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Following the fire which ravaged the homes of several families on Praslin recently, the LDS supporters and activists joined other Seychellois in bringing relief aid to the victims. A consignment of clothing, food items, furniture and other accessories was loaded for Praslin on Tuesday this week which will be distributed to those affected through the elected representative for Grand Anse Praslin, Hon. Wavel Woodcock. The party leader, Mr Roger Mancienne has expressed his appreciation to all who demonstrated their solidarity during this hour of need.

LDS Presidential Candidate Wavel Ramkalawan presented a donation of SR60,000 to the Nurses Association.

The contribution was a collection from LDS Members of the National Assembly, representing 10% of their monthly salary, with some additional contributions made to them from the public. 

The MNAs have pledged to make a similar donation to different organisations for 3 months. 

Rosie Bistoquet, chairperson of the Association, received the donation at the association's office at Mont Fleuri. 

As our nation continues to examine the implications of the recent cases, LDS joins its voice to others in our society in denouncing the abuse of minors and in particular to condemn those convicted for this on their own plea of guilt. Our nation cannot accept that our children should be preyed upon or exploited for any reason, first and foremost  for the sexual pleasure of adults. Children should be protected and guided in these early years of life. We stand by those who have been victims and pray that through counselling they will emerge as strong citizens. 

We commend the work of the institutions and persons who have brought the recent cases to justice, namely the Police, the Attoney-General’s Office,  the organisations for protection of children and the Judiciary. We express our support for the work to continue but at the same time we recognise that much more must be done to establish a clear way forward to ensure that we can prevent any case of the sort in the future. 

LDS calls on all our national institutions to make it an urgent priority to develop and implement a concrete program of action to prevent sexual abuse of minors in our country. 

In line with this, LDS commits itself through its majority in the Assembly to make it an urgent priority to bring this subject to the fore. It will consider as a priority any piece of legislation that seeks to protect our children and prevent abuse. As we have done in the past, we take our contribution in this situation seriously. We call on the Government to bring the necessary legislative amendments as soon as the National Assembly resumes in May.  The LDS will use the means at its disposal to request, promote and support a concerted effort to deliver on a commitment to this cause. 

Without suggesting that we have the answers to such a complex problem, we wish to propose  an examination of certain relevant issues which have been brought to light through the recent cases.

1. Our laws regarding the use of the internet and social media must be examined to make changes to prevent their exploitation for illegal or anti-social purposes. The police and other agencies concerned need to develop the capacity to better identify any use with criminal or harmful intent. We call on greater collaboration with international organisations engaged in this fight to ensure that the internet is not used as a tool for the exploitation of minors.

2. We need to seek and promote the concern of our whole nation on this cause, and to develop a national engagement towards a society that is always safe and secure for our children.

Our social institutions, in particular the family and educational system, need to develop better strategies  and awareness and prevention programs. 

3. Certain aspects in the way in which such cases are handled, in particular the justification for non-disclosure of the names of perpetrators, need to be re-examined to carefully assess their impact on the prevention of sexual predation and protection of children.

4. The Government institution primarily responsible for this area, the Ministry of Family Affairs, should immediately take up the task of  bringing together the relevant organisations  to establish a clear way forward and to co-ordinate the national effort in this cause .

LDS re-affirms its own commitment and readiness to support all efforts  by our national institutions. 

Roger Mancienne          April 22, 2020

LDS Secretariat

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