Social organizations keep pressing parliament and government on securing rights

POSTED: 02/16/12 1:32 PM

First Vice President of the Windward Island Chamber of Labor Unions Claire Elshot presents Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams with a copy of a petition from social organizations in the presence of President of the St. Maarten United Non-Governmental Organization Federation (Sunfed) Alberto Bute.

St. Maarten – Social organizations in St. Maarten have sent a letter to the four parliaments in the Kingdom of the Netherlands requesting that they discuss “Cooperation for the full realization of the economic, social and cultural rights, to guarantee all these rights without discrimination of any kind throughout the Kingdom” at June’s Inter-parliamentary Kingdom Consultation in the Hague. The proposal for this to happen was made by chairman of parliament’s permanent committee on Inter-parliamentary Affairs and Kingdom Relations Roy Marlin at the Ipko in St. Maarten based on a petition from the organizations. Parties agreed, based on a proposal from the Aruban delegation, that the request will be handled in the Ipko’s presidium before finding its way onto the agenda.
“We once more appeal to you and especially the presidium of the Ipko to include the proposed agenda point of the delegation of St. Maarten on the agenda of your next Ipko in The Hague,” the letter states.
The organizations expect both Marlin and President of Parliament drs Gracita Arrindell to “fight for the agenda point” because they believe the country needs “all the cooperation and maximum available resources in the Kingdom of the Netherlands for the full and equal realization of our right to health care, our health insurance system and our social provisions to come out of poverty.”

Government
The organizations also sent a letter to the Council of Ministers on Sunday requesting that they use their meeting with Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Liesbeth Spies to cooperate with the government of St. Maarten to realize the equal implementation of social economic and cultural rights in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, with the maximum of available resources in the Kingdom and to request Spies’ support for starting a discussion on these matters in the Kingdom Council of Ministers.
The February 12 letter is a follow up to a letter that was handed to Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Deputy Prime Minister Theo Heyliger on January 12. The follow-up is based on the fact that they have yet to hear that the discussion they requested the government to press for through the Minister Plenipotentiary had happened.

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