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Statement by the National Child Protection Authority and the Human Right’s Commission on the Kuliyapitiya Debacle

8 March 2016 Posted by No Comment

NCPA/IMU/NEWS/2016/05(S)

NEWS RELEASE

The Human Rights Commission and National Child Protection Authority have considered the right to education of the 5 year old child who has applied for admission to the Sambodhi Primary School at Ilukhena in Kuliyapitiya and urgently call the attention of relevant authorities and members of the general public to the following matters:

  1. It is the clear duty of the Government to recognize the right to education of the 5 year old child who applied for admission to the Sambodhi Primary School at Illukhena in Kuliyapitiya and allocate a school based on the wishes of his guardian. In taking this action the health status of the parents of this boy is absolutely irrelevant.
  1. The Human Rights Commission and National Child Protection Authority would like to jointly reiterate that no question has arisen about the proper care and custody of this child.
  1. The society must view the best interests of this child through the strong relationship that this child has formed with his mother. If the mother needs any assistance to improve the care of the child then society and Government must provide that. Placing a child in an institution is not the first option in such a case but the very last resort.
  1. The health status of the mother must be viewed as a personal matter which therefore requires the sensitivity of all parties concerned. Just as our own medical records are confidential – so are hers. According to the National HIV AIDS Policy it is the solemn duty of all political leaders, Government officials and media institutions to respect this confidentiality and honour the privacy of the child and his family.
  1. Finally the current scientific knowledge on HIV is that it is a chronic and manageable condition and no longer a terminal and dangerous disease.

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