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

Jelena, 9 years old

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

Marina, 15 year old

I have the right and obligation to go to school

Marko, 10 years old

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

Milan, 6 years old

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

Jovana, 16 year old

The National Assembly of Republic of Srpska adopted the Annual Report of the Ombudsman for Children of Republic of Srpska for year 2012.

By the Report, in accordance with the standards of the Institutions of Ombudsmen for Children, not only statistics are provided, but the same points to those parts of the system that needs to be strengthened in order to protect the rights and interests of children.

In 2012, the Institution has acted in 601 cases - 503 are cases on complaint, 426 are received complaints, 38 ex officio complaints, and 39 transferred from the previous year. If we bear in mind that the Institution in 2010. acted in 258 cases and in 2012. in 601 cases that clearly shows the increase.

Complainant is usually one of the parents, but the number of children who address the Institution is also significantly increased.

The largest number of complaints is related to violation of personal rights of children, 43.3%, than the right to education, 19.8%, and therefore complaints are most often related to treatment of social welfare centers and educational institutions.

Of personal rights of the child most of complaints are related to regulation of contact of a child with a parent with whom the child does not live and close relatives 39.3% and protection from neglect, violence and abuse 32.3%.

At that, children under 10 years of age are most exposed to situations that lead to violation of their rights - 38% and boys are somewhat more exposed to violations of the rights than girls.

The significant increase in the number of complaints is primarily greater visibility and confidence in the Institution, but also an increasing willingness and openness of governmental and non-governmental sector to speak openly about numerous issues of children’s growing up.