The United Nations Committee for the Rights of the Child communicated its support for children to participate throughout the world in the current mobilizations to combat the climate crisis, and recalled that they have the right and legal protection so that "Their voices are heard and taken into account."
The student strikes for climate change are being harshly criticized and they are made flesh in the most visible face of the movement, the young Swede Greta Thunberg, on the other hand the United Nations committee said it felt inspired "For the millions of children and adolescents who demonstrated for climate change."
"They have reminded us that they see the future of the planet as one of their main problems," the committee's president, Luis Pedernera, said in a statement, who stressed that "children are already harmed by pollution, droughts, natural disasters. and the degradation of the ecosystem ".
The Uruguayan jurist therefore welcomed “An active and meaningful participation of children, as human rights defenders, in matters that concern them, like any other person”.
Children's rights convention
The UN communiqué recalls that the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which turns thirteen in 2019, recognizes minors the right to free expression and considers “unacceptable”Any threat or abuse against them for exercising such freedom.
Greta Thunberg, 16, the initiator in 2018 of the climate strikes that this year have been followed by millions of children around the world, has often been the target of criticism.
The young Swedish woman confronted world leaders during her participation in the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, provoking even US President Trump himself who made fun of her on his Twitter account.
“It seems that she is a very happy child, excited about a bright and wonderful future. How nice to see it! ", the president ironized, a message that caused some controversy because the teenager suffers from Asperger's syndrome.