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Kosovo: Rights of children are not respected

Kosovo: Rights of children are not respected
Representatives of NGOs and the Ombudsman say that the rights of children in Kosovo are not being respected as much as they should do, although it is said that progress has been made in several aspects in the recent years.

Coalition of NGOs for the Protection of Children (KOMF) says that the latest data from the Kosovo Agency of Statistics indicate that the situation with the rights of children in Kosovo is not satisfactory.

According to them, over 60% of children in Kosovo up to the age of 14 have suffered psychological and physical violence, over 10% of children have been involved in hard work, while 7% of them work in difficult conditions.

Donjeta Kelmendi, head of the Coalition for the Protection of Children says that children in Kosovo do not enjoy their rights, which are guaranteed by the United Nation Treaty for the Rights of Children.

“Numbers speak by themselves and these statistics show that the situation with the rights of children in Kosovo is not good. Besides physical  and psychological violence that children in Kosovo suffer, the situation with their healthcare and education is also poor”.

Kosovo continues not to have a law which protects children. Since 2013, institutions of Kosovo have started to draft such bill, which is still underway. /balkaneu.com/

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