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The Protector of Citizens Zoran Pasalic participated today via video conference in the meeting of the Eurasian Ombudsman Alliance in order to exchange best practices on current problems in the protection of youth rights in the Eurasian region. The meeting was held on the initiative and organized by the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the Russian Federation, Tatana Nikolaevna Moskalkova, and was attended by ombudsmen and human rights commissioners from a dozen countries in the Eurasian region.

In the institution of the Protector of Citizens of the Republic of Serbia, there is an entire sector that deals with the rights of the child, and what is very important is that the new Law on the Protector of Citizens provides greater powers to that sector, said the Protector of Citizens Zoran Pasalic in his presentation. As he stated, the new law, which is currently in the parliamentary debate, envisages an increase in the capacity of the sector for children's rights, and it is extremely important that children over the age of ten will be able to personally submit a complaint to the Protector of Citizens.

Guided by one of the basic principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the principle of children participation, the Protector of Citizens founded the Youth Advisory Panel of the Protector of Citizens 11 years ago, which equally represents girls and boys from primary and secondary schools from all parts of Serbia and vulnerable social groups. By establishing this panel, the Protector of Citizens wanted to point out to all institutions in Serbia that when making decisions about children's rights, they must always hear the opinion of children, who will most simply explain their needs and problems, and how to solve them, said Pasalic. The message of the panelists is, among other things, that children should be more represented in the cultural content of the media, that the media should more often show their successes in cultural and creative work, instead of placing sensationalist content about them, Pasalic pointed out.

He spoke to his colleagues from the Eurasian region about the powers of the Protector of Citizens to send recommendations and opinions to the competent authorities, as well as to submit an initiative for amendments to existing laws and regulations to improve the work of public authorities if he considers that it is important for the realization and protection of the rights of citizens, even children and youth.

The conclusion of today's meeting will be the adoption of the Resolution of the Eurasian Ombudsman Alliance by participants in the field of protection of the rights of children and youth in the Eurasian region.