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Council of Europe calls on Hungary to reconsider new law that risks exposing unaccompanied asylum-seeking children to sexual violence

Strasbourg 24 March 2017
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Council of Europe calls on Hungary to reconsider new law that risks exposing unaccompanied asylum-seeking children to sexual violence

In a letter to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Claude Janizzi, the Chairperson of the Council of Europe Lanzarote Committee expressed his concern that the adopted law – “On the amendment of certain acts related to increasing the strictness of procedures carried out in the areas of border management” – will negatively impact on the implementation of the Lanzarote Convention, to which Hungary is party.

Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children between 14 and 18 are now considered as adult asylum applicants, and placed in transit zones increasing the risk of becoming a victim of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse.


 Letter to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, by Claude Janizzi, Chairperson of the Council of Europe Lanzarote Committee

 Press release

 Children and migration

 Lanzarote Committee urgent monitoring on protecting children affected by the refugee crisis against sexual exploitation and abuse