[www.inewsguyana.com] – Ambassador Robert Kopecký, Head of Delegation of the European Union in Guyana, today underscored the EU’s commitment to help in eradicating child abuse in Guyana. Ambassador Kopecký was at the time delivering remarks at the ChildLink Partnership Review held at the Cara Lodge in Georgetown on Thursday, April 10.
The Partnership Review is aimed at assessing the impact of the various ChildLink programmes in Guyana, and also to highlight the lessons learnt and challenges encountered in implementation.
The European Union has been a partner of ChildLinK since 2010 and channels its support to the NGO via the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights [EIDHR] which has as its main objective the strengthening of the role of civil society in promoting human rights.
To this end the EU has published regular Calls for Proposals in Guyana since 2010, and to date has awarded contracts totalling G$432M to Guyanese civil society organisations.
Three grant contracts to ChildLinK totalling G$103M have been approved to partly fund interventions aimed at providing security and protection from violence to children in Guyana.
Ambassador Kopecký in his remarks commended ChildLinK for their continued commitment to the elimination of child abuse and for becoming one of the important actors in Guyana in the fight against child abuse. Ambassador Kopecký also echoed the recent statement by Attorney General Anil Nandlall, that, ”no convictions for sex crimes in two years suggests a revision of the jury system being long overdue,” adding that he welcomed the Attorney General’s open words on this sensitive subject.