Curacao gets Children's Ombudsman

WILLEMSTAD - The bill to introduce a children's ombudsman in Curacao was approved by a majority in parliament yesterday. The bill was submitted last year and will result in the establishment of an independent body that stands up for the rights of the child.

Several reports have been submitted in recent years to emphasize the importance of an Ombudsman for Children. Member of Parliament Elsa Rozendal of coalition party MAN has campaigned for this law from the start and is pleased with this news that Curacao finally has a “protégé” who stands up for the best interests of the child.

Rozendal: “The Ombudsman for Children must ensure that the government continues to guarantee the rights of our children. Curacao has taken an important step forward in terms of compliance with the International Convention on the Rights of the Child.”

The Parliamentary Assembly was also attended by Prime Minister Ruggenaath. “As I have said before, our children unite us. That is why we have a duty to care for and protect our children, as they are the future of our country."

"Today is World Children's Day and this is a great milestone for parliament, for Curacao and especially for the children and young people. I am grateful to be part of this historic moment," said Rhuggenaath.

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