Council of Europe standards for protection
The Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (Lanzarote Convention) is the main legal text to combat sexual violence against children. It is also the first universal convention to criminalise all forms of sexual violence against children, regardless of whether commercial or not.
It was opened for signature on 25 October 2007 and entered into force on 1 July 2010. Although elaborated by the 47 Council of Europe member states, the Convention is is also open to accession by the European Union and by non European States.
The purposes of the convention are
A monitoring mechanism will assess progress on the implementation of the Convention.
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