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Berlingske - Denmark | Friday, November 6, 2015

Greenland's children are Denmark's responsibility

Greenland's Ombudsman for Children, Aviâja Egede Lynge, recently voiced grave concerns about the situation of minors on the island in a letter to its local authorities. The liberal-conservative daily Berlingske argues that Denmark must take action even though strictly speaking child protection is in the hands of the autonomous island: "When children's welfare is at stake Denmark has a duty to act. The kingdom has signed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which according to ombudsman Lynge are being violated on a daily basis in Greenland. And above all Denmark has a moral obligation to act. … But although children in Greenland live in worse conditions than in some developing nations, Danish politicians are more focussed on not violating Greenland's feelings and are ignoring the neglected children who are also children of Denmark and for whom Denmark therefore bears responsibility."

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