OTTAWA, Sept 14 (LSN) – The Canadian branch of the United Nations Children’s Fund and
Elections Canada have released the ten rights to be voted on by Canadian youth under 18 in a
mock national election to be held November 19. As LifeSite warned in July, the rights would
likely promote the often anti-family ideals of the United Nations, especially the
criminalization of corporal punishment. The newly released rights “candidates” proved
LifeSite’s warnings accurate. Subsumed under the right of “Education”, the first right listed
of ten, it specifies that “the discipline used in our schools must not go against our human
dignity.” In further explanation, the UNICEF Canada information notes that “any form of
school – and parental – discipline must respect the child’s human dignity.”

As evidenced by the reports from the Committee on the Convention on the Rights of the Child,
the prohibition of spanking as a form of discipline has proved to be the first major focus
in reviews of nations’ compliance to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. (see links

The ten rights candidates are the rights to: education, family, food and shelter, health,
name and nationality, non-discrimination, own culture, protection from harm, rest and play,
and share opinions. A poster featuring the ballot and the Web site address for registration
is being distributed to over 15,000 Canadian schools, school boards and educational
organizations. The event’s Web site is at and it features a teachers

The Convention on the Rights of the Child has many other implications which greatly disturb
family organization leaders. This vote in the schools is a consciousness-raising exercise to
make Canada’s children aware of their supposed rights under the UN Convention to claim
personal authority on all moral, educational, religious and many other matters (subsumed
under the right to SHARE OPINIONS).

The allowance of a UNICEF sponsored program in Catholic, Christian and Orthodox Jewish
schools will also bring controversy since UNICEF has become a prominent partner in the
abortion, contraception and sterilization programs of the U.N. The resulting withdrawal of a
Vatican contribution to the UN’s children’s organization three years ago led to many Catholic
schools abandoning the traditional practice of UNICEF fundraising via Halloween boxes.

The tremendous cost of this so-called national vote will fall squarely on the shoulders of
Canadian taxpayers despite the fact that there was no legislative debate on the matter nor
any other public consultation. Supporters of the election include the Department of Foreign
Affairs and International Trade, Canadian Heritage, Human Resources Development Canada’s
Youth Initiatives Branch and Aboriginal Relations Office, the National Capital Commission,
and the National Film Board of Canada.

For evidence of UNICEF’s involvement in population control see:

For evidence of the UN Child Rights Committee against corporal punishment see: