UN Committee to review Suriname record on children’s rights
GENEVA - Children’s rights in Suriname will be reviewed by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on 21 and 22 September. Suriname is one of the 196 States that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child and so is required to be reviewed regularly by the Committee of 18 independent experts.
Among the possible issues to be discussed between Committee members and a government delegation from Suriname are:
• High number of child marriages;
• Steps to end violence towards children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, and corporal punishment in all settings;
• Discrimination against children with disabilities;
• Discrimination against indigenous and Maroon children, and children in remote areas with regard to education, health services, adequate food , safe drinking water, housing and sanitation;
• Measures to meet the demand for mental health services for children;
• Access of children and adolescents to health care, including reproductive health, support for children infected by HIV or affected by HIV/AIDS;
• Welfare of migrant children and children whose parents are migrants;
• Impact of the Conditional Cash Transfers programme on children’s well-being;
• Measures to tackle child trafficking and child labour.
The discussions will take place in Geneva, Switzerland.
Committee members will base their evaluation on the delegation’s report and replies, as well as information from civil society groups.
The Committee will issue its findings on Suriname and the other countries being reviewed on 6 October.