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Committee to look into UNICEF report

Justice Minister Thalatha Atukorale receiving the report from UNICEF Country Representative Tim Sutton. Picture by Mohamed Imitiyas
Justice Minister Thalatha Atukorale receiving the report from UNICEF Country Representative Tim Sutton. Picture by Mohamed Imitiyas

"A special committee will be appointed to look into the recommendations made by the United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF) based on its report on Sri Lanka's justice system to eradicate crimes against children," Foreign Employment and Justice Minister Thalatha Atukorale yesterday said.

She was speaking at a ceremony held to introduce a report titled 'A Legal and Institutional Assessment of Sri Lanka's Justice System for Children' complied by UNICEF. It was presented to the Minister by UNICEF Country Representative Tim Sutton. Minister Atukorale said the report would greatly help the government's efforts to create a safer environment for children to live in.

She said a committee would liaise between several government institutions that would put forward their resources for this worthy cause including the Justice Ministry, Women and Children's Affairs Ministry, Child Protection Authority, the Police, and the Attorney General's Department, The Minister said the UNICEF had proposed the procedures to be followed to ensure child safety and steps to be adopted to reduce child abuse.

She said the Justice Ministry had taken all the measures necessary to complete the court cases dealing with crimes against children on the instructions of the AG's Department. "UNICEF has launched many programmes with the support of the Justice Ministry that have helped to reduce child abuse in the country.

It remains the responsibility of parents and officers of the Child Protection Authority to ensure that the programmes become a reality," she said. 


 

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