To the editor,
National Child's Day was established by the Government of Canada to commemorate Canada's adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20th, 1989 and the Declaration of the Rights of the Child on November 20th, 1959.
Amongst the rights given to children are the right to both their parents, and the right to see both their parents, except in very unusual circumstances. Groups like Fathers 4 Justice Canada recognize the rights of children to both their parents, and the corresponding rights of parents to relationships with their children.
Unfortunately, despite being a signatory to the Convention, governments in Canada do not recognize our children's rights. Regularly, with little or no justifiable reason, the Courts sever parent-child relationships. At marital separation these parent-child relationships are sometimes severed directly.
More often, the Courts will pay lip service to a relationship and then refuse to enforce the rights of these children to see at least one of their parents if the other decides to refuse to comply - often with terrible consequences. More than 100,000 children each year are affected by divorce and separation. (Conway, John, Children of Divorce/Canadian Family in Crisis, 1993)
Fathers 4 Justice Canada is an international movement which began in the United Kingdom. We are a cross section of concerned citizens who recognize the bias and injustice in the current family law where children are used as prizes.
On November 20th, 2009 National Child's Day, Fathers 4 Justice Canada will be...in various locations across Canada. For more information visit www.F4JCanada.ca or submit your inquiry to officefathers4justicecanada@
Children need both parents in their lives and Children have the Right to love and be loved by both of their parents, after separation or divorce!
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