UN condemns Finland for neglecting children in Syrian refugee camps

UN condemns Finland for neglecting children in Syrian refugee camps

Finland has failed to protect three Finnish children born to mothers who allegedly helped Islamic State (IS) by failing to evacuate them from Syria’s Al-Hol refugee camp. This is the conclusion of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in a judgment published on Wednesday (October 12).

Finland has been aware for years of the life-threatening conditions for children in a camp where there is a lack of basic necessities such as water and food or medical supplies, the UN committee official said, based on a complaint by Child Protection Association Parents in 2019.

The country therefore has a responsibility to bring the three remaining children, aged 5 to 6, home without delay as their detention in the camp is ongoing “inhuman and degrading treatment”added the committee.

The repatriation of the 30 children of Finnish women in Syria proved to be a long and complex process – partly due to the local authorities’ policy of only allowing the orphans to leave the country for strong humanitarian reasons.

The organization save the kids reported in autumn 2021 that around 40,000 children were living in Syrian refugee camps. Around 60 children are said to have died in Al-Hol this year.

Their repatriation has proved to be a politically difficult task in many European countries, mainly for security reasons. In Finland, the affair almost cost the job of Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, who was suspected of illegally replacing an official to speed up the process.

Reference: www.euractiv.fr

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