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UNICEF condemns kidnappings of children in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, 21 December 2006 – UNICEF is alarmed by the increasing number of child kidnappings registered in the past few days in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince. “It is clear the children are directly targeted, and we condemn this violence with the utmost severity” declared once again Mr. Adriano Gonzalez-Regueral, UNICEF Representative in Haiti.

No child should feel fear when on the way to school, and no parent should have to be afraid of sending their children to school. UNICEF reiterates that kidnappings are grave violations of children’s rights and threaten to affect their wellbeing and long term development. Children, all children, suffer from the atmosphere of terror that has been generated by these violent acts, and UNICEF deplores the recent intensification of these acts.

In December 1994, Haiti ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which represents the basis for policies and programmes that benefit the development of the child. All political branches present within Government and Parliament signed a political agenda in February 2006, thereby committing themselves to defending children’s right to protection and placing the child at the center of the political agenda. UNICEF supports all actions within the Rule of Law that aim to bar violence that is centered on those who need to be protected by adults.

The future of a country can be built in a sure and durable manner when we invest in children and youth. This implies investing in their protection.

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About UNICEF
For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 156 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For further information, please contact:

Kate Donovan, UNICEF Media, NY:  1 212 326 7452, kdonovan@unicef.org


 

 

 

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