At the press held in Amsterdam on 25 January, 2016, the representatives of the European Network of Ombudsperson for Children (ENOC), Mr Marc Dullaert, Ombudsman for Children from The Netherlands and Frederik Malmberg, Ombudsman for Children from Sweden, presented the special report on the situation of the children on move. The Institution of the Ombudsman for Children of the Republic of Srpska have been the member of the ENOC since 2009.
The report was prepared by the special task force established at the annual ENOC Conference held in September 2015. Besides the Report, the ENOC Open Letter to the leadership of the European Union was presented. The Open Letter invites the leaders of the EU to prioritize the issue of the children on the move.
The ENOC representatives pointed out that the children on the move, or the refugees, are the children before anything else and they should be treated as children. The principles to be respected in dealing with children, before all others, are those from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which clearly state that children should not be discriminated; that all activities that involve children should be undertaken in the best interest of children respecting their rights to life, survival and develop and the right of the children to express their views freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child.
Ombudspersons who are members of the European Network of the Commissionaires and Ombudspersons for Children emphasized at today's press conference, the necessity to respect the rights and views of the children in development of all policies that deal with the matters affecting the child.
The text of the Task Force Report of the ENOC and the Open Letter to the EU leaders could be find at http://enoc.eu/?p=1419