Statement by UNICEF Belize on Minors Consuming Drug-Laced Candy
UNICEF Belize lends its voice and joins the call of the National Commission for Families and Children to condemn in the strongest sense, the recent incidents of drug-laced candy being distributed to children at St. Luke’s Methodist School in Belize City.
This is deeply concerning as it has serious implications on the fundamental rights of children to health, safety, mental and psychological well-being, as enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the National Agenda for Children 2030.
Belize is fortunate to have a young population of children and adolescents who are a great resource for the country now and in the future. Their needs aspirations and well-being must be a priority at all times and under all circumstances. As such, schools and communities must continue to remain as safe spaces for children and adolescents to learn and grow.
UNICEF, therefore, reiterates the call on relevant authorities to investigate this matter thoroughly and to bring those responsible to justice.
UNICEF has been a strong partner with the National Commission for Families and Children and the Government of Belize in ensuring the survival, development and protection of children. We, therefore, use this opportunity to reaffirm our continued commitment and partnership in safeguarding the best interest of children.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.