Experts discuss children’s rights in the Caribbean

WILLEMSTAD/THE HAGUE–The United Nations Children Fund UNICEF Netherlands, University of Curaçao and Leiden University joined forces in a Spring School programme that focused on children’s rights in the Caribbean context. More than 30 professionals from the Caribbean region broadened their knowledge during this course which was held in Curaçao March 5-9.

The lectures and seminars were taught by international and regional child-rights experts, including former Chairman of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Professor Jaap Doek, St. Maarten Court of Guardianship Director Richelda Rodriguez-Emmanuel and former advisor to the UN Special Representative on Violence Against Children Dr. Nicolas Espejo Yaksic.
The Spring School programme, which was led by UNICEF Chair in Children’s Rights at Leiden Law School Professor Ton Liefaard, highlighted a number of pressing children’s-rights issues in the Caribbean and enabled participants to exchange experiences, share best practices and strengthen their network in the field of children’s rights.
UNICEF and the Caribbean Disaster Management Emergency Agency hosted the session on Friday morning, March 9, that focused on the situation of children and the role of UNICEF Latin America and the Caribbean. Discussed during this session was the topic of children in emergencies and the role of local communities to improve children’s rights.
According to UNICEF, every child and young person has rights, no matter who they are or where they live. The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely-ratified international human rights treaty today.
“Still, children in the Caribbean face many challenges, especially in these times of climate change, growing mobility and migration. With this Spring Course UNICEF Netherlands, University of Curaçao and Leiden University want to equip professionals in the field of children’s rights to better anticipate these challenges regarding children’s rights,” it was stated in a press release on Friday.

Source: The Daily Herald