Measures for the physical and psychological recovery and social reintegration

Measures for the physical and psychological recovery

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presentation of films on the topic or benefit concerts are planned. Measures for the physical and psychological recovery and social reintegration of child soldiers 68. According to article 6, paragraph 3, State Parties shall take all feasible measures to ensure that persons within their jurisdiction recruited or used in hostilities contrary to the Protocol are accorded all appropriate assistance for their physical and psychological recovery and their social reintegration once they have been demobilized or otherwise released from service. 69. No cases are known where Liechtenstein has ever been confronted with child soldiers or former child soldiers. From today’s perspective, it is highly improbable that Liechtenstein could be involved in an armed conflict and be confronted with the issue of child soldiers on its territory to a significant extent. It is conceivable, however, that former child soldiers might come to Liechtenstein as refugees, yet this has never occurred either. If a former child soldier were to
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CRC/C/OPAC/LIE/1 page 17 seek refuge in Liechtenstein, the mechanisms described below would apply. These existing mechanisms have proven effective in dealing with minors seeking asylum, and guarantee that the affected child receives adequate support. 70. The legal basis for the presence of children as refugees in Liechtenstein is the Refugee Act (LGBl. 1998 No. 107). Article 23 of the Refugee Act governs the hearings on the grounds for asylum. The authorities waive hearings if the minor is accompanied by a guardian, unless the hearing of a minor might give rise to facts relevant to granting asylum. In the case of a child solider, a hearing would always be conducted. For unaccompanied minors seeking asylum, the Court of Justice appoints an appropriate person as trustee for the duration of the asylum procedure. The trustee takes care of the legal and social needs of the child. The care of all asylum seekers and of persons granted temporary protection is the responsibility of the Liechtenstein Refugee Assistance association, to whom this mandate has been delegated by the Government. 71. With respect to integration and rehabilitation measures, the procedure is as follows: As part of the hearing and the subsequent care provided by Liechtenstein Refugee Assistance, appropriate therapeutic measures and psychosocial care as well as housing and integration in school or the workforce are assessed and implemented. All these assessments and measures are carried out in consultation between the affected bodies, i.e. between Liechtenstein Refugee Assistance and the trustee. Appropriate measures are taken by the Children and Youth Division of the Office of Social Affairs on the basis of the Youth Act (article 30, LGBl. 1980 No. 38). In such cases, therapeutic measures may be introduced by staff members of the Youth Welfare Bureau itself or by external psychotherapists or physicians. Unaccompanied minors are placed in a therapeutic residential community, a sociopedagogical youth living group, or a foster family.
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  • Summer '16
  • Ramon Wawire
  • European Union, Council of Europe, European Convention on Human Rights

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