Those rights superseed their parent's rights to 'freedom of speech' and all other rights to enjoy themselves. Those rights apply regardless of location, race, disablity, religion and so forth.
Article 2 (Non-discrimination): The Convention applies to all children, whatever their race, religion or abilities; whatever they think or say, whatever type of family they come from. It doesn’t matter where children live, what language they speak, what their parents do, whether they are boys or girls, what their culture is, whether they have a disability or whether they are rich or poor. No child should be treated unfairly on any basis.A child's best interests must be considered as teh PRIMARY concern when making descisions that affect them.
Article 3 (Best interests of the child): The best interests of children must be the primary concern in making decisions that may affect them. All adults should do what is best for children. When adults make decisions, they should think about how their decisions will affect children. This particularly applies to budget, policy and law makersChildren have the right to live without abuse. The right to be safe and cared for.
According the the Justice Centre in Canada emotional abuse is "harming a child's sense of self"
I wonder if letting a child know that you think they would be better off dead is considered abuse? (sarcasm).
Now that we know what rights children have, and what constitutes abuse let us look at all these parents that moan and groan about raising their autistic child, those parents that condone murdering a child because that child is autistic... For those parents I have a message.
To all the mommy's (and daddy's) out there that are struggling to raise an autistic child, living the horror that is autism, desperate, would rather their child have cancer, vaccine injured, living a tragedy, overwhelmed or whatever other excuse you feel you may have to harm your child:
Call Child protective services. Give your child to the Ministry of Children. Heck! you can advertise on Craigslist. (This is not a serious suggestion-do not sell your child.)
There are millions of people out there that will take your c hild. They will love your child. Provide your child with everything he/she needs to meet their potential in a home where they are accepted and loved, encouraged and supported.
You really think someone else can't love your child? That your child is too much, too sick, to injured for me to be able to compare my child to?
Each and every last one of you that compares your child to AIDS, the Houlocaust, Cancer should hang your head in SHAME.
If you truly, really feel that your child is so damaged, so sick, so unworthy of being loved the way they are you should hand that child over to the applicable government agency that WILL find a family that will NOT feel that way.
It is every child's right to be loved and accepted, supported and nurtured. I don't care if your child has every disability known to mankind-you still do not have the right to choose to abuse or murder your child.
Is it hard to parent a child with special needs? Yup, you bet. Do parents sometimes feel overwhelmed? Of course! Does that justify harming your child? Absolutely not.
Dealing with the pain and frustration that comes with parenting is part of being an adult. And loving parents that know they are not coping get help. Real adults let someone else care for their child if they cannot. Period.