Refugee children crossing European borders are not being treated in line with international conventions. This is the message Sendrine Constant gave to Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament at a meeting in Brussels this week, as part of a delegation of CONCORD (the European NGO confederation for relief and development).
Terre des Hommes delivered the following demands:
- Children’s rights must to be respected – as laid out in the International Convention of the Rights of the Child, the Refugee Convention and other international human rights law. States must refrain from detaining children as well as from any other act of violence against them.
- All protection and assistance measures undertaken should be developed and implemented in partnership with civil society organizations. Moreover, their contribution in monitoring and ensuring accountability for the rule of law should be respected.
- The European Union and all countries concerned should condemn any form of xenophobia against children.
Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, Terre des Hommes has focused its efforts on supporting refugees in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt. Our projects there include immediate emergency aid for newly arrived refugees and child protection programmes – based on a child’s fundamental rights to eat healthily, receive medical care and education, and to be supported psychologically and emotionally.
We are also active in Europe – in ltaly where we support the FARO project of our sister organization, Terre des hommes ltaly –, as well as in Greece, Serbia and Hungary, where we collaborate with local NGOs.