1. The Committee on Social Affairs,
Health and Sustainable Development (“the committee” hereafter) welcomes
the timely report prepared by Ms Serap Yaşar (Turkey, NR) for the
Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons. It fully
supports the report’s recommendation that “National parliaments
and governments of member States must do whatever is necessary and
required in the best interests of the child to avoid the disappearance
of child refugees and migrants, thereby reducing risks to their
lives and their physical and mental integrity”.
2. I hope that this report will remind us of the gravity of the
present situation. I also hope that it will encourage public debate
and stronger parliamentary action to prevent the disappearances
of child refugees and migrants in Council of Europe member States.
With this in mind, the committee wishes to propose a few specific
amendments to reinforce the text.