rights despite all attempts to crush human potential’, http://www.guerillamedia.co.nz/content/hope-chch-rebuilding-ethical-human-rights-despite-all-attempts-crush-human-potential , and ‘Distinguished NZer opens door for establishment to debate ethical human rights and rights omissions’, http://www.guerillamedia.co.nz/content/distinguished-nzer-opens-door-establishment-debate-ethical-human-rights-and-rights-omissions .
With sufficient support a Member of Parliament could be persuaded to introduce a private member’s bill to have children’s rights included in the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990.
You could write to your MP.
Children’s rights (in New Zealand children do not even possess the human right to a name) have been excluded from the bill of rights yet the attached show that the latter ‘constitutional law’ is far more effective in protecting children’s rights than ordinary law.
I am a New Zealand author, educator and pioneer in human rights and consider the attached articles really need to be read by all New Zealanders so they can better understand what is happening to New Zealand society and what can be done about the many terrible social problems that now exist.
From my observation, the larger NGOs who know about the omissions will not ‘speak out’ about them most likely for fear of losing funding and being isolated. And the attached describes how the rest of the establishment, including MPs, will only very rarely speak about the omissions.
From my experience, the modus operandi of the establishment is to ignore any demands for the inclusion of human rights thereby sending a message of ‘no hope’ of any serious system change, even for children (see articles below).
And this remains the case even though the Key government’s constitutional review, including bill of rights matters, is taking place (due for completion mid-2014) and is supposed to be open for public discussion.
Both the New Zealand Human Rights Commission and Amnesty International (US) promote the inclusion of children’s rights and many others but they are not reported in the mainstream media.
My book, ‘Freedom from our social prisons..’ (Lexington Books, 2008) was recommended on the United Nations website for about two years. I have been involved in promoting human rights for 21 years (see pics in attached).
Our council promotes an ethical approach to human rights, development and globalization to replace neo liberalism. The ethical approach also involves including all the omitted human rights. The private member’s bill could open discussion on all the omitted human rights as well as the ethical approach.
You will see from the attached that the ethical approach has received support from a distinguished New Zealander Bryan Gould, Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
The ethical approach is gaining increasing support, including influential people both overseas and in New Zealand, on twitter, linkedin and facebook. The following tweet was embedded by Save the Children with 415, 226 followers:
@SavetheChildren ethical human rights, development, globalization to replace neo liberalism, anthony ravlich's blog, guerilla media (Tweet embedded on13 Mar 2012).
Save the Children describes itself as the leading independent organization creating lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world (Westport, CT · http://www.SavetheChildren.org ). Also, see internet for further embedded quotes regarding ethical human rights.
Our council has always had some support from the NZ Human Rights Commission and Noam Chomsky, regarded as the top intellectual of the twentieth century, has often read my work, sometimes making comments, over a period of many years.
There are also, although as yet very small, two ‘ethically-based’ parties, the Human Rights Party and the Republic of New Zealand Party which promote the ethical approach
My work has almost without exception been censored by the mainstream media so I have almost solely used the internet but now my articles are being censored on the internet by the larger NGOs who make use of the internet (although indymedia, ein news are quite good). So I have decided a direct approach to many smaller groups would be best – ‘word of mouth’ in such a small country could prove very effective.
You may also like to read ‘Ethical human rights likely to be many children’s and freedom’s last hope in New Zealand’, http://www.guerillamedia.co.nz/content/ethical-human-rights-likely-be-many-childrens-and-freedoms-last-hope-new-zealand , and also acquaint yourself with some of the statistics, ‘NZ social statistics – too toxic for the young’, http://www.guerillamedia.co.nz/content/nz-social-statistics-too-toxic-young .
There is also anecdotal evidence to suggest that it is not just children of those at the bottom of the social scale who are affected but also the children of middleclass parents.
You are welcome to join me in any, or all, of the above social networking sites if you wish as some others in the establishment are doing seemingly without any fear.
Also, if you are able, it would be very important to circulate this information as widely as possible.