Caricom Today|The connection of crime and violence to drugs, legal and illegal; the need for “restorative justice” and understanding the dynamics at the community level to ensure targeted interventions, formed part of the discussions at the Regional Forum on Youth Crime and Violence now underway in Georgetown, Guyana.
The discussions were held during the Session on Youth Gangs and Violence which was co-moderated by St. Kitts and Nevis Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Youth, Hon Shawn Richards, and CARICOM Youth Ambassador and Vice Dean for Regional Initiatives, Tarun Butcher.
Among the take-home messages were that new methods and strategies were needed for youth programmes, and that faith-based organisations should play a more active role in the Community.
The need for restorative justice was a major message of the Session, in which by Guyana’s Acting Chief Justice, Justice Yonette Cummings, and Guyana’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Seelall Persaud, participated.
The two-day Forum at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre is an outcome of the CARICOM/Spain Reducing Youth on Youth Violence programme, now being piloted in five Member States. The Forum wraps up this evening and its recommendations will be considered at the Twenty-ninth meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development on Youth and Culture which takes place on 3-4 March 2016, in Georgetown, Guyana.