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Prevalence, Abuse & Exploitation of Street Children

In the early years of the 21st Century                                      

Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua has a relatively high GDP per capita in comparison to most other Caribbean nations. The economy experienced solid growth from 2003 to 2007, reaching over 12% in 2006 driven by a construction boom in hotels and housing associated with the Cricket World Cup. Growth dropped off in 2008 with the end of the boom. Tourism continues to dominate the economy, accounting for nearly 60% of GDP and 40% of investment. The dual-island nation's agricultural production is focused on the domestic market and constrained by a limited water supply and a labor shortage stemming from the lure of higher wages in tourism and construction.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

Description: Antigua&Barbuda

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Human Rights Reports » 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, February 25, 2009

[accessed 19 January 2011]

CHILDREN - While the government repeatedly expressed its commitment to children's rights, in practice its efforts to protect those rights were limited. Schools faced many shortages, and parents typically provided desks, chairs, and uniforms, and often purchased books.

Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 3 November 2004

[accessed 24 February 2011]

57. The Committee welcomes the decision by the Board of Education to award scholarships and bursaries to children and the Board’s Textbook Assistance Scheme, which provides children, free of cost, with all the textbooks used in school at the primary and secondary levels. It welcomes the provision of free uniforms as of September 2004 in both primary and secondary schools, and the plan to introduce free meals in primary schools. It also notes with appreciation that education is free at all levels of the public school system until the age of 16. However, it remains concerned about a variety of problems, including: shortage of schools and overcrowding; material shortages in schools; equality of access to education; drop-out of boys. The Committee is also concerned that, owing to the entrance examination system, not all students are guaranteed entry into the free public secondary schools.

60. The Committee notes with appreciation the State party’s ratification in September 2002 of the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182). The Committee expresses concern, however, about the atmosphere of complacency, which may reduce efforts to prevent and eliminate child labour

Committee On Rights Of Child Concludes Thirty-Seventh Session

Press Release HR/4796, UN Information Service, Geneva, 1 October 2004

[accessed 7 Aug  2013]

And with regards to the report of Antigua and Barbuda, the Committee welcomed the information that the State party had raised the age of majority from 16 to 18 and the establishment of the National Committee on the Rights of the Child in 2000 to facilitate the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  The Committee, aware of the economic difficulties facing the State party, was nevertheless concerned at the lack of sufficient budget allocation for children and the implementation of their rights.  It was concerned that corporal punishment was still widely practised in the family, in schools and in other institutions and recommended that the State party consider immediate repeal of, or amendment to, the Corporal Punishment Act and the Education Act.

The Committee was seriously concerned that no safe houses or places of alternative care existed for boys who suffered from parental neglect or who needed to be removed from their family environment, and that they were generally placed in the facility for boys in conflict with the law.  It was further concerned that there were no officially designated places of safety for children victims of abuse, where they could stay until their cases were heard by a magistrate and that in practice, children were usually held at the police station, which raised serious alarm.  The Committee therefore recommended that the State party take the necessary measures to prevent child abuse and neglect.

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