Child Rights Commission establishes investigative arm; hands over annual report to Speaker

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Chairperson of the Commission, Aleema Nasir hands over the report to Speaker Trotman. [iNews Photo]
Chairperson of the Commission, Aleema Nasir hands over the report to Speaker Trotman. [iNews Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com]The Rights of the Child Commission (RCC) has established an investigative department, dealing with complaints received from members of the public.

This is according to Chairperson of the Commission, Aleema Nasir, as she handed over the 2011 annual report to Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman on Tuesday, December 3.

Nasir told members of the media that the investigative arm was established some two months ago; however she was not at liberty to say how many complaints have been received thus far.

She did explain that the complaints which require the involvement of the police are forwarded to the relevant authorities for their attention.

Nasir also lamented the small amount of money which was allocated to the Commission in 2011, limiting their work. A total of $15 million was given to the RCC in 2011, while $17 million was allocated in 2012.

“The Commission wishes to emphasize the need for additional resources and encourage every adult to reflect on his/her own childhood and make every effort to provide the necessary resources and support to facilitate and provide a better future for every child in Guyana,” the Chairperson said.

She added that despite the constraints and challenges encountered, the Commission was able to satisfactorily complete its revised work program.

Meanwhile, Speaker Trotman gave his commitment for the report to be a part of the House and perhaps taken before a Special Select Committee. Trotman is of the view that the work of the Commission goes unrecognized.

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