Status of Children Bill

The Bill for consideration the Status of Children Bill seeks to remove all discriminatory provisions in the law relating to a child born out of wedlock and ensure compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, (CRC) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, (CEDAW), to which Dominica is a party.

The CRC aptly sets out all rights to which a child is and should be entitled. Article 2 (1) of the CRC provides that - "States Parties shall respect and ensure the rights set forth in the present Convention to each child within their jurisdiction without discrimination of any kind, irrespective of the child's or his or her parent's or legal guardian's race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or other status."

The Convention therefore assumes no discrimination between a child born in or out of wedlock and there is no discrimination between the rights of parents in relation to such a child. It further supports the view that a child should have the right of contact with both parents, regardless of whether or not they are married or whether they are living together or apart.

Read the entire Status of Children Bill (PDF, 142 KB).

Posted: 09/10/2018

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