Friday, November 09, 2007

Education and Human Rights

"Parents educate their children, governments their citizens. Government human rights obligations include ensuring that education is available as well as respecting parental freedom to choose the education of their children.

Compulsory education represents the power of the state to impose, regulate, compel and control education. As for all other powers of the state, human rights safeguards are necessary. Parental freedom of choice concerning education of their children has been the counterweight to the imposition of uniform public education from the very emergence of international human rights law."

Katarina Tomasevski
Special Rapporteur on the right to education of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights

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