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Jamaica face UN questions on treatment of children

Published:Monday | January 19, 2015 | 10:41 AM

The United Nations will today begin examining the state of Jamaica's children's homes and the treatment of wards in state care.



A Jamaican delegation led by Youth Minister Lisa Hanna will answer questions at the session scheduled to last two days in Geneva, Switzerland.



The delegation will present information on Jamaica's performance in implementing measures to advance child rights as outlined in the country's Third and Fourth Periodic Reports.



Jamaica ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991 and is required to submit periodic reports on the island's progress in implementing measures to promote child rights.



According to Hanna, the presentation will look specifically at the steps taken by her ministry to address issues such as education; health; child abuse, exploitation and child protection; rights and freedoms, as well as family and alternative care and other areas.



Jamaica will also face questions on submissions from local human-rights group about the treatment of children.



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