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Sweden "in breach" of Children's Convention

Published onsdag 4 februari 2015 kl 18.21
Minister for Children Åsa Regnér in New York to celebrate the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child in November 2014. Photo: Linus Sundahl-Djerf / TT
Minister for Children Åsa Regnér in New York to celebrate the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child in November 2014. Photo: Linus Sundahl-Djerf / TT

Sweden is criticised by a UN committee for not following the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Reforms are necessary to ensure that the children's perspective are taken into account by a wide range of authorities, newsagency TT reports.

At the moment, Swedish law does not require that children are heard as part of the asylum process. But this is not ok, according to the UN Committee for the Rights of the Child.

"In asylum cases where the children are not heard, Sweden is in breach with the convention of the Rights of the Child," says Christina Heilborn, of Unicef Sweden.

She tells TT that the criticism is harsher than she had expected.

Pernilla Baralt is the secretary of state with the Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender equality. She represented Sweden during the UN committee's hearing. She declines to comment in detail the report, which was presented on Wednesday. But she tells TT that the government will invite different organisations working with children's rights to discuss the criticism and that an inquiry how to best spread the knowledge about children's rights.

"We do not think it works sufficiently well today. It is important not just to hear the child, but also to - as far as possible - follow what they say. Even if it says on a piece of paper that it is supposed to be like this, there is a lot that is necessary for this to happen in reality as well," she said.

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