Together for Child Rights – Initiatives Call for More Commitment, Minister of Justice Promises “As Much Everyday Life and Freedom as Possible”

Berlin. On the occasion of World Children’s Day, Tuesday, various associations are calling for an improvement in the conditions of children and young people in difficult circumstances. Terre des Hommes, an international children’s charity, is calling on the federal government to quickly implement the improvements announced in the coalition agreement to reunite refugee families. “We expect the federal government to give high priority to its promises to fulfill the fundamental right to family life for refugees,” Terre des Hommes spokesman Pete Wehrle said Monday in Osnabrück.

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According to current legal practices, unaccompanied minor refugees can join them, but not their siblings. Whirl said this form of family separation presents a strong psychological burden on many children and young adults, which can have negative consequences for their further development.

Both international law and the Basic Law obligate Germany to protect the right to the family and to prioritize the best interests of the child. In German family law, the relationship between siblings is already subject to special legal protection. It can no longer be accepted that this does not apply to the siblings of unaccompanied minor refugees.

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“Your social status is the fate of children and youth.”

Meanwhile, Paritätische in Lower Saxony pointed to the massive threat of poverty to children and youth in Lower Saxony. The permanent abandonment and exclusion from social participation of every fifth child in the state is a sad reality. According to the information, about 21 percent of about 1.35 million children and young people in Lower Saxony alone are already at risk of poverty. The current crisis raises cause for fear that this number will rise significantly in the coming months.

“Children should go through the fall and winter with as much peace of mind as possible. Especially in these difficult times, children need as much daily life and freedom as possible.”

Marco Buschmann (FDP),

Federal Minister of Justice

The Parity Association and the German Child Protection Association therefore called on politicians to take active steps, regardless of the upcoming elections, to support children affected by poverty and prevent other families from sliding into poverty. “Their social status is the fate of children and young people,” explained Christine Tack, head of parity in Lower Saxony. “Only with age can they gradually change their position in the short and medium term.”

According to Tack, conditions in a parent’s home have a lasting impact on school and educational success as well as on mental and physical health. And with it, life prospects: only 2 percent of children who grew up in poverty later lived a life free from social hardship.

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The Federal Department of Justice tweeted: “Democratic politics must be measured by children’s welfare.” And for the new coronavirus-related restrictions for children and young adults, Department Head Marco Buschmann (FDP) said: “There will be no school closures. Children should go through the fall and winter with as much peace of mind as possible. Especially in these difficult times, children need as much as possible Everyday life and freedom.

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International Children’s Day is all about children’s rights

What should the world look like in the future? How can you improve for children? In the chalk drawing campaign, children are taking over the streets, which is one of the many campaigns on this year’s International Children’s Day and should be drawn in chalk images.

Universal Children’s Day is celebrated on Tuesday in various places in Germany. For example in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin. This year’s theme is: Together for Children’s Rights.

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Because International Children’s Day draws attention to children’s rights. This also includes the right to quality care, for example with food or in case of illness. But there are too many children in the world living in poverty, hunger or war. Some children have to leave their homes, while others have to work hard from an early age.

According to the Children’s Charitable Society, children don’t get much interest in politics. They should have more to say. Kids’ wishes should also be made clear with this Tuesday’s chalk drawing campaign.

RND / tdi / dpa / epd

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