Rights Committee urges application of child law

| 21/11/2008

(CNS) : Although written more than five years ago the Cayman Islands Government has failed so far to implement the Child Law 2003 which was drafted to comply with the Conventions of the Rights of the Child, 1989 (CRC) an international treaty extended to Cayman in 1994. On the anniversary of the CRC, Cayman’s Human Rights Committee has urged the government to put the law in place to protect the rights of local children.

In the same week that fears were raised about a man charged with child rape being released on bail into the community, the HRC reminded everyone that the law written to protect our children well over five years ago has never been implemented.

The committee explained that under the treaty every child has the right to grow up in a healthy safe environment. This means the government is obligated to protect the country’s children from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Raising its concern that the Child Law has still not been brought into force the HRC urged the government to implement the law.   It said it was joining forces with Hedge Funds Care Cayman to begin an advocacy campaign to push for the law’s rapid implementation.

The committee drew attention to the recent words of Liz Gibbons the Associate Director of Gender Rights and Civic Engagement for UNICEF who said proper laws and policies are an essential foundation for protecting children from violence.



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  1. Anonymous says:

    How absurd and revolting that anyone in government could oppose, impede, or delay the signing of such a treaty, 10 years hence, which provides such fundamental legal rights to children. 

    JUD 1:6  And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home–these He has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.


  2. Anonymous says:

    HRC – na├»ve or sensible? This HRC is such a mixed bag!
    On some issues, the HRC appears sensible like this one – an important and relevant need for stronger laws to protect children.
    On others, the HRC is saldy out of touch and naive-such as gays rights and horizontal application.

    Here’s to hoping they can figure out whether their contribution to cayman is going to be positive or a detriment.