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June 1: Children's holiday or a day of "formalism and the show?"

June 1 2005

1 June each year around the world joyfully celebrate Children's Day. Today the Russian children will be actively and consistently defend, honor, to arrange for them to concerts, distributing gifts and sweets. But only someone really is a holiday?

It was established in November 1949 decision of the session of the International Democratic Women's Federation. This initiative is supported by the United Nations , which, in turn, proclaimed one of its priorities the protection of human rights, life and health of children. For the first time the feast was celebrated in 1950 in more than fifty countries around the world.

It is no secret that on June 1 is a very popular day at school, because it means the beginning of vacation. Therefore, in the morning they have a truly wonderful holiday spirit, oh and turn kids to the fullest. Moreover, that Moscow International Children's Day is celebrated widely.

One gets the impression that everything in the child protection situation is generally satisfactory. However, in 2003 the famous writer Vladislav Krapivin refused to celebrate Children's Day. He admitted that this holiday does not mean nothing to him and is synonymous with formalism and the show.

"Today in Russia live without their parents millions of street children - said Krapivin. - In my opinion, the problem of the state - not to make once a year, magnificent feasts, and every moment to care for orphans. If the officials let the money spent by them on the opening of various monuments on the supply of shelters, they would have committed a far more pleasing to God. But in reality, Children's Day is probably the ring for a political game than a reminder of the need to take care of the younger generation. "

At a special session of the UN General Assembly devoted to children's rights, held in September 2001 in New York, were announced by the sad facts gathered Children's Fund (UNICEF). They suggest that more than half the world's children live in families where physical and psychological violence - the everyday reality. Every tenth child in the world regularly fall victim to aggressive behavior of adults. In the underdeveloped countries of Asia and Africa, threatening not only the children of adult aggression or disrespect of their rights, but such harsh realities, such as hunger, AIDS, war. The infant mortality rate in these countries is almost two times higher than in developing countries.

In Russia, according to the Interior Ministry in 2003 revealed more than 145,000 minors (14-18 years) who have committed crimes. Of those prosecuted 122.4 thousand, 23.2 thousand freed Here are the crimes committed by juveniles : murder (attempt to) - 2 thousand, intentional infliction of grievous bodily harm - 4,2 thousand, intentional infliction of moderate bodily harm - 2,3 thousand, rape (the attempt) - 1,1 thousand, theft - 72,3 thousand, fraud - 0,8 thousand, robbery - 15,6 thousand, robbery - 6 2 thousand, extortion - 1,5 thousand, carjacking - 7,7 thousand people participated in the kidnapping of 30 adolescents, taking of hostages - three of terrorism - two of them. Something to think about .

Politicians, officials and NGO representatives as well as children who woke up today in the sense of celebration. They have reason to once again draw attention to themselves. Of course, they will be assured that we are all members of society think about the children and the need to protect their rights, not only on 1 June.

p align = "justify"> In an interview with journalists on the powers that be sure to mark that the Russians should worry about the future of the country, give all power to ensure the protection of children and this is our citizenship. During these conversations take place daily, but I hope that tomorrow, the topic will not be forgotten and articulated plans, such as the fight against homelessness will be realized.

Константин Дятлов

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