The United Nations (UN) Children’s Rights Committee will publish its findings and recommendations, following the reporting by Suriname and other countries, on October 6, 2016. After this, the various institutes can direct children’s policy work taking into account these findings. A delegation led by the Minister of Social Affairs and Housing, Joan Dogojo has in Geneva defended children’s rights policy of Suriname and its implementation. After nine years Suriname reported to the UN Children’s Rights Committee.
During the “73th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child”, ‘Suriname during an interactive session by the UN Children’s Rights Committee, examined the situation of children’s rights and the implementation of the CRC. The combined 3rd and 4th country report on children here served as a guide, reports the Ministry of Social Affairs and Housing.
Matters were raised in regards to the government’s policy. These include to education and health care for children in the interior, the situation of children with disabilities in care institutions, child labor, the development of the Law Shelter Organizations and the various mechanisms for a comprehensive child policy.
It is also noted that Suriname should ratify the Optional Protocols annexed to the CRC, in particular, the Protocol of May 25, 2000, which deals with the involvement of children in armed conflicts. The Optional Protocol on Child Trafficking, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography has been ratified. Suriname will prepare a report on this Protocol to the UN Children’s Rights Committee.
Like the other 195 countries that are party to the CRC, Suriname has the obligation to report periodically to the UN Children’s Rights Committee. Suriname is since 1993 party to the CRC. In 2007, Suriname last reported to the UN Children’s Rights Committee.
The UN Children’s Rights Committee is composed of eighteen independent experts charged with monitoring the implementation of the CRC by all States Parties. In addition, this committee is charged with monitoring the implementation of the Optional Protocols annexed to the Children’s Rights Convention by the States Parties.
In addition to country reports, shadow reports from NGOs are included in discussions with the party states.
The delegation consisted of Lilian Ferrier, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force Integrated Children and Youth Policy, Clyde Soetodirijo, acting Head Office Rights of the Child, Rebekah Brown Kortram, and acting Head Office and Shelter Organisations Meryll Malone of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.