Europe Spread of 'baby boxes' in Europe alarms United Nations

10 Jun 2012 abandonement mother-child child rights human rights

‘The Guardian’ reports that the United Nations is increasingly concerned at the spread in Europe of “baby boxes” where infants can be secretly abandoned by parents, warning that the practice “contravenes the right of the child to be known and cared for by his or her parents”. The proponents draw on the language of the pro-life lobby and claim the baby boxes “protect a child’s right to life” and have saved “hundreds of newborns”. UN officials argue that baby hatches violate key parts of the UNCRC which says children must be able to identify their parents even if separated from them.

Source : The Guardian


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