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Monday, October 31, 2005

GGR thanks public for Campaign support

Following its first public Petition event at the Piazza and ICC last Saturday, Equality Rights group GGR has issued a statement of thanks to the community.

“We were gratified to find that members of the public of all ages, political parties and walks of life expressed strong support and encouragement in our campaign for laws and a Sex Offenders Register to be introduced in Gibraltar in order to more effectively protect children from paedophilic crime. In the few hours of the Petition event – and taking into account that the main event of the day was the Freedom of the City Parade – almost 500 signatures were gathered and we wish to assure the public that with their clear encouragement and support this is just the very beginning of this campaign. We thank all those people also who have volunteered to take Petition forms to their places of work and obtain further signatures. We encourage others to do likewise and we are happy to provide all the blank forms necessary for us to make clear the strong feelings which are so evidently held on the subject by this community. GGR will continue with this work for however long it takes in order to achieve the changes this Community and our children deserves!”

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

GGR starts Sex Offenders Register petition campaign

Equality Rights group GGR has today announced the commencement of a community-wide petition campaign for the introduction of a Sex Offenders Register in Gibraltar.

“For two years we’ve been calling on Government to introduce a Register so as to ensure that anyone who offends sexually against children is registered. So far Government have done nothing about this. We ask again: does Government still not care? A Register of sex offenders is necessary so that abusers of children can be kept in view by the authorities and as a further deterrent. This is an important step forward in the fight against such abuse and we see no reasonable excuse for Government either to delay or to avoid the introduction of such a Register along UK lines. In fact, we consider it an important tool in helping the Police who are already doing an excellent job in assisting in these cases within their limited means,” Annette Vallejo, Abuse Issues Coordinator for the group (photo), stated.

“This community must not tolerate the abuse of children whether sexually or otherwise under any guise or form and Government must put measures of this sort in place in order to protect children. GGR is confident that the ordinary people of Gibraltar fully back this initiative! We now invite any persons, political parties or groups who are in agreement with these demands to not hesitate in making public statements in this respect and/or who wish to help with the Petition to join these efforts since the only aim is to make sure the right laws and structures are in place to achieve the objective of safety for our kids!”