The Director General of UNICEF Poland, Marek Krupiński, sent a letter to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on the activities on the Polish-Belarusian border. “Providing all children with appropriate care and protection in this particularly difficult situation is our primary responsibility,” he wrote. Anyone can subscribe to this appeal.
The Director General of UNICEF Poland expressed a strong opposition to the actions of the Polish authorities against children who, together with their families, crossed the Polish-Belarusian border and found themselves on the territory of the Republic of Poland. Children are taken to the border and left there without any help or support. Leaving children without securing their basic needs and medical assistance is a direct threat to their health and life.
UNICEF Poland: the situation of children on the Polish-Belarusian border is inhuman and unacceptable
“The experience of UNICEF from countries plunged into chaos, civil war or hostilities clearly shows that children suffer the most in such conditions. They are left with wounds that will never heal again” – reads the appeal.
According to UNICEF Polska, “the situation of children on the Polish-Belarusian border is inhuman and unacceptable. The prevailing weather conditions, lack of food and fatigue make children extremely exhausted, get sick and even fatal. They do not receive adequate medical or food assistance” . “Conditions that are difficult to bear for an adult human body are deadly for a small child. The feeling of danger, fear, cold, fatigue – all this leads to unimaginable suffering in the youngest” – it was stated.
“Providing all children with appropriate care and protection is our duty. Actions taken on the Polish-Belarusian border contradict the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Status of Refugees and the Geneva Convention, compliance with which is our legal and moral obligation” – wrote Marek Krupiński in his letter to the prime minister.
Postulates of UNICEF Poland
In its postulates, UNICEF Poland demands: – respect for the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international acts, including the Geneva Convention; – compliance with the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights in the scope of providing refugees with the necessary humanitarian and legal aid; – in accordance with international procedures, treatment of children who will be with their parents on the territory of Poland and providing them with safe conditions of stay until appropriate administrative decisions are taken; – prohibit the use of push-backs as an inhumane practice that poses a direct threat to health and life to the relevant services; – admit UNICEF and other aid organizations to the area of the state of emergency for on-the-spot checks and humanitarian assistance.
“The welfare of children is a priority and should always come first. That is why UNICEF Poland expresses strong opposition to the actions of the Polish authorities in relation to children on the Polish-Belarusian border,” emphasized Marek Krupiński.
The appeal is both an expression of opposition to the current measures aimed at migrant children and a demand for immediate action that respects the rights of the youngest.
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