Posted: Friday, July 16, 2021. 11:05 am CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Office of the Special Envoy for the Development of Families & Children (the Office) and the National Commission for Families & Children (the Commission) said on Friday that they “are shocked and saddened by the senseless death of fourteen-year-old Laddie Gillett.”
“This abhorrent and unjustified act against Laddie for allegedly breaching curfew regulations is yet another reminder of the lack of protection for and consideration of our children,” said both the Office and the Commission in a statement.
“We cannot continue to stand by and be silent. Each of us has a fundamental obligation to protect our children.”
Both said the well-being of Belize’s children is ultimately the well-being of the entire nation, emphasizing that as a society and as a nation, Belizeans must fight “for their protection, for their future, and for them to grow and develop in nurturing healthy and safe environments.”
The Office and the Commission said they “strongly condemned this act” and called on Commissioner of Police Chester Williams “to conduct a full investigation into Laddie’s death as a matter of urgency and to ensure those responsible are held accountable for the actions.”
“No child should lose their life so tragically and no parent should have to experience such loss, particularly at the hands of those sworn to protect us, to protect our most vulnerable – our children. Every child in Belize has the right to safety and security.
The Office and the Commission also called on Belizean to ensure our children observe the present COVID-19 restrictions.
“While we understand the importance of play and socializing for our children’s health and wellbeing, we ask all parents and caregivers to ensure all our children are in compliance with state regulations and laws, especially during the pandemic. It is for all our safety. It is for all as safety,” said the statement.
The statement also said the Special Envoy, Rosanna Briceño, expressed her “deepest condolences and sincerest sympathies to the parents, family, and friends of Laddie at this difficult time.”
The Office of the Special Envoy for the Development of Families & Children and the National Commission for Families & Children both said they “will continue to work tirelessly to support the strengthening of our laws and institutions and to deepen our partnerships to ensure greater protection and safety of all our children throughout Belize and we call on every Belizean to join us in this fight.”
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