Keynote speaker Assembly Member Joaquín Arámbula (second from left) poses with his older daughter and other children at the event for Human Rights of Children. In front are the children of presenters, who received from Arámbula a Certificate of Recognition from the California Legislature. In the back row are children who came from Oakland with the Martin Luther King, Jr., Freedom Center. Photo by Peter Maiden

The Human Rights of Children

By Peter Maiden

The Human Rights Coalition of the Central Valley commemorated the 70th Anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights by holding a program at Fresno State on Dec. 8 titled “The Human Rights of Children.” The featured speaker was Dr. Joaquín Arambula, a medical doctor who was re-elected in November to represent California’s 31st Assembly District.

Giving introductory speeches were Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Fresno State, and Dr. Andrew Fiala, professor of philosophy at Fresno State and a columnist on ethics for the Fresno Bee.

The Coalition gathered children from local schools to read the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It was adopted by the United Nations in 1989, with near-unanimous support. It was not ratified by the United States.

Speakers and a panel took up most of the three-hour event, but there were also child performers. The King African Dance Troupe performed, as did dancers and musicians from the Lao Community Center of Fresno.

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Peter Maiden is a staff photographer for the Community Alliance newspaper. He studied media at UC Berkeley. Contact him at maidenfoto1@gmail.com.

  • The Community Alliance is a monthly newspaper that has been published in Fresno, California, since 1996. The purpose of the newspaper is to help build a progressive movement for social and economic justice.

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