CHILDREN SAID

Happy is the Child with the family who love, advice and support them.

Marina, 15 year old

True family should, from the our earliest period, teach us how to love and respect.

Jovana, 16 year old

I have the right and obligation to go to school

Marko, 10 years old

I have the right to live and play, and it must be heard by everyone.

Jelena, 9 years old

I have the right to be protected and no one can abuse me.

Milan, 6 years old

The Ombudsman for Children of Republic of Srpska is included in the consultation process in passing new Council of Europe recommendations related to the right of children and youth to participation.

The right of a child to participation, or the right to express its own opinions and participation in any proceedings concerning him, is one of the basic principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, whose importance and significance are still not adequately recognized neither normatively nor really. Opinion that the child has the right freely to express should be taken in accordance with his age and his ability to do so. The Convention imposes no restrictions related to the age of a child, his health and similar. The Convention establishes the right that should be enabled to it.

Bearing in mind the necessity of ensuring the effective implementation of existing binding European and international instruments for the protection of the rights of children, and starting from the fact that the right of a child to be heard and taken seriously is basis for human dignity and every child's healthy development, the Council of Europe has drafted Recommendation on child and youth participation and called for consultations Ombudsmen for Children and Non-Governmental organizations working with children and youth.

The Ombudsman for Children of Republic of Srpska has conducted research with the topic "Child friendly justice" and submitted the opinion of children from Republic of Srpska to the Council of Europe, since the questionnaire in which the children responded and expressed their opinions on numerous issues of exercising the right to participation of children.

The data obtained by research on the participation of children and youth in procedures that concern them have confirmed the Young Advisors of the Ombudsman for Children at the workshop held on April 8-9. 2011. On that occasion one of the priorities on which the young advisers insisted was exactly the right of children that their opinion is heard and seriously considered. In this regard, they proposed to the Ombudsman for Children to, among others, require from the line ministry that the problems of school discipline are given due attention, and to, urgently, all schools in cooperation with students and parents clearly defined rules of conduct that binds all in educational process.

Young Advisors of the Ombudsman for Children of Republic of Srpska took part in Council of Europe research, "Child friendly health care".