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Lobby group joins calls for children to be released
2012-08-29 09:26:52 | (0 Comments)
Another group has joined the calls for all children in police lock-ups to be released.
Help JA Children said minors should not be housed with adults but with other children.
They also want them to be given educational instruction.
On Monday, advocacy group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) also made a similar plea.
Help JA Children points to the sexual, physical and emotional abuses children face when they’re placed in the same remand institutions as adults.
The group said Section 67 of the Child Care and Protection Act dictates that they should be housed in a juvenile remand centre.
However, it said Jamaica continues to display a worrying level of disregard for legislation, which protects children’s welfare despite being a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child.
Like JFJ, they are calling for the Ministries and governmental organisations with responsibility for children to take immediate steps to remedy this situation.
Help JA Children is also hoping to meet with the Ministries of Youth and Culture and National Security to find a permanent solution to this issue.
Source: The Gleaner/Power 106 News
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