Belgian children flock to rights' office

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21 November 2003, BRUSSELS – Belgium's Office of Children's Rights has been flooded by a record number of complaints and queries this year from children, according to Office boss Ankie Vandekerckhove.

21 November 2003

BRUSSELS – Belgium's Office of Children's Rights has been flooded by a record number of complaints and queries this year from children, according to Office boss Ankie Vandekerckhove.

Most of the over 1, 200 cases raised with the office concerned parental divorce and problems in educational institutions, commissioner Vandekerckhove revealed. The average age of minors contacting the office was 14 years.

The boom in cases raised with the office so far this year also saw for the first time a a majority of children making contact.

The largest number of complaints and queries regarding schools involved problems of capital punishment, Vandekerckhove said.


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Subject: Belgian news




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