The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will not provide lawyers for Norwegian children in Syria

Al-Hol campPhoto: AP Photo / Baderkhan Ahmad, File
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) believes that it is not its responsibility to ensure that Norwegian children in Syria have their own lawyers, which the organization Save the Children requested.

According to Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK), four Norwegian women accused of terrorism and four children are now detained or imprisoned in northeastern Syria.

On January 10, Save the Children asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Norwegian children in Syria to receive free legal aid.

“We ask the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to immediately appoint lawyers for the Norwegian children who are in Syria, so that their rights are safeguarded,” director of politics and communication at Save the Children, Gunvor Knag Fylkesnes, told NRK.

In its response, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote that it has no role related to the appointment of Norwegian lawyers for Norwegian citizens abroad.

The Ministry noted that a separate lawyer for children under the Children Act or the Child Welfare Act presupposes Norwegian jurisdiction.

Note: The picture used is for illustration purposes only.

Source : NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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