Terre Des Hommes International Federation program “€œDestination Unknown”€ gains momentum on September 28: The organization will present its recommendation on protective measures for children on the move at the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child Day of General Discussion.

Millions of children are on the move, within and beyond their country of origin, with or without their parents. Children have become an important part of large-scale population movements due to war, conflict, natural disasters, poor governance and socio-economic situations. For the children migration involves many chances, but also a greater risk of military recruitment or ending up abused, exploited or detained.

Terre Des Hommes proposes solutions

Therefore Terre des Hommes calls on States to bring to an end practices that it considers as violations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – namely detention and deportation of children based on their migration status. “€œWe advocate towards the authorities for safer migration opportunities”€ says Mirela Shuteriqi, Child Protection expert at Terre des Hommes. “€œWe advocate to make sure that the best interests of the child is the prevailing consideration in any decision taken. We continuously support stronger collaboration between countries of origin, transit and destination, so that the best solution can be found for any child on the move.”€ Thus Terre des Hommes demonstrates good practice in national and regional projects in West Africa, South-East Asia and Europe on how to bridge the gaps between the efforts of governments and Non-Governmental Organizations “€“ the efforts to put in place a more comprehensive protection system for children at home and on the move.

Furthermore, with the international programme “€œDestination Unknown”€ Terre des Hommes International Federation * (TDHIF) aims to improve protection for children on the move by raising awareness, advocacy and support to service provision. This programme is built on long term experience in field projects and in running thematic campaigns. “€œThe migrant children, trafficked children, street children, stateless children, refugee children, and internally displaced children: Each bear different purposes for leaving their homes, but all of them have needs to be fulfilled and rights to be protected”€ declares Ignacio Packer, Secretary General of the Terre Des Hommes International Federation.

Terre des Hommes presents protective measures in Geneva

On September 28 2012, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child Discussion Day with the main subject “€œThe rights of all children in the context of international migration”€ takes place in Geneva. Terre des Hommes seizes this opportunity to present its recommendations for the protection of children on the move.

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