From the long-term monitoring of CIVIL – Center for Freedom, it can be concluded that political abuse of children continues at an unabated pace. Children are in the front lines at rallies and are used in videos, propaganda spots and photos published on the social networks and in the media, as if there are no clear domestic and international regulations that forbid such abuse.
CIVIL mostly strongly condemns the abuse of children and minors for political and election purposes and once again calls on the institutions to react immediately and to sanction all those involving children in any way in politics. According to Article 12, paragraph 4 of the Law on Child Protection, abuse of children for political or religious organization and action is forbidden.
Stop political abuse and indoctrination of children! As in its previous announcement, CIVIL reminds political parties, parents, the media and institutions that every child, without any exception, has the right to a dignified life, and to enjoy all the rights stipulated in the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Law on Child Protection. Many children do not have access to quality education, health care protection and dignified living conditions. They have the right to a carefree childhood, free from daily political events.
Stop political abuse and indoctrination of children!
CIVIL calls on observers, supporters, members and citizens to report political abuse of children, as well as hate speech, abuses and other election irregularities.
Reports can be made by email (email@example.com), Facebook, by phone (02 / 5209 176), on the online application for election irregularities or personally at the organization’s office in Skopje.
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