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Child Rights Report Complete!

posted Aug 22, 2012, 8:33 AM by Rise St. Lucia   [ updated Aug 22, 2012, 8:38 AM ]

After years of intense effort, the results of the ROAD TO GENEVA (RTG) NGO-Youth Coalition research on the state of the human rights of children and youth in St. Lucia has been published, and the 1st ever UN CRC NGO shadow report submitted to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. RTG, a collaborative action research project led by youth, is a unique partnership between youth and 6 NGO’s concerned with their care and protection: RISE; AIDS Action Foundation (AAF); National Youth Council (NYC); St. Lucia Planned Parenthood Association (SLPPA); National Council of/for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD); St. Lucia Blind Welfare Association.  The project was developed in response to government’s 2009 invitation to provide the NGO alternative or shadow report on the UN CRC. The 6 NGO’s combined resources and expertise and engaged children and youth to discover from their peers just how well, or not, children and young people’s human rights are being realized in St. Lucia, and offered youth the opportunity to heighten their awareness and that of the general public on children’s rights, to provide a space in which their voices could be heard, and to work alongside youth-supporting adults to achieve these objectives.

St. Lucia’s latest UN CRC government report, received by the UN in February 2011, is for the first time being complemented by this shadow NGO report reflecting the results of the RTG project. Further, it is hoped that youth involvement will be institutionalized as recommended by the UN CRC, and that this NGO-youth coalition may be included in the long-overdue mechanism for monitoring and recording of St. Lucia’s UN CRC implementation efforts.

The Finnish Embassy has graciously supported the final phase of this project to publish and submit the report to the UN, disseminate the results nationally, and continue efforts to make St. Lucians aware of the UN CRC.  To celebrate the Embassy’s support and the long awaited publication of the report, RISE will be handing over the first copy of the printed report to Ambassador Mikko Pyhälä on Tuesday 10th July 2012 at 8am at the RISE office in Gablewoods Mall.  Copies of the NGO report are also being submitted to the government, through the Division of Human Services & Family Affairs, the agency responsible for the State CRC report, as well as to other relevant government agencies and to UNICEF. The report and the research results are available at: St. Lucia's First UN CRC Shadow Report.

Other supporters of the RTG project included the National Community Foundation, Spinners Club and the Embassy of Kingdom of the Netherlands in Trinidad &Tobago.