Federal Youth Representation – Children’s rights must be included in the constitution


Today, Monday November 20, is International Children’s Rights Day. To mark this occasion, the Federal Youth Representation Council has now called for constitutional status for all children’s rights. They also see the need for action on cash-funded psychological help, a climate protection law and an action plan against child poverty.

“We live at a time when the risk of suicide among children and young people in Austria has tripled, we still live without an effective climate protection law and children and young people are massively affected by the wave of inflation,” said the President of the Federal Youth Representation Council, Julian Christian am Monday. The government must therefore agree before the end of the legislature (the next elections for the National Council are expected in autumn 2024, please note) to expand the therapy places financed by health insurers and set the course for the planned specialist offensive in the field of pediatrics and pediatrics. youth psychiatry.

Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified in 1992
Moreover, the “inadequate climate policy” is “clearly inconsistent with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child,” which Austria ratified in 1992, the broadcast said. The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted on November 25, 1989. It applies to all children and young people up to the age of 18. Examples of this are the right to nonviolent education, protection against economic exploitation (e.g. child labor) and the right to education.

“Especially this year, the need for child protection has once again been painfully brought to attention; I am reminded of the Teichtmeister case or the cases of abuse by a sports teacher. We have therefore put together a comprehensive package of measures in strong solidarity within the government: full protection for our children, no quarter for the perpetrators,” Family Minister Susanne Raab (ÖVP) said in a broadcast on Monday.

We all have a great responsibility every day when it comes to “hearing and respecting the voices of the youngest members of our society (…).”

Social assistance for children
The FPÖ and organizations such as the Poverty Conference pointed out child poverty on the occasion of Children’s Rights Day. Record price increases and inflation must be combated, FPÖ family spokeswoman Rosa Ecker said in a broadcast. The Poverty Conference Network called for reform of social assistance for children and youth. Caritas, in turn, was mainly concerned with the protection of children and young people in war zones, while the SPÖ broadcast child labor.

In Austria, six of the forty children’s rights were enshrined in the constitution in 2011. For the Federal Youth Representation Council, this does not go far enough: it wants everyone to have constitutional status.

Source: Krone


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