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‘Substantial steps made in securing the rights of children’

Child Commissioner Leda Koursoumba on Thursday handed over the 2018 report of her office to President Nicos Anastasiades

The report mentions issues related to education, social benefits, health issues and issues for children with disabilities.

Speaking during the handover, Koursoumba said this year is a special year. “It is the last report I will give to you since my term ends in September, having served two terms which is the maximum allowed by law.

“When I took over in 2007, it was my vision that it should become a reality for every child in Cyprus to enjoy its rights. Today, with conviction, I can say that we have made substantial steps in this direction.”

State and society have raised the issue of children’s rights in the public debate, she added.

Very important laws regarding family law recently tabled in Parliament were the result of an effort to safeguard the rights of the child and are based on consultations with the commissioner.

“I cannot fail to mention the law that went to the House to reform the criminal law for minors. This was my vision since 2012, finally to change the system, to introduce legislation aiming at the management of minors on the basis of international standards for all children who have problems with the law,” Koursoumba noted before thanking the government for giving her the opportunity to serve as child commissioner.

“The rights of the child, like every aspect of human rights, is a path that does not end. We are, however, on track. But we have a long way to go about making children’s rights without discrimination a reality,” she concluded.

 

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