ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, CMC – The Grenada National Coalition on the Rights of the Child says it will stage a protest later this month to highlight injustice in the country.
The event is scheduled for May 21 and a statement from the organisers has listed a number of concerns it wants the Tillman Thomas government to address.
These include an end to the incarceration of juveniles at Richmond Hill prison in violation of Article 37 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child as well as Section 31 of the Grenada Prison Act 1980.
The Coalition said also that lenient sentences were being handed down to perpetrators of sexual crimes against children, while juveniles are being sent to prison.
It refers to a 16 year-old who was sent to prison because she kept on running away from her home.
The Coalition says these decisions are contrary to the ethos underpinning the Child Protection and Adoption Act and is calling for adequate facility for juvenile offenders, an end to injustice in the court system, as well as the enactment of the Juvenile Justice and Mental Health bill.