RESOLUTION ON "PUNISHMENT BEATINGS" PASSED BY
THE CHILDREN OF IRELAND GROUP, INC.
Whereas, The Children of Ireland Group, Inc., is a non-sectarian, non-religious affiliated organization interested in the welfare of children in Ireland, especially, Northern Ireland on both sides of the conflict;
Whereas, The Children of Ireland Group, Inc., has performed extensive research spanning the last several years and finds that an inordinate amount of suicides, drug-overdoses, and severe trauma commonly known as "post traumatic stress disorder" exists among children and young adults on both sides of the conflict compared to population sizes;
Whereas, The Children of Ireland Group, Inc., finds acts known as "punishment beatings" of "marginalized youth", performed on both sides of the conflict, are reprehensible, demeaning, and barbaric;
Whereas, The Children of Ireland Group, Inc., finds that an unusually large number of children and young adults, their families, and others either directly or indirectly affected are being treated for punishment beatings in inadequately staffed, provisioned, and number of trauma centres;
Whereas, The Children of Ireland Group, Inc., understands that various groups, local organizations, and political parties believe the current national policing organization is ineffective and/or untrustworthy when especially dealing with "social misconduct" in local neighborhoods, thus, the need to take justice "in their own hands" at times for the overall good of their communities;
Whereas, The Children of Ireland Group, Inc., has concluded that punishment beatings may be a direct or indirect cause of a good number of suicides and drug overdoses among children and young adults but most assuredly are the cause for the large number of post traumatic stress disorder treatments in trauma centres;
Whereas, public opinion is now at an all-time high against punishment beatings of "marginalized youth";
Now, therefore, The Children of Ireland Group, Inc., implores and beseeches each political party, paramilitary organization, and other groups in Northern Ireland to re-consider the profound negative effect that punishment beatings have on children and young adults and their own causes within their communities, Northern Ireland as a whole, and worldwide opinion, and humbly asks each to consider other constructive and positive alternatives that would be more effective in dealing with "anti-social" behavior, and to persuade appropriate parties to work together toward these alternative programs;
The Children of Ireland Group, Inc. asks all concerned parties to immediately approve and implement additional resources to existing trauma centres and provide the means to create additional ones for treating punishment beating victims, their families, and others affected directly or indirectly;
The Children of Ireland Group, Inc. asks all political parties to immediately move forward with all recommendations made in the Patton Report for reform of the national police service as promised in the Good Friday Agreement;
The Children of Ireland Group, Inc. asks that programs such as community justice centres, which work toward mediation of neighborhood conflicts, be fully supported and increased emphasis even made on providing additional support to these and similar neighborhood organizations on both sides of the conflict;
The Children of Ireland Group, Inc. urges that a fully representative national police service be implemented which would have widespread community support and trusted; thus, alleviate the need for neighborhoods to self-administer problems with "marginalized youth" and other forms of misconduct.
This resolution passed by The Children of Ireland Groupís, Inc. Board of Directors on behalf of itís international membership, this 13th day of June, 2000.
J. Terry Ryan, President Ė
The Children of Ireland Group, Inc.