24.01.12 - The 6th meeting of the network of contact parliamentarians to stop sexual violence against
children has taken place at the Council of Europe.
During the meeting, the parliamentarians involved in the
campaign have seized the opportunity to renew their
undertaking in fighting sexual violence against children.
Mr Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human
Rights of the Council of Europe, said, inter alia, “in
fighting against sexual violence against children,
preventive measures and investments in the training of
educational staff, health professionals and social
workers are essential, so that the signs of abuse are
noticed as soon as possible”. Moreover he stated that
impunity is inconceivable and Member States legislation
should be strengthened. Thus the importance of the
parliamentary dimension of the campaign is evidenced by
the political nature of the fight that the Council of
Europe must take to overcome this problem.
Mr Eric Ruelle, Judge and Chairperson of the
Committee of the Parties of Lanzarote Convention,
illustrated to the parliamentarians as the definition of
“gooming” represents the real innovation of Lanzarote
Convention. Reminding the major role of the monitoring
mechanism provided by the Convention, such as the
importance of the collection, analysis and exchange of
information, experience and best practices among states,
he suggested one of the most powerful way of promotion
and protection of children's rights.
The Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe,
Ms Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, presented all the
results and prospects of the Council of Europe Campaign
ONE on FIVE taking note of an increasing political
commitment since the beginning of the Campaign.
Finally, Mr Jean-Claude Frécon, Chairperson of
Chamber of Local Authorities of the Congress of Local
and Regional Authorities presented the actions taken by
Congress in the framework of the ONE in FIVE Campaign.