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Call for consultation: guidelines for member States to promote, protect and fulfil children’s rights in the digital environment

31 July 2017 Strasbourg

In accordance with its terms of reference, and in line with the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2016-2021), the Ad Hoc Committee for the Rights of the Child (CAHENF) is elaborating guidelines for member States to promote, protect and fulfil children’s rights in the digital...

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Ending all forms of violence against children by 2030

18 July 2017 Strasbourg

A new brochure was issued on the occasion of a UN High-level event on "Ending Child Poverty and Violence against Children to achieve the sustainable development goals", held in New York on 18 July 2017. It contains a brief overview of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in relation to ending all...

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Lanzarote Committee delegation visits transit zones in Hungary

5-6 July 2017 Hungary

A delegation of members of the Lanzarote Committee visited Hungary to assess the situation of children in the transit zones of Röske and Tompa in the south of the country. The visit, at the invitation of the Hungarian authorities, follows the call made in March by the Council of Europe for...

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New study on children’s rights challenges in biomedicine

4 July 2017 Strasbourg

The study, prepared by researchers from Leiden University Law School (the Netherlands), analyses the relevance of existing international and European legal principles to address the challenges posed to the rights of the child by scientific and technological developments in biomedicine and...

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1st Steering Group meeting of the project “Combating violence against women and children in Ukraine”

29 June 2017 Kiev, Ukraine

The first Steering Group meeting of the Council of Europe project Combating violence against women and children in Ukraine is organized on 29th June 2017 in the premises of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine in Kiev. The meeting gathers focal points from the Ministries of Social Policy,...

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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 action...

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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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