Government committed to upholding the rights of children – PM

Goverment commited to upholding the rights of children – PM

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart says Barbados attaches the greatest importance to its children and has taken the necessary steps to ensure that their rights are protected.

During a reception at his official residence last night for delegates attending the 92nd Inter-American Children’s Institute Conference, Stuart said in general, countries in the western hemisphere had demonstrated their maturity by subscribing to conventions and enacting laws recognizing the rights of children.

Therefore adults who control society “have to pay the same kind of attention that we pay to our own rights to their [children] rights as well.

“At the core of those rights is the right to enjoy their childhood,” he said, adding that “it is a mark of our civilization in this part of the world that we allow our children to be children, to enjoy their childhood and that we take conscious steps, to protect their rights.”

However, he acknowledged that this was not always the case.

“Fifty years ago children were to be seen and not heard. There was no conception of children’s rights. They were objects and not subjects of anything.

“It is testimony to the great leap forward that we have made not only here in Barbados and the English-speaking Caribbean but in this hemisphere that today we attach the importance which we do to the rights of children, that we recognize that they think, feel, dream, aspire; they can be disappointed, hurt, and all of that gamut of emotions that we as adults experience are also the lot and portion of our children.”

Since 1990 Barbados became signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and Stuart assured that this island stood ready to approve any other covenant that recognizes the need for special treatment of children .

“The Government of Barbados is committed to ensuring that whatever conventions, treaties, understandings there may be relevant to this hemisphere and relevant globally that require the adoption, and eventually the signature of Barbados [is] sure to be executed by us because our commitment to the welfare of our children is irrevocable and is profound,” he said.

In updating members of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on happenings in Barbados earlier this year, Minister of Social Care and Community Development Steve Blackett had said that violence against children was a source of great concern.

He informed the committee that a comprehensive review of laws relating to children, women and their families had been undertaken, which would shortly be followed with prioritization of areas for reform to ensure the greater conformity of domestic legislation with international conventions.

According to a statement by that committee its, “experts congratulated Barbados on the progress made since the last review in 1999, particularly in the areas of education and health, and also on the success in maintaining budget allocations for children despite the economic and financial crisis”.

12 Responses to Government committed to upholding the rights of children – PM

  1. John Everatt September 21, 2017 at 12:14 am

    Empty words to please that particular audience. Tell them to the children who were let down by this government and the child care board who are no longer with us.

    • harry turnover September 21, 2017 at 6:45 am

      Yes sir…I call that ‘ talk for the occasion ‘

  2. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 21, 2017 at 7:34 am

    B/S talk to make himself look good in front of international audience but reality is reality no one except well heel and powerful got any rights in Barbados.

  3. Blessed Bobb
    Blessed Bobb September 21, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Yes but because more parents and grandparents are working parents are forced to put their children in day care,and when this is done that child must be monitored constantly and given the best care,however if the focus is on numbers this cannot be achieved.
    Also you cannot have 1 Aunty to 7 babies,this is an accident waiting to happen,caring for babies is a lot of work, and if you cannot handle the job do not take the child!
    Babies need to be fed on time and their diapers changed on time,I honestly think home care is better,however this isn’t always possible, so there needs to be strict guidelines for those who offer daycare as well as preschool services.

  4. bobo September 21, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Barbados Prime Minister speaking a lot of ignorance—if he was interested in the welfare of our children–since he took over office –where are athe rights of our children implemented -(1) Government and private day-care–infant Children-babies—- run by trained professionals, making sure the building is safe and disinfected quite offten—(2) children of two years should be entering play school—where they are taught languages, swimming–animals–and gardening-reading-

    Since Barbados independence UN have ask Barbados government to eliminate beatings in the homes and schools,which is called brutaliy against children rights–and the destruction of black civilization progress. Each newly appointed government leaders refuse to implement the rights of the child –today the local 21st century children could be sitting on a ”creative wall” instead all governmental Politicains self-interest ignore they cry for education stability–innovations—Politicians choose ”DIVIDE and RULE”–how many black children are in the local corrections institutions–
    Barbados political parties BLP-DLP– Local Black folks how many more years do you want these corrupt politicial parties to guide you and your children to a life of blindness–how many—

    • jennifer September 21, 2017 at 6:37 pm

      Well said, these bunts keep implementing policies fit for another race of people as they were ordered for this unique people. Mind you that other race ain’t implementing Jack *hit from them.

  5. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow September 21, 2017 at 11:34 am

    The Clown Prince is an empty suit

  6. F.A.Rudder September 21, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Well here it is! A subject which should be critiqued, thought out among parents, guardians and caretakers our children in sovereign Barbados and here we have responses such as these being elaborated with no positive solutions. Come on Barbados are we slipping in intellect and social behavior ? It’s quite easy for foreign countries to envision how our domestic way of life is lived and to see how it corresponds to the Barbadians’ thought process. we are labeling ourselves under a stereo typed. The country deserves better when it come to the future of all Barbadians and that begins with the new born.

  7. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis September 21, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    This is the same PM that pull the rug from under the said children,parents and every taxpayer in Barbados

  8. Catherine Hinkson
    Catherine Hinkson September 21, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    And Jones want we make more babies for what again ?

  9. Catherine Hinkson
    Catherine Hinkson September 21, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Their don’t have enough teachers in the schools and not enough daycare nannies free up the country money and employ more teachers and daycare nanny every three month or six months qualified nursery assistance coming out of sjpp or ediston collage

  10. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba September 21, 2017 at 7:37 pm



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