CYPRUS: Children's Ombudsperson

Summary: Information about institutions in Cyprus that monitor children's rights.

 Children's Ombudsperson

Cyprus has a Commissioner for the Protection of Children's Rights, which operates as an independent institution with similar functions to that of an Ombudsperson. The Commissioner has a mandate including the power to hear complaints and pursue claims on behalf of children, but the Committee on the Rights of the Child expressed concern in 2012 that the Commissioner lacked sufficient human, financial and technical resources to effectively fulfil its functions. The Committee also expressed concern at the Commissioner's inadequate powers to enforce its decisions.


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