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Media advisory: A Call to Action to end placing children under three in institutions in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Date and Place: Tuesday June 28, 12:00 - 13:30 pm, Room A5F 385 of the European Parliament, Brussels
Organizers: Irish Member of European Parliament, Maired McGuinness is hosting the meeting in participation with UNICEF and OHCHR.

Attending: Members of the European Parliament and representatives of organizations involved in the child care reform across Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Purpose of the event: Findings from two new reports will be shared on the situation of people living in residential institutional care in the region. The presentations will be followed by a Call to Action to urge governments to end placing children under three in institutions.

The reports which will be released include:

  • “Forgotten Europeans – Forgotten Rights” published by the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) on the international and European human rights standards relevant to the situation of persons in institutions (institutional care, deinstitutionalization and alternative care; and
  • “At Home or in a Home – Formal care and adoption of children in Eastern Europe and Central Asia”, published by UNICEF providing an overview of the major trends and concerns about children in formal care and institutions as well as adoption in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, including Romania and Bulgaria.

For more information, the media should contact:

OHCHR, Regional Representative
Jan Jařab
Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Regional Office for Europe
Tel: +32 227 40170

UNICEF CEECIS Regional Communication Chief
John Budd
Tel: +41 22 909 5429

Desk Officer for EU and Benelux
Jean-Luc Onckelin
Tel: +32 2 788 8454



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