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Letter: What happened to the Daniel Decree and the 'Special Committee'?
Published on December 3, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

If the PM's new "Task Force" sounds familiar, here's why...

The Guardian March 2, 2011:
The PM said she believed Daniel’s death was “a rallying call to our nation, it’s a shared moment of collective grief, it holds the potential for becoming a national resolve to participate in a process from which there must be a positive outcome.”

She said she intended to establish the Daniel Decree, “a social agenda” involving all NGOs, the police, the army and Government and the private sector in a partnership to tackle “issues of crime and child neglect and abuse in the myriad forms.” The PM said the Daniel Decree was also an educational programme “through which the public will target specific groups such as children to learn how to better secure and protect themselves and their environments.” She said committee led by Trade and Industry Minister Stephen Cadiz and People and Social Development Minister Glenn Ramadharsingh will be established to implement the Daniel Decree.

Express March 2, 2011:
"Daniel, in your name, I proclaim, not as Prime Minister, but as a mother and grandmother, the Daniel Decree; a simple but powerful intention shared by the large majority of our nation's good, loving, law-abiding and decent citizens to actively join in a national movement to effect a permanent social change in Trinidad and Tobago". "The Daniel Decree is a dedication to defend our nation's children in your memory and others like you who have been so cruelly taken from us," she said.

Newsday September 22, 2013:
More than two years after it was established to deal with violence against children, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s much-touted “Daniel Decree” initiative is yet to begin in earnest, Transport Minister Stephen Cadiz said yesterday.

“That has not gone too far. I will have to find out about it. It is sad that we have let that fall by the wayside,” he told Sunday Newsday in a brief telephone interview. “I guess with the changing of the ministries, one or two things may have fallen by the wayside.”

Cadiz, during his stint as Trade Minister, was one of two Cabinet ministers Persad-Bissessar had assigned to the initiative in February 2011, following the gruesome death of schoolboy Daniel Guerra. The other was Minister of the People and Social Development Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh.

Dr Amery Browne
Member of Parliament for Diego Martin Central
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