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“Sexual assault against children is an urgent human rights issue and fighting it should be a political priority”. (Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, 2011)
violence against children is justifiable; all violence against children
(UN Global Study on Violence Against Children,
“No violence against children is justifiable; all violence against children is preventable”. (UN Global Study on Violence Against Children, 2006)
The Council of Europe Convention on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, also known as “the Lanzarote Convention”, requires criminalisation of all kinds of sexual offences against children. It sets out that states in Europe and beyond shall adopt specific legislation and take measures to prevent sexual violence, to protect child victims and to prosecute perpetrators.
The “Lanzarote Committee” (i.e. the Committee of the Parties to the Convention) is the body established to monitor whether Parties effectively implement the Lanzarote Convention. The monitoring procedure is divided by rounds, each round concerning a theme: starting with "sexual abuse in the circle of trust".
In order to assess Parties' implementation of the Lanzarote Convention, two questionnaires are currently available. The deadline for submitting responses is 31 January 2014.
The reference document with a non-exhaustive summary of the relevant children’s rights case law of the Court of Human Rights and the European Committee of Social Rights is available here.
Download the two questionnaires:
Pocket-format Convention General Overview