The campaign for fathers rights is a growing movement involving countless groups all campaigning for a change in the family law, in order to protect children from abuse and alienation and to allow both parents to bring up their children after separation or divorce, resulting in more stability and happiness for the most important people in the situation, the child.
The United Nations Convention On The Rights Of The Child states:
a) “the child should be brought up in the spirit of peace, dignity, tolerance, freedom, equality and solidarity”
b) “the right to know and be cared for by his or her parents”
c) “the right of the child to preserve his or her identity, including nationality, name and family relations”
d) “respect the right of the child who is separated from one or both parents to maintain personal relations and direct contact with both parents on a regular basis, except if it is contrary to the child’s best interests.”
e) “both parents have common responsibilities for the upbringing and development of the child. Parents have the primary responsibility for the upbringing and development of the child. The best interests of the child will be their primary concern.”
f) “protect the child from exploitation”
g) “States parties agree that the education of the child shall be directed to the development of respect for the child’s parents”
h) “provide necessary support for the child and for those who have the care of the child”
The UK government signed up to this convention back in 1990, but still in 2010 tens of thousands of parents are being discriminated against in family court and child welfare is not being put first.
Fathers should have the same rights as mothers and be allowed to share the responsibility of bringing up their children. Parental alienation is when the resident parent refuses to encourage a positive relationship with the other parent and this is a form of child abuse that harms innocent children. The laws must be changed and family court judges must use the powers available to them to allow children to be brought up in a more stable, happy environment and contact with both parents.
This is a basic human right that is being ignored by judges and the law.