Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Cat is Finally out of the Bag

With just 9 days left to the Children's Rights Referendum Mothers Alliance Ireland has issued a strong statement, which we have reprinted in full below.
PRESS  RELEASE;  Date:  21st October, 2012.

Subject:  Referendum.      The Cat is Finally Out of the Bag.

Mothers Alliance Ireland has issued the following statement and has called on Irish people to give a resounding NO to the proposed Amendment of the Irish Constitution on 10th November next. 

“Since the Referendum was announced some time back, leaders of the yes side, including Ms. Olivia O’Leary, who is heading up the yes campaign for the children’s Rights Alliance, Barnardos, ISPCC, etc., have repeatedly told the Irish people that this Referendum has nothing to do with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  This UN treaty is the Elephant in the Room in this referendum, and the lie is finally nailed by none other than Minister Frances Fitzgerald’s own Department.  In a booklet on the Referendum to be distributed to every household by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, the cat has finally been let out of the bag.  On page 3 of that booklet it clearly states that the referendum “was recommended by the Constitutional Review Group which proposed a change to reflect the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by Ireland in 1992.

The Question that every Irish person going to the polls on Novenber 10th  should aks is:  Why has this truth been kept from the Irish people for so long?   What is there to hide?

This is what they have to hide:  The UN Treaty on children is not about giving rights to children at all (read Article 2 of the Treaty)*.  It gives rights to the State and Agents of the State – not parents or children – to decide what’s best for every child in this country.  It makes every child, whether of married, deserted, separated, divorced or bereaved parents, a ward of the State.  Parents, good or not so good, will no longer be able to protect their children from intervention by the State or Agents of the State – and we all know how Agents of the State are currently profiting from the Child Care Industry.   This Treaty can be used by the State and State agents to get teenagers to sue their parents if, for instance parents, in their wisdom, choose to invade the privacy of their bedroom or check their mobile phone, or try to stop them using the internet or associating with friends whom the parents consider bad company.  

Mothers Alliance Ireland is now appealing to all those good people who have been deceived into campaigning for a yes vote in this referendum to come out on November 10th, and give a resounding NO to this monstrous attempt to legally deny decent parents the Constitutional right  to protect their children and all our children and grandchildren from this explosive Treaty.

Contact:  Theresa Heaney, Chairperson, Mothers Alliance Ireland.

47 O’Connell Street Limerick.  Tel:  023-8846470 – Mob: 087-6486679

Convention on the Rights of the Child  
Article 2*
1. States Parties shall respect and ensure the rights set forth in the present Convention to each child within their jurisdiction without discrimination of any kind, irrespective of the child's or his or her parent's or legal guardian's race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or other status.
2. States Parties shall take all appropriate measures to ensure that the child is protected against all forms of discrimination or punishment on the basis of the status, activities, expressed opinions, or beliefs of the child's parents, legal guardians, or family members. 


In its General Comment No. 4 of 2003,40 it  [the Committee on the Rights of the Child stated that,

‘State parties have the obligation to ensure that all human being below 18 enjoy all the rights set forth in the Convention [on the Rights of the Child] without discrimination (Article 2)  including with regard to “race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or other status”.  These grounds also cover, [interalia] sexual orientation’.[i]
The CRC thus appears to adopt the same approach as the CESCR [Convention on Economic, Social Cultural Rights] in locating sexual orientation within the category of ‘other status’.p.215