Argentina's child-snatching plague

Impoverished northeastern province blighted by growing trade in newborn babies.



    Twenty years ago the United Nations adopted the Convention of the Rights of the Child. The CRC or UNCRC, sets out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of children.

    Nations that ratify the UNCRC are bound to it by international law.

    Argentina's northeast province of Misiones is seeing a growing trade in newborn babies
    As of December 2008, 193 signatories had ratified it, including every member of the UN except the US and Somalia.

    The UNCRC has been used as a blueprint for child protection legislation around the world.

    The treaty restricts the involvement of children in military conflicts and prohibits the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.

    However, the treaty's promise to protect children has not always been kept.

    In many cases, poverty is to blame for making worse the plight of the most vulnerable.

    Al Jazeera's Teresa Bo reports from Argentina's impoverished northeast province of Misiones, which is seeing a growing trade in newborn babies.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Israel’s settlements: 50 years of land theft explained

    Israel’s settlements: 50 years of land theft explained

    On the anniversary of UN Resolution 242, Al Jazeera explores the illegal Israeli settlement enterprise.

    Robert Mugabe: Portrait of a presidency

    Robert Mugabe: Portrait of a presidency

    Some key moments in the life of the man who led his country from independence in 1980 until November 21, 2017.

    When is Thanksgiving Day and why is it celebrated?

    When is Thanksgiving Day and why is it celebrated?

    In the US, Thanksgiving Day will be celebrated on Thursday, November 23.