Institutional violence against children on the move: an emerging need to apply child-friendly procedures and integrated protection policies
30/06/2022- 13:00 CEST
On 30 June 2022, in Geneva, Switzerland, DCI’s International Secretariat and DCI-Greece co-hosted a side event to the 50th UN Human Rights Council. The event, titled Institutional violence against children on the move: an emerging need to apply child-friendly procedures and integrated protection policies, was a rousing success. In total, the event saw over sixty attendees (combined online and in-person). Among the panelists were child rights experts, a child mental health expert, DCI advocates, and a young refugee. This unique mix of perspectives fostered a dynamic, well-rounded discussion and approached the issue of institutional violence against children on the move from multiple angles. The event shed light on one essential conclusion: child-friendly procedures should be placed at the heart of all work with children on the move.
The panel discussion was moderated by DCI’s Executive Director, Alex Kamarotos. The speakers included H. E. Ambassador Marc Bichler (Permanent Representative of Luxembourg to the United Nations Office at Geneva), Najat Maalla M’jid (UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children), Felipe Gonzales Morales (UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants), Rhamat Amiri (a young refugee from Afghanistan), Claire Pavlaki (an expert from the special secretariat for protection of unaccompanied minors in Greece), Nantina Tsekeri (CEO of DCI-Greece), Vassiliy Yuzhanin (Head of International Migration Law at IOM), Tinia Apergi (Clinical psychologist and Associate Professor at The American College of Greece), and Philip Jaffé (member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child). To read the keynote speech, delivered by Najat Maalla M’jid, click here.