How to Protect the Human Rights of Children Temporarily out of Custody in the Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia Epidemic in China
International Journal of Law and Society
Volume 3, Issue 1, March 2020, Pages: 5-11
Received: Feb. 25, 2020; Accepted: Mar. 10, 2020; Published: Mar. 24, 2020
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Xinlin Peng, Law School, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
Qian Sun, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Beijing Institute of Education, Beijing, China
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In the current epidemic prevention and control of the Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia (NCP) in China, the protection of human rights of children temporarily separated from guardianship during the epidemic period has not yet attracted the attention of the state and society. Some of these children have to be separated from their parents because their parents are quarantined for suspected or confirmed NCP, or these children themselves have to be quarantined because of suspected or confirmed diagnosis of NCP. Some children’s parents are doctors, police and other front-line anti epidemic staff, therefore they have no other choice but leaving the children at home alone. There are also children whose parents and other close relatives have been infected or suspected to be infected with NCP thereby have no ability to take care of them. These children are actually out of the custody of their parents. The mental and physical health of these children are suffering from great damage. However, the absence of state guardianship, guardians’ lacking awareness of protecting children's rights, and the adverse guidance of public opinions make these children be in a struggling situation at present. The First thing we must to do is establishing a systematic national guardianship system, and make clear the temporary guardianship system. Second, expanding the interpretation of leftover children and children in difficulties in the existing laws and policies, and formulating special provisions for the protection of temporary "leftover children" during the epidemic prevention and control period should be added. Third, for the "leftover children" who are temporarily out of custody in epidemic areas, the state needs to allocate special to designate special national treatment institutions where children can receive unified treatment.
"Leftover Children" out of Custody, Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia, National Guardianship, Temporary Guardianship
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Xinlin Peng, Qian Sun, How to Protect the Human Rights of Children Temporarily out of Custody in the Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia Epidemic in China, International Journal of Law and Society. Vol. 3, No. 1, 2020, pp. 5-11. doi: 10.11648/j.ijls.20200301.12
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