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Apr 6, 2016

UNICEF Meets With Police on Curfew

Earlier this week, the United Nationals Children’s Fund in Belize officially spoke out against an imposed curfew on the south side of Belize City for children seventeen years and younger.  On Tuesday morning, representatives from UNICEF finally met with Eastern Division South Regional Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams to express their concerns about what they say is a violation of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of a Child. Child Protection Officer Luwani Cayetano says it was a successful meeting.

 

Luwani Cayetano, Child Protection Officer, UNICEF Belize

“I think in terms of the police department and their objective with the curfew; that is something…UNICEF doesn’t necessarily support the curfew. But what we do support is when the department of human services or when community rehabilitation goes and works with parents. So parents can go into social services themselves and say that I need some help. Or if children are involved in very positive alternatives, those agencies will identify that perhaps those parents need help. So there are really positive ways to engage communities and families. We work with some N.G.O.s—one of them Child Development Foundation—and what they do, they host events: family days, classes and so parents come on their own to those kinds of events and so that’s really good opportunity for them to share information, for them to say join these groups and support mechanisms so that they can then be able to provide safe and healthy environments for their children.”

 

Luwani Cayetano

Duane Moody

“So maybe the timeline that you guys can see that some kind of intervention can be put in place because obviously the curfew was not lifted; it’s still imposed. So a timeline where you can see this transition into these interventions.”

 

Luwani Cayetano

“In terms of UNICEF’s position on the curfew, UNICEF globally doesn’t support curfew as measures that work in crime reduction.”

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