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ERIC Number: ED458014
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 48
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-2-88477-007-0
Rights of the Child in Guatemala.
Fernandez, Silvia Rodriguez
This report to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child contains observations of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) concerning the application of the Convention by Guatemala. The report's introductory summary asserts that the end of armed conflict in Guatemala and the establishment of a peace process coupled with other government regulations has led to conditions in which it may be possible to strengthen legal instruments for protecting human rights and improve living conditions for Guatemalan children. The report presents observations and recommendations in the following areas: (1) definition of a child; (2) child prostitution and child trafficking; (3) torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment; (4) street children; and (5) children in conflict with the law. The report's conclusion maintains that although Guatemala has made efforts to protect children's rights, those efforts are not as effective as they could have been had the entry into force of the Code on Children and Young People not been continually postponed. The OMCT expressed concern about the increase in the prostitution of girls and the lack of government effort to combat the trade as well as the high rate of illegal adoptions. The report concludes with a summary of observations and recommendations by the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child--Guatemala, in the following areas: civil rights and freedoms; family environment and alternative care; basic health and welfare; education, leisure, and cultural activities; special protection measures; and dissemination of documents from the reporting process. (Contains 54 footnotes.) (KB)
World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), P.O. Box 21-8, rue du Vieux-Billard, CH 1211 Geneva 8, Switzerland. Tel: +4122-809-49-39; Fax: +4122-809-49-29; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), Geneva (Switzerland).
Identifiers - Location: Guatemala
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child