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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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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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States should avoid depriving migrant children of their liberty, in line with CPT standards

15 March 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s anti-torture Committee (CPT) has restated its position in a newly-published fact sheet that every effort should be made to avoid resorting to the deprivation of liberty of an irregular migrant who is a child, and stated that member States should not detain unaccompanied or...

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New report on protecting refugee children from sexual abuse

6 March 2017 Strasbourg

A new report focusing on the protection of children affected by the refugee crisis from sexual exploitation and abuse has been issued. Non-comprehensive data collection, inadequate reception conditions, problems with age verification and with identification of victims are among the key challenges...

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Italy called to improve the situation of migrant children

8 March 2017 Strasbourg

“Italy should improve its asylum reception-capacity and integration policies, prevent human trafficking and combat corruption in the migration-related services sector” are the main recommendations in a report published today by the Secretary General’s Special Representative on migration and...

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FRA publishes report on child-friendly justice from the child’s perspective

22 February 2017 Brussels

The Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union (FRA) has just published its new report on "Child-friendly justice: Perspectives and experiences of children involved in judicial proceedings as victims, witnesses or parties" in nine EU Member States (Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, France,...

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17th meeting of the Lanzarote Committee

1-3 March 2017 Strasbourg

The 17th meeting of the Lanzarote Committee (Committee of the Parties to the Convention on the Protection of children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse) from 1 to 3 March 2017 will bring together representatives of the 42 states that have ratified the Convention, as well as...

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Lithuania bans corporal punishment of children in all settings

14 February 2017 Vilnius, Lithuania

The Lithuanian Parliament's unanimous vote to ban corporal punishment of children in all settings brings to 31 the number of Council of Europe member States to have taken this step. With the President of Lithuania's signature, the newly amended law will become effective, and all violence against...

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Safer Internet Day: new drafting group begins work

7 February 2017 Strasbourg

On the occasion of Safer Internet Day 2017, the Council of Europe is organising the first meeting of a drafting group of experts tasked with the elaboration of guidelines for member States to empower, protect and support children's safe access to their rights on the internet. True to the Safer...

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High time for states to invest in alternatives to migrant detention

31 January 2017 Strasbourg

In his latest Human Rights Comment, the Human Rights Commissioner, Mr Nils Muižnieks, proposes that states adopt a 5-step plan to abolish migrant detention, calling on them to make it a priority action to present roadmaps, including a firm deadline, for the abolition of child detention. Web page...

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Anti-trafficking experts urge Italy to better protect unaccompanied children

30 January 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Group of experts against human trafficking (GRETA) has published today a report on the implementation of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by Italy. The report assesses the specific situation of forced returns of victims of trafficking from Italy...

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Russia: decriminalising domestic violence would be a clear sign of regression, says Secretary General Jagland

16 January 2017 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland sent a letter today to the Chairpersons of the State Duma and the Federation Council of the Russian Federation expressing his deep concern at the legislation which, if adopted, would decriminalize domestic violence in Russia. “I call upon you...

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Study on the rights of children in biomedicine

16 January 2017 Strasbourg

The Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO) publishes today a study prepared at its request by researchers from Uppsala University Department of Law (Sweden) on the challenges posed to the rights of the child by scientific and technological developments in biomedicine. The study will be used as the basis...

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Eurochild’s National Partner Networks meet with Council of Europe

15 & 16 December 2016 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe, in co-operation with EuroChild and ChildPact, is holding a training seminar on 15 and 16 December on social rights, violence against children, effective advocacy at national level, and the available instruments offered by the Council of Europe to protect children’s rights....

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Assessing Child Participation in Bulgaria, Latvia and Italy

13-14 December 2016 Strasbourg

Representatives from government and NGOs as well as two young people are meeting at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg to discuss child participation in Bulgaria, Latvia and Italy. The three countries have volunteered to evaluate the level and quality of children’s participation at national...

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