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    A UN report pointed out that Sweden has seen numerous cases of discrimination against children with refugee and immigrant backgrounds. The report also criticized the Swedish government for sending asylum-seeking children back to their home countries where they are at a high risk of trafficking or being recruited as child soldiers.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The United Nations has stated concern about the treatment of immigrant children, underage refugees and child prisoners in Sweden, in a recently released report.

    A panel of 18 independent experts from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child have, over several years, examined how Sweden has upheld the standards of the UN basic conventions on children's rights.

    The Committee report said that the Nordic nation has repeatedly breached the conventions, discriminating against children who have refugee and immigrant backgrounds.

    "Certain groups of children continue to face discrimination, in particular children from disadvantaged and marginalized families as well as children of migrant families, including African and Afro-Swede children," the report, published Wednesday, said.

    It pointed to a rise in hate crimes in Sweden, with children from Muslims, Jewish, African Swedish, Roma communities as well as LGBT children being bullied and discriminated against at schools.

    The study revealed a list of other violations of children's rights, including the practice of isolating young offenders in detention camps and police stations, against the UN Convention on Torture.

    The Committee also criticized the Swedish government for sending unaccompanied asylum-seeking and refugee children back to their home countries where they are at a high risk of sexual exploitation, trafficking or being recruited as child soldiers.

    Sweden's State Secretary for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality, Pernilla Baralt, was present at the Committee's hearing on Wednesday to represent the government. She said the government was going to discuss the criticism with different rights organizations to improve the situation, according to the Swedish radio.

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