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2-6 Human Rights: Governmental Attitude Regarding Children




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This article is from the Bulgaria FAQ, by Dragomir R. Radev radev@tune.cs.columbia.edu with numerous contributions by others.

2-6 Human Rights: Governmental Attitude Regarding Children

The Government appears to be committed to protecting children's welfare.
It maintains, for example, a sizable network of orphanages throughout
the country. However, government efforts in education and health have
been constrained by serious budgetary limitations and by outmoded social
care structures. Groups that exist to defend the rights of children
charge that an increasing number of children are at serious risk as
social insurance payments fall further behind inflation and are often
disbursed as much as 6 months late.

The vast majority of children are free from societal abuse, although
skinhead groups have beaten some Romani children; the homeless or
abandoned were particularly vulnerable. Some Romani minors were forced
into prostitution by family or community members; there was little
police effort to address these problems.

 

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