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By Pieter van Maele
PARAMARIBO – The National Assembly (Parliament) is drafting two laws to protect the country’s youngest inhabitants. Both the draft law on care institutions and the draft law concerning the protection of children in care homes must resolve the vacuum in Suriname’s legal framework on children’s rights, as it is the first time such laws will be implemented.
The new legislation comes at a time when children’s rights – and the lack of legislation in this area –are a hot topic in the country; two cases of child abuse rocked Suriname in one week. On Tuesday March 22, national and international media reported that the head of a care home in Tamanredjo, Commewijne was arrested on charges of child abuse. The Dutchman had reportedly mistreated the children and was accused of even raping a four-year-old. And, speaking during a session of the National Assembly, Parliamentarian Hugo Jabini (NDP) reported a child abuse case that took place in the interior of Suriname.
Drs. Jennifer Geerlings–Simons, speaker of the Parliament, promised to tackle the problem immediately. “It is simple. We will track down, prosecute and lock up those who are found to be guilty,” she said.
On Wednesday, a cross section of stakeholders attended a special session of hearings by the Parliamentarian Commission on Youth Affairs, which was meant to smooth out all imperfections in the legislation. The Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of Health Care, Stichting ‘Het Kind’ (Foundation ‘The Child’) and the Youth Parliament, and Foundation Projekta attended. The Parliamentarian Commission aims to get the new laws passed ‘as soon as possible’, during a general session of the National Assembly, but an exact date for this session has not been set yet.
The two drafts are not completely new. Parts of it were already presented to the National Assembly when the former government of President Ronald Venetiaan was still in power.
PARAMARIBO, Suriname–A committee consisting of 16 people has been appointed to draft a program for improvement of parliamentarians, the supporting organs and the institute of the National Assembly (DNA). The program will be executed over several years and be funded partially by the UN Development Program (UNDP). The committee will draft the program in cooperation with experts from UNDP.
PARAMARIBO – The faction of the New Front for Democracy and Development in the National Assembly (DNA) has taken a resolute stance against the coalition. The parliamentarians of the party, a coalition of the National Party Suriname (NPS) and the Hindustani party VHP, did not attend the extraordinary meeting of DNA that was held today to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Suriname’s Independence Day. Even Vice Chairlady Ruth Wijdenbosch from the NPS stayed away from the DNA building at Waterkant in Paramaribo.
GFC Nieuws reports that the opposition boycotted the extraordinary meeting, in protest of how matters it requests hearings about are treated. New Front therefore rolled out its own Srefidensi (Independence Day) activities.
As of the election of May 25th 2010 the New Front of former President Ronald Venetiaan which has 14 of the 51 seats in the National Assembly, has been relegated to the opposition, together with the Democracy in Development and Unity (DOE) party, which has one seat. The coalition is formed by the Mega Combination of President Desi Bouterse (23 seats), the A-Combination (7 seats) and the People’s Alliance (6 seats).