“Durable Solutions for Separated Children in Europe” National Report for Cyprus

On the occasion of the scheduled visit of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr Nils Muižnieks, from the 8th to 11th of December 2015, Director General of the International, Humanitarian and Independent Institution “Hope For Children” UNCRC Policy Center Mr Joseph Varughese and the Director of the Institution’s Humanitarian Division Ms Andria Neocleous, presented to him, during a meeting between them, the “Durable Solutions for Separated Children in Europe” National Report for Cyprus, composed  by ?s Rafaella Camasa, f.policy and advocacy manager on behalf of “Hope For Children” UNCRC Policy Center.

The “Durable Solutions for Separated Children in Europe” National Report for Cyprus focuses on contemporary methods and actions concerning the promotion of separated children’s best interests on a case-to-case and individualized basis, rather than on a general plan applied in every case. The report also qualifies a list of indicators which offer guidance for a timely identification and implementation of a durable solution. Durability, however, must be based on universal principles and a holistic orientation, but also emerges from a system’s capacity to adapt in different situations and environments.

Following the intension of the Commissioner , during this visit, to focus on the effect of economic crisis on the implementation of international obligations regarding human rights in Cyprus, Mr Joseph Varughese underlines the importance of a “recue net” for separated children, who are among the most vulnerable population in the EU, based on actions who save money and time, especially now that social services have been dramatically beaten by austerity. «Separated children, stated Mr Varughese, during these difficult and bizarre times, are subjected to a double deprivation. They cannot enjoy family life and, in parallel, they face difficulties concerning the reparation of this great loss. States decrease their own humanitarian activity but, in the same time, civil society tries to fill in the gap like never before. “Hope For Children”, being in the core of the struggle to support separated children, seeks durability and efficiency. When handling separated children’ cases, long-term, visionary strategies have to be put in. That’ the only responsible response for people whose character will be crucially affected, for their whole life», noted Mr Varughese.

The official public presentation of the “Durable Solutions for Separated Children in Europe” National Report for Cyprus will take place on the 18th of January 2016, at the EU House, in Nicosia, at 9am.