Ahead of the June 1 implementation of the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Basil Williams yesterday hosted a meeting with the Consul General of the U.S Embassy, Jerome Epping Jr., along with key stakeholders from the Child Care and Protection Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Primarily, technical issues relating to the implementation of the convention were discussed and addressed.
In addressing this recently, the Attorney General Chambers stated, “the Conventions will provide a stronger framework for ease in doing business (Apostille Convention) and country-to country cooperation.”
It was further revealed that “the Conventions also ensure that Guyana increases its capacity (including administrative, procedural and legal) to deal with current and emerging child protection issues – for example on international adoption, child maintenance, and child abduction. These new frameworks will complement the provisions in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and two of the optional protocols which Guyana is already a party. The Government of Guyana is committed to ensuring the best interests of all children are upheld and children’s rights are prioritised,” the Chambers shared.