Kingdom Taskforce sounds alarm on videos breaching child rights | THE DAILY HERALD

PHILIPSBURG–The Kingdom Taskforce for Children’s Rights, representing by Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten and the Caribbean Netherlands, has expressed concern about the increase in children’s rights violations being recorded and circulated via social media (Facebook, WhatsApp and other platforms).

The Taskforce recently took note of a video showing a mother who was abusing her children that began circulating on social media.

“While it is not the first time that videos of such nature are being shared on social media, nor are they always filmed locally, it must be reminded that acts of violence against children are not tolerated under the International Convention for Children’s Rights, to which the Kingdom of the Netherlands and by extension its constituents are signatories,” it was stated in a press release on Wednesday.

The Taskforce urges the public to refrain from sharing such footage when received, as it negatively exposes the identity of victims, ultimately hampering their recovery process. It also encourages the public to familiarise itself with the articles of the convention, to recognise abuse immediately as it becomes apparent. The public is also advised to verify the country from where the videos originate, and if it is determined to be local, to notify the competent authorities immediately.

The Kingdom Taskforce for Children’s Rights, established in April 2014, is an organisation that monitors and seeks to continuously improve children’s rights issues on the islands within the Dutch Kingdom. Further information on the articles of the International Convention for Children’s Rights can be found on the UNICEF website .

Should anyone become aware of any abuse practices taking place in their family or neighbourhood, please contact the relevant organisations to file an anonymous report: in St. Maarten, contact the Court of Guardianship/Voogdijraad Sint Maarten, tel. 542-4110, or 918 outside office hours; e-mail or visit the office at W.G. Buncamper Road 33.

In St. Eustatius visit the Center for Youth and Family tel. +599-318-3271 or +599-318-3272 or email

Source: The Daily Herald