Tanna chief defends compensation children custom | Pacific Beat

Tanna chief defends compensation children custom

Tanna chief defends compensation children custom

Updated 11 December 2013, 9:42 AEDT

Vanuatu's Supreme Court has condemned a traditional practise on Tanna Island where children can be used as compensation payment for the death of another child.

The reason given for the practice is tribal harmony but the court has declared it in contravention to Vanuatu's Constitution and the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child.

The President of the Tanna Council of Chiefs, Chief Freeman Sawaram, says custom law remains strong on Tanna.

Presenter:Bethany Keats

Speaker:Chief Freeman Sawaram, president, Tanna Council of Chiefs, Vanuatu

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