Coalition of NGOs for Child Protection in Kosovo – KOMF, representing twenty-nine non-governmental organizations working in the field of child rights, through a press release, on 1st June, the International Children’s Day calls toward Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo to adopt as soon as possible the Draft Law on Child Protection.
The Draft Law on Child Protection has been initiated for years and has not been approved by the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo.
KOMF declares that the situation of children in Kosovo is severe. The latest data show a 20.7% poverty rate of children. 10.7% of children in Kosovo are involved in work, while 6.8% of them work in hazardous conditions. 61.4% of children in Kosovo reported having experienced physical or psychological violence during the last month of interviewing when research was conducted. Only 10% of children with disabilities have access to quality health, social services and education.
Reports from governmental and nongovernmental institutions speak about increasing child involvement in behaviors that are in conflict with the law, including violence, the consequences of which in some cases have been fatal for the children themselves.
Based on the difficult situation of children in Kosovo, KOMF calls toward the Assembly of Republic of Kosovo to prioritize and adopt the Draft Law on Child Protection.
The Draft Law on Child Protection aims to protect children from all forms of violence, abuse, exploitation, neglect or any other form that endangers the life, safety, health, education and development of the child. The draft law aims to guarantee and ensure the responsibilities of parents, family, guardianship authority, society and the state in protection and development of the child based on the best interest of the child as well as the establishment of the integrated and functional child protection system, for prevention and responding effectively to all forms of violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect.
KOMF members organizations:
Asociacioni për Trajnime Sociale, Hulumtime dhe Avokim – ASTRA, Aksioni për Nëna dhe Fëmijë, Balkan Sunflowers Kosova, Childproof/CIPOF, Education Comes First – ECF, Iniciativa 6, Organizata Rinore Akti – ORA, Organizata për Fëmijët pa Kujdes Prindëror – OFAP, OPFAKOS , Programi për të Drejtat civile – CRP/ K, PL4Y International, Qendra për Arsim e Kosovës – KEC, Qendra e Kujdesit Ditor PEMA, Qendra për Mbrojtjen e viktimave dhe Parandalimin e Trafikimit me Qenie Njerëzore – PVPT, Qendra për Studime te Avancuara – FIT, Qendra Kosovare për Rehabilitimin e të Mbijetuarve të Torturës QKRMT, Save the Children, SOS Fshatrat e Fëmijëve në Kosovë, Shpresa dhe Shtëpi për Fëmijët në Kosovë – SDSF, Shoqata e Të Drejtave Të Pacientëve në Kosovë – Prak Kosovë, Shoqata e Paraplegjikëve dhe e Paralizës së Fëmijëve të Kosovës – HANDIKOS, Terre des hommes, The Ideas Partnership, VoRAE, World Vision, Public Organization for Local Initiatives and Supports – POLIS, Network of Peace Movement – NOPM, SOS Kopshti and Nevo Koncepti.