IBNA Special Report
Skopje, August 27, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti
Crime among teenagers in FYR Macedonia is rising. The number of teenagers involved in criminal acts, in the use of narcotic substances and other negative phenomena is seeing a rise compared to other years. According to the Authority of Statistics, in 2013, there has been a rise of 90% of children or teenagers involved in criminal offenses.
Such worrying figures have also been issued by the Care for Minors State Council. These phenomena have been presented in front of the parliamentary committee for relations among communities, where a more efficient intervention of state institutions has been demanded. The most alarming situation exists in the region of Veles and Skopje, where there has been a constant rise in negative phenomena.
Among the problems that relate to the rise of criminal elements among minors is the lack of accommodation and institutions that care for children without parents.
Mile Ginovski from the Care for Minors State Council told IBNA that a campaign has been launched in order to attract the attention, due to the rising number of teenagers involved in crime and other negative phenomena.
“Reports have been worrying and we have a massive expansion of negative phenomena. From last year until now, there have been 20 cases of minors depending on narcotic substances and these minors range from the age of 8 to the age of 12. We also have cases of arrested children for perpetrating different criminal offenses, such as theft and other offenses. I appeal to institutions to seriously engage in preventing these phenomena and the use of narcotic substances by children”, said Ginovski.
The Council has also started to talk with communes to establish special commissions which will follow up these phenomena and will inform law enforcement agencies. There will also be a request to build new accommodation centers, but also apply new rules in accommodating children in these centers.
MPs have backed the proposals of the Council, stressing that there must be a more active institutional intervention.
VMRO-DPMNE lawmaker, Silvana Boneva said that there must be action and a more serious approach against these activities. “We will request a more serious intervention by competent institutions such as the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Labor and Social Policies. We will demand extra conditions and inspections in foster care centers”, said Boneva. According to her, a positive proposal for the future will also be the presence of a police officer in schools, in order to prevent negative phenomena.
MPS also propose education programs through institutions and media, where parents and children will be informed on negative phenomena that destroy their life and the life of their families.
Situation with children rights in FYROM continues to be miserable. There is a large number of children without a home, without social or medical care and without adequate education. Over 2 thousand children wonder on the streets every day begging and not attending school. Recently, the offense which has been seen the most is the involvement of minors in robberies by criminal organized groups. These worrying data are issued by the Ministry of Interior. /ibna/