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New monitoring round on protecting children from ICT-facilitated sexual abuse

20 June 2017 Strasbourg

The Lanzarote Committee of the Council of Europe has embarked on a new monitoring round under its Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (“the Lanzarote Convention”). The new round will focus on protecting children against sexual exploitation and...

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Annual HELP Network Conference for friendly justice

19-20 June 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s programme “Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals” (HELP) will hold its annual network conference on “HELP for friendly justice”. Ways to implement and improve human rights training among legal professionals (judges, prosecutors or lawyers) and the launch of HELP...

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Conference on the Future of Citizenship and Human Rights Education in Europe

20-22 June 2017 Strasbourg

This conference will address the promotion of democracy and human rights through education. Around 300 representatives of governments, education institutions and civil society organisations will discuss current challenges and opportunities, share examples of good practices and lessons learnt, and...

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Human Rights Commissioner: "Increase child protection in family reunification procedures"

19 June 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, calls on member States to ensure that the best interests of the child is a primary consideration in all family reunification decisions. In an issue paper on family reunification, the Commissioner adopted 36 recommendations,...

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Thematic workshop on combating violence against women and children

15 June 2017 Odessa, Ukraine

The Council of Europe project Combating violence against women and children in Ukraine organizes on 15th of June its first project activity, a thematic workshop for civil society organisations working on women’s and children’s rights issues. The objective of the workshop is threefold: raise the...

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Launch of the European Barnahus Movement

14 June 2017 Brussels, Belgium

The European Barnahus Movement is launched on the 14th June 2017 in Brussels in the framework of the PROMISE project implemented by the Council of the Baltic Sea States. Claude Janizzi, Chairman of the Committee of the Parties (“the Lanzarote Committee”) to the Council of Europe Convention on the...

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Congress of Local and Regional Authorities

Seminar on efforts to combat the sexual abuse of children

13 June 2017 Belgrade, Serbia

Local and regional authorities are on the frontline in the efforts to combat the sexual abuse of children. How can we share and develop practical initiatives at local and regional level to prevent this evil? This is the subject which will be discussed by national associations of local and...

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Online survey open for updating the Human Rights manual “Compasito”

13 June 2017 Strasbourg

10 years after launching COMPASITO, the Council of Europe’s manual on Human Rights Education for Children, it is time to update it and make it fit for the next 10 years! In order to integrate the experiences of all users of the manual, an online survey has been set up where every user can propose...

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Czech Chairmanship’s priorities and focus on children’s rights

2 June 2017 Strasbourg

From May to November 2017, the Czech Republic chairs the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. As set out in their policy paper, the protection of the rights of the child is one of the priority areas during their chairmanship. To that effect, several important events will be organised...

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Call for comments: Administrative detention of migrants

26 May 2017 Strasbourg

The European Committee on Legal Co-operation has released a call for comments on the draft codification instrument on administrative detention rules based on international and regional human rights standards relating to the conditions of detention of migrants- including provisions on detention...

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Council of Europe Action Plan on protecting refugee and migrant children adopted

19 May 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Action Plan on protecting refugee and migrant children (2017-2019) was adopted by the 47 member States of the Organisation at the 127th Session of the Committee of Ministers in Nicosia, Cyprus, on the 19 May 2017. “Today, the Council of Europe has agreed on concrete...

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18th meeting of the Lanzarote Committee

10-12 May 2017 Strasbourg

The 18th meeting of the Lanzarote Committee (Committee of the Parties to the Convention on the Protection of children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse) from 10 to 12 May 2017 will bring together representatives of the 42 states that have ratified the Convention, as well as...

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High level meeting

Europe’s challenge to ensure a rights perspective for children in migration

24 April 2017 Stockholm, Sweden

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees, Tomáš Boček, will deliver a keynote speech at a high-level meeting on the rights of the child migrants in Europe. Sweden’s Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality will participate along with European...

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Pro Safe Sport+: kick-off workshop

24 & 25 April 2017 Strasbourg

The first Pro Safe Sport+ workshop will be held as a kick-off event for a new joint project implemented by the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the Erasmus programme. The project is due to run from 1 April 2017 to 31 December 2017 with the goal of raising awareness amongst those who...

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Human Rights Commissioner's new report on Lithuania

19 April 2017 Strasbourg

“While considerable progress has been achieved in protecting human rights in recent years, the Lithuanian authorities still have to address some remaining shortcomings, in particular as regards the protection of women, children and persons with disabilities” said Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe...

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Monitoring places where children are deprived of their liberty as a result of immigration procedures

11-12 April 2017 Strasbourg

The Children’s Rights Division, as part of the joint-project with the Parliamentary Assembly to end immigration detention of children, organised a pilot training seminar on monitoring places where children are deprived of their liberty as a result of immigration procedures. Taking place in...

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

24 March 2017 Strasbourg

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...

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OSCE conference on migrants in an irregular situation

22-23 March 2017 Riga, Latvia

The Council of Europe’s Children’s Rights Division participated in a conference organised by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Riga on 22-23 March on the subject of migrants in an irregular situation whose return or removal has been postponed. This conference...

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2nd meeting of the Children's Rights Committee

29-31 March 2017 Strasbourg

The Ad hoc Committee for the Rights of the Child held its 2nd meeting at the Council of Europe on 29-31 March 2017. In addition to civil servants and ombudspersons from member States, representatives from observer States, Council of Europe bodies, international organisations such as the...

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SRSG identifies main challenges for migrant and refugee childen in Europe

22 March 2017 Strasbourg

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG), Tomáš Boček publishes a Thematic Report on migrant and refugee children. The report, based on his on-the-ground experience gathered during the fact-finding missions in 2016*, calls for urgent measures to find...

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