But such documents are not absurd because they draw focus on the issue (even limited) and if there is a problem then those countries by looking at themselves hopefully fix the issues that come out.
Like it or not, image, internally and externally (country wise) matters. Do you really think that the image of Texas was helped by first having that mormon child abuse group living among them, and then the whole case falls apart because of US law being geared up to protect the children from said abuse due to "religious" reasons? Everyone with half a brain can see that the children in that community are being abused and there is plenty of evidence.. I mean it is the norm for girls to marry at what.. age 15? Come on..
This treaty would only stipulate that the US in principle wants to live up to protecting children at all levels. That it in reality cant at the moment will only mean that the focus is put on that problem and hopefully legislation is put in place that makes it possible to rescue cult children that are being abused. Aint that a good thing?
And no the US is not the only western nation having problems with such cults. Child abuse is rampant across the western world in all layers of society. The only difference is we dont force them to work in mines any more and use them as soldiers.