The untold story of the Romanian 'orphans'



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The untold story of the Romanian 'orphans' - Roelie Post

Romania needed to reform its child rights policy, as one of the conditions for its future EU Membership. Large ‘orphanages’ were closed and replaced by modern child protection alternatives.

The author kept a diary on her work for the European Commission that aimed to help Romania reform its child protection.

She soon found out that the intercountry adoption system in place was nothing short of a market for children, riddled by corruption. After international criticism this practice was halted temporarily. When redrafting laws, it became clear that in Romania’s reformed child protection there was neither place nor need for intercountry adoptions.

A ferocious lobby that wants to maintain intercountry adoptions stepped out.

The reader is taken along on an eight-year-travel, and will be shown the story of the Romanian ‘orphans’ from a different light, where global politics and private interests compete with the rights of the child.

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Roemenië wil prostitutie legaliseren

BOEKAREST - De Roemeense autoriteiten willen in hun strijd tegen mensenhandel en seksuele uitbuiting hun toevlucht zoeken tot drastische maatregelen. Volgens minister van Binnenlandse Zaken Vasile Blaga zal de toegenomen prostitutie worden bestreden door haar te legaliseren.

"Het ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken heeft het initiatief genomen voor een wettelijke traject dat moet uitmonden in de legalisering van prostitutie", aldus de bewindsman in een interview met Realitatea TV.
Jaarlijks worden in het Oost-Europese land duizenden vrouwen en meisjes van soms nog geen dertien ontvoerd of gelokt om vervolgens verkocht te worden aan bendes die hen opsluiten in bordelen. Anderen worden gedwongen te tippelen.

NU - 28 februari 2007


Gepost door: Yves | 18-03-07

Roelie Post Ms. Roelie Post worked at the European Commission’s DG Enlargement, Romania Team.

She had been dealing with the issue of Children's rights and Minority Rights. This work involved the monitoring of these issues in the framework of Romania's accession to the European Union.
Also the programming of pre-accession assistance, the Phare Programme, on these issues was part of her tasks.

Roelie was in charge of street children in Romania.

According to Roelie Post, children are still too often put in care institutions without investigating the cause. Child protection is the responsibility of the States and their social systems, which are currently not responding sufficiently to the necessary requirements.

Summary Report on the Symposium on Street children and youth as a priority of the EUs social inclusion policy for the new
Member States in Central and Eastern Europe organised by the European Foundation for Street Children Worldwide (EFSCW) on
9-10 December 2004, Brussels.

Gepost door: Ivanow | 20-03-07

Paul Van Buitenen Paul van Buitenen Member of the European Parliament said...

As a former European Commission official, I know that it is not obvious to write such a book. It is courageous and necessary to put this story on paper, as many misconceptions about the Romanian children's adoption issue float around and have even caused the European Parliament to adopt a misguided written declaration on this issue. Well done Roelie! Thursday, March 01, 2007 11:17:00 AM

Gepost door: Jacqueline | 24-03-07

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