UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, part 3


Injury Negligent treatment Maltreatment
Canada played an instrumental role in drafting and promoting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention outlines the responsibilities governments have to ensure a child’s right to survival, healthy development, protection and participation in all matters that affect them. The four general principles of the Convention are: non-discrimination, the best interests of the child, the right to life, survival and development, and respect for the views of the child. [1] Public Health Agency of Canada

Convention on the Rights of the Child [2]
Article 19
1. States Parties shall take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment

Injury Negligent treatment Maltreatment

–          Autistic children cannot live near wind turbine projects.[3] Recently a survey by Davis and Steigler (2010) of over 17,000 children who have Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) shows that over 40% were “hypersensitive to sounds” and that “noise sensitivity is a particular problem” for children with ASD.[4]

–          Stansfeld and Matheson (2003) note, “It is likely that children represent a group which is particularly vulnerable to the non-auditory health effects of noise … In view of the fact that children are still developing both physically and cognitively, there is a possible risk that exposure to an environmental stressor such as noise may have irreversible negative consequences for this group.”[5]

–         The Invisible Children Meet Big Wind, NA-PAW. Twelve-year-old Jordynn Stom, whose already delicate health is being threatened by a wind farm project. She has Systemic Lupus and Photo-Sensitive Epilepsy. Despite her medical condition, she attends school and is a straight A student. A wind farm may soon cause havoc with her life, as her disabilities will make her especially vulnerable to the turbines’ infrasound and shadow flicker.[6]

[1] Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ncd-jne/bck-info-un-eng.php
[2] Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/CRC.aspx
[3] https://www.wind-watch.org/news/2013/04/02/autistic-children-cannot-live-near-wind-turbine-projects/
[4] http://www.asha.org/Publications/leader/2010/100427/Behavioral-Hearing-Assessment-Children-Autism.htm
[5] http://bmb.oxfordjournals.org/content/68/1/243.full.pdf
[6] http://www.na-paw.org/pr-120128.php

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