Ombudsman slams Education Ministry for care of foreign children

Ombudsman Pavel Varvařovský says the Czech state has failed in its care for foreign children. In a press release the ombudsman criticised the illegal isolation and maltreatment of children in the Permon centre in Central Bohemia, which was established for the children of foreigners whose parents are unable to look after them, who do not speak Czech and who may suffer from some previous traumas. Mr Varvařovský noted that the children lacked privacy and there were reports of sexual attacks among them. Moreover, nearly half of the children in the institution are Slovaks and a large part of them speak Czech, and therefore do not have to be in the centre at all. The ombudsman's office warned of the mistakes four years ago and says nothing has changed due to the ‘passivity’ of the Education Ministry.