US, Somali dodge child rights treaty

The US and Somali are the only nations in the world that have not yet ratified the1998 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

Washington signed the global treaty six years ago but continues to violate its terms, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said on Wednesday.

It said the US military recruiters target children as young as 11, violating the terms of the CRC, AP reported.

The ACLU argues that American parents are ill-informed about what options they have to prevent their children from being recruited into the military.

The charges come as the US prepares to answer questions on its record Thursday from the UN's Committee on the Rights of the Child.

The UN committee will question the US about its compliance with two "optional protocols" - on children in armed conflict and on the sale of children - that the US has committed itself to.

They are separate from the broader CRC that the US is still to ratify

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