Commission on Human Rights
1. My delegation is grateful to Mr. Juan-Miguel Petit for his mission in Romania, his report and recommendations. The Romanian authorities were glad to lend to the Special Rapporteur the assistance he needed, and to engage in a mutually useful dialogue. The competent bodies are considering carefully the recommendations made by Mr. Petit. Additional action will also follow.
2. As a general remark, I would like to emphasise that my authorities would have liked to see more focus on the considerable rapid positive changes in the protection of the child in Romania, both by legislative and institutional mechanisms. In particular we would have liked to see in the report a deeper analysis on the new law on international adoptions, which represent a very determined and courageous response by the Romanian authorities to the complex issue of adoptions.
In this vein, I would like to emphasize the considerable positive impact on the protection of children, brought by the comprehensive package of four laws adopted last year on:
(i) the protection and promotion of the rights of the child;
3. The report reminds us that many challenges lay ahead of us and immediate steps need to be taken to face problems like child trafficking and child sexual exploitation. As the Rapporteur put it, it is effective remedies for the root causes that must be sought to give efficiency to policies and programmes. Social exclusion is strongly felt by children. Government will find ways to provide children and their parents with social programmes that offer viable alternatives before they become victims of trafficking and prostitution.
4. We are glad that the Special Rapporteur recognizes that Romania has one of the most comprehensive anti-trafficking legislation in Europe. This means that the subject deserves a few specific comments. I will therefore refer to the efforts undertaken by the Government of Romania in order to implement the respective legislation.
I would like to reassure the Special Rapporteur and this distinguished Commission on the readiness of my authorities to interact further for a constant improvement of the policy aimed at protecting children who are victims of trafficking or in other vulnerable situations.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
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