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Island ‘lagging’ on child rights

MARIA BRADSHAW, [email protected]

Island ‘lagging’ on child rights

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Barbados is lagging behind several countries which already have modern child rights legislation.

And Faith Marshall-Harris, one of the recently elected global experts on the United Nations Committee on The Rights of The Child (UNCRC), is hoping that the new Barbados Labour Party Government expedites the reformation and implementation of this legislation in order to protect children.

“One of my immediate concerns, and one which I hope this administration will assume the mantle of, is that our laws relating to children are very outdated, in some cases, dating from the 1920s. They need harmonisation and reform to bring them into the modern day,” she said.

Marshall-Harris said she was alarmed to discover during her campaigning “that many states with far less resources have already made this important step in terms of bringing their laws relating to children up to date and ensuring they conform with the principles of the CRC”. (MB)

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