UNCRC Article 7

Haverstock Journalism Club

 A review of the UNCRC Article 7


Haverstock is a co-educational school in Camden Town, North London. Producing political heavyweights including the likes of Ed Miliband, it is not a school that should be cantankerously dismissed. Students are engaged, well informed and mean business. This is the latest in a series of contributions from their students.


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‘Once we had a country and we thought it fair,
Look in the atlas and you’ll find it there:
We cannot go there now, my dear, we cannot go there now.

In the village churchyard there grows an old yew,
Every spring it blossoms anew:
Old passports can’t do that, my dear, old passports can’t do that.

The consul banged the table and said,
“If you’ve got no passport you’re officially dead”:
But we are still alive, my dear, but we are still alive’. 

By W.H. Auden 

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This poem was written in 1938 and at first glance you might wonder what it has to do with the UNCRC Article 7 Part 1 & 2.  

Just because you are born in the UK, and can be registered for school and the local GP Surgery, it does not mean you will have automatic citizenship.  

Without a passport there is no right to work in the UK when you get to over the age of 16. Citizenship is required but it is very expensive costing over £1000 and it requires a test. What happens if they don’t have £1000 or they managed to save up but aren’t good at tests?

 Down below is the first question:

  1. What was the last battle between Great Britain and France? 
  • 1. The Battle of Trafalgar  
  • 2. The Battle of Waterloo  
  • 3. The Battle of Hastings  
  • 4. Battle of Agincourt  

Our Journalism Project Tutor thought it was the Battle of Trafalgar! It is actually Waterloo. She then asked two other members of staff and they got it wrong too 

Another question is:

Name Prince Edward’s children?  

What is the point of this question?  We don’t need to have this information to be useful to our society. We think it is a useless question. 

This extract from the UNCRC Article 7 states: 

  1. The child shall be registered immediately after birth and shall have the right from birth to a name, the right to acquire a passport.
  2. States Parties shall ensure the implementation of these rights in accordance with their national law and their obligations under the relevant international instruments in this field in particular where the child would otherwise be stateless. 

 

Recently there has been a change in the law for landlords who are now required to ask for potential renters to show evidence with their passport otherwise they will be prosecuted. A whole section of society is going to be denied somewhere to live even though they were born in the UK.  

Young people will become homeless, without food (because they cannot work or claim benefits) and very shocked. They were educated in the UK but are being denied entry to the gateway of British adult life. 

We believe that the law should be changed. If you are born in this country the basic rights under Article 7 should be carried out.

It really does not look like the UNCRC has changed to us.

Geraldine van Buaran, when interviewed in Time Magazine by Angelina Jolie last November, admitted: ‘It isn’t perfect but it is better than the League of Nations’.

Is it?

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By Sirin Yr 8, Millie Year 8, Tiasha Year 8, Madison Year 7, Reilly Year 7, Anwar Year 7, Tom Year 7, Aries Year 7 

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