Children’s rights are still violated all over Europe. The rights of
children are not limited to access to education, adequate food or
quality health care. States also bear the responsibility to protect them
against sexual exploitation or any other forms of violence. They must not discriminate against children, but
should listen to them and involve them in every decision relating to
them. States are also obliged to protect children against poverty.
Some progress has been made, partly as a result of the
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Council of Europe has
also contributed to the protection of children through the case law
of the European Court of Human Rights and the European Committee on
Social Rights as well as through the adoption of important standards
relating to adoption, child exploitation, juvenile justice or
children in institutions.
|Despite this, persistent and
widespread violations of children’s rights occur in all parts of
Europe. The Commissioner for Human Rights therefore pays particular
attention to the respect for and the protection of the rights of
He regularly visits prisons or care institutions where children are
placed and provides recommendations to national authorities on how they
could improve their records on children’s rights.
Janusz Korczak, the Child's Right to Respect (Korczak lectures)
||Korczak's message was about respect for children, respect
for their inherent value as human beings, but also for their
capacity and competence. Though continuously practising as a
medical doctor and directing orphanages, he was also a
writer. His essay "The Child's Right to Respect", in which
he analyses the role of adults and the place of children in
society, is published in this volume.
Korczak's vision of
children's rights is still relevant. What can we
learn from his ideas when tackling today's
Five eminent children's rights activists analyse
current problems in the Korczak lectures. They focused on
children’s best interest,
children in out-of-home care,
corporal punishment as well as
children and prison.
Stop sexual violence against
||About one in five children in Europe are victims of some form of sexual
violence. The Council of Europe campaign aims at raising awareness and
promoting the reinforcement of mechanisms and measures of protection for
child victims at national level.
Building a Europe for and with children
||Council of Europe programme covering the social, legal, educational and
health dimensions relevant to protecting children and promoting their
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