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Council of Europe’s Steering Committee on the Rights of the Child examines human rights principles of children in migration

Strasbourg 16 September 2021
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Ambassador Drahoslav Štefánek, SRSG on Migration and Refugees addressing CDENF Plenary

Ambassador Drahoslav Štefánek, SRSG on Migration and Refugees addressing CDENF Plenary

On 16-17 September 2021, during an online plenary session dedicated to the protection of the rights of children in migration, the Steering Committee on the Rights of the Child (CDENF) is examining a Draft Recommendation relating to Human Rights Principles and Guidelines on age assessment for children together with its Explanatory Memorandum, and a Draft Explanatory Memorandum of Recommendation CM/Rec(2019)11 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on Effective guardianship for unaccompanied and separated children in the context of migration.

At the opening session, the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees, Ambassador Drahoslav Štefánek, expressed his strong support to all the migration-related activities that the Committee has carried out over the years, which greatly contributed to the successful implementation of the previous Council of Europe action plan on protecting refugee and migrant children in Europe. He emphasized: "I attach the highest importance to CDENF´s work on protecting vulnerable migrant and refugee children through guidance on effective guardianship and the preparation of a new standard on age assessment, respecting children´s rights and dignity.”

 

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