During a trip to the interior of the country on Saturday 06 of August 2017, the Prime Minister (PM) of Guinea-Bissau, Mr. Umaro Sissoco Embaló made a statement, in Creole, on the radio that he gave the order to his Minister of Interieur to incarcerate all talibé begging children on the streets of Guinea-Bissau and send them to the islands of Bolama. “I am Muslim and Fulani and know that this practice is not recommended in Islam. It is a shame that parents send their sons begging on the streets in the name of teaching Islam. Parents who have no means have to hand over their children to the state, “the PM said.
WAN coordination in Guinea Bissau, Associaçao dos Amigos da Criança , AMIC has reacted to these declarations in the national and international press, notably RDP Africa, the Portuguese Press Agency – Lusa, Deutsche Welle and the Voice of America. Condemning the detention order given by the Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau. “This PM order violates not only the national child protection system, but also the international instruments committed by the State of Guinea-Bissau, in particular the CRC, the African Charter on Rights and Welfare Of the Child and the ECOWAS Procedures, which responds to the needs of protecting the rights of vulnerable children on the move, “said Laudolino Medina, WAN-Guinea Bissau Coordinator.
AMIC is part of the National Human Rights Commission in Guinea-Bissau which held an urgent meeting and produced a press release deploying this order of detention of children given by the PM of Guinea-Bissau. The Human Rights Commission invited the PM to instruct its Minister for Women and Social Solidarity to work with human rights partners and organizations to find adequate and lasting solutions to this problem.
Download the press release in creole Comunicado de imprensa CNDH
Guinea Bissau: no to the incarceration of talibés children!!!