”the Government has repeatedly declared that it is not possible to do something, found a pretext for not acting, and avoided to take responsibility”, writes Save the Children in an open letter to prime minister Stefan Löfven of the children to the suspects, the Swedish ICE-terrorists.
the children, who are not to be burdened for what their parents made, according to the organization.
”Sweden, leaving in place the responsibility to ICE the victim”, writes Save the Children and aimed at the kurddominerade groups which had taken control over the ICE last strongholds, and who appealed to the world to take responsibility for its citizens.
Among the survivors, and now prisoners of ICE-combatants are citizens from Sweden and a number of other western european countries.
explained the foreign MINISTRY's head of media relations to you do not intend to take the initiative to bring the child to the suspected Swedish ICE-combatants but to earmark sek 1.9 million for assistance to the refugee camps in Syria where many of the children are.
It was in some ways the last straw for Save the Children.
" We will be incredibly provoked. You raise this money in the same context as you say that one should not help the children, " says Save the Children sweden country manager Ola Mattsson.
you received this money is ”a normal procedure” within the framework of Sida's emergency assistance, according to the organization.
– And it is an extremely small part of the total effort made in the area. It is a strange signal.
– Quickly be clear that one should help the children to come home to Sweden and conclude that, in all respects, describe it as so incredibly complicated, " says Mattsson.
He points out that Russia, Indonesia and other countries have worked actively to get home ICE-children.
the EU countries coordinate often foreign policy actions, and the ”they should be done in a much earlier stage” in this matter, according to Mattsson.
" We talked with the MFA during the autumn of 2018 on several occasions. Already 2017 flagged relatives that they wanted to have the help of the state to act.
described by Save the Children and other actors as ”apocalyptic”.
– Child is sick and will die, and some have already died. It is a totally inadequate the humanitarian situation. Then you can't sit and investigate, then you need to act.
– It is not an uncomplicated situation. There are certainly legal challenges. But it is obvious that there are countries that have found solutions, " says Ola Mattsson.
– It is not a question of transport. It is five hours to Erbil (the capital of the kurdish part of Iraq), and there are daily flights. And the relatives are willing to pay. It is about to issue travel documents.
Mattsson find that the interior minister Mikael Damberg see the ”defensive” on the matter when he says that the area is a war zone and that the Swedish officials not to act.
In an op-ed for a month then write Damberg and minister of justice Morgan Johansson to child-friendly ”is central” to the government, but then notes that the children's situation ”is complicated” and that the ability to act on the spot ”is limited”.
– You can ask organisations for help, " said Ola Mattsson.
" We are prepared to discuss the different possibilities with the government. There are other organizations that have greater opportunities to act in legal issues, but we will be happy to take a quick meeting with the government. The door stands open.
It also applies in cases where a child to the suspected ICE-combatants will return to Sweden, " says Ola Mattsson.
" We have a dialogue with the municipalities concerned if specialist care as may be necessary, for example, traumavård.
a Few hours after that Save the Children has gone out with his open letter commented Margot Wallström situation.
”There should be no doubt that the government is doing what we can for these children and if possible, they must be brought to Sweden,” writes the minister of foreign affairs on Facebook, and continues:
”Each case must be handled individually. The children are in different situations, some may be orphans, others with parents arrested for acts they committed for the ICE. To identify the swedes, who can be born on the spot, is difficult. In the main camp are about the 76,000 people. We are in contact with the international red cross who are in the camps. It is of the utmost importance that the children's situation is handled legally secure and with the children's best in focus. International actors, the Swedish government and the Swedish municipalities can be recipients of the children, must work together”.
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