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Committee of Ministers : Joint statement on the second European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse issued by 33 member States of the Council of Europe.Strasbourg 21 November 2016
The following countries have supported this statement: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Bulgaria,...
Strasbourg, 17.11.2016 – Ahead of the European Day on the protection of children against sexual...
Statement by Mr Pedro Agramunt, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)Strasbourg 18 november 2016
On the occasion of the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and...
Council of Europe
Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI)
On the occasion of the European Day on the Protection of Children Against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, the CDMSI joins and wishes to express its full support for the Council of Europe’s activities aimed at raising awareness of and preventing such crimes against children. The CDMSI is firmly convinced that media and digital literacy are essential not only to protect children but also to empower them in exercising their right to privacy, to express themselves and to participate in society. In this spirit, the Committee duly drafted the Recommendation Rec(2006)12 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on empowering children in the new information and communications environment. The CDMSI has further contributed by drafting the Council of Europe’s Guide to Human Rights for Internet Users, which is an enabling tool for children to understand and exercise their rights in the online environment. The CDMSI will continue to pay due attention to children’s protection and empowerment in all its activities within its remit.
Video statement by Ms Sílvia Eloïsa Bonet, Andorra, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (in Catalan)
A launch of balloons was organised on the occasion of the European Day in the Andorran Parliament promoted by the Member of the Parliamentary Assembly, Ms Sílvia Eloïsa Bonet.
Video statement by Ms Naira Karapetyan, Armenia, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (in Armenian)
Video statement by Mr Zohrap Yeganyan, Adviser to Defender on Cooperation with Media of the RA Human Rights Defender's Office, Armenia (in Armenian)
Video statement by Mr Stefan Schennach, Austria, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (in German)
ECPAT Austria is organizing the Action Day "Don't Look Away! – also while travelling! Children’s Rights and Child Protection concern us all!”. Students of tourism schools will present and perform creative awareness raising actions at some of the main railway stations. The objective is to sensitise passengers on sexual abuse and exploitation of children and motivating them to report cases to the Austrian reporting website (www.nicht-wegsehen.at). In addition to that, in November and December 2016, the Austrian Railways will display 380 posters on main Austrian railway stations. The key message of the poster is: "Look closely - even when you travel! Report sexual exploitation of children".
On the occasion of the second edition of the European Day, the Austrian Parliament organised a presentation of a new book for 3-6 year-olds called the "on-line zoo", together with ISPA (Internet Service Providers Austria).
Video statement by Ms Sevinj Fataliyeva, Azerbaijan, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (in Azerbaijani)
A discussion with children "STATUS ONLINE: threats and prevention" was organised by the Member of the Parliamentary Assembly, Ms Sevinj Fataliyeva.
Video statement by Ms Jeyran Arif Rahmatullayeva, Chief of Staff of the State Committee on Family, Women and Children Affairs of Azerbaijan Republic (SCFWCA) (in Azerbaijani)
The State Committee on Family, Women and Children Affairs of Azerbaijan Republic (SCFWCA) has translated Council of Europe materials in Azerbaijani. On 18 November, a meeting with children and UNICEF was organised. On 21-22 November community seminars in regional Family Support Centers were held. On 19 november a TV programme was broadcasted and on 22 November a radio programme was aired.
Video statement by Ms Petra De Sutter, Belgium, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (in Dutch)
On the occasion of the European Day, Child Focus organised a roundtable with 25 experts from different fields including justice, psychology and psychiatry, police. Law professionals and researchers also attended the event. Child Focus has launched an awareness raising campaign to stop sexual exploitation of children.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Video statement by Dr Elmedin Muratbegović, Associate Professor, Faculty of Criminal Justice, Criminology and Security Studies, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (in Bosnian)
Video statement by Ms Diana Topčić Rosenberg, Assistant Minister, Directorate for Social Policy, Strategy and Youth, Ministry of Social Policy and Youth of the Republic of Croatia (in Croatian)
On the occasion of the European Day, the Parents' Association Step by step based in Zagreb presented a study that evaluates the impact of the 19 workshops on the theme of child sexual abuse prevention that were carried out from 2011 to 2014 in 19 Croatian towns. These workshops took place as a contribution to the ONE in FIVE Campaign. The aim of the evaluation study is to show the impact and benefits of child abuse prevention programmes and the need to raise awareness.
Video statement by Ms Stella Kyriakides, Cyprus, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (in Greek)
On the occasion of the European Day, the NGO Hope for Children UNCRC Policy Center has organised three events: firstly, a press conference with Ms Anastasia Papadopoulou, expert assigned by the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance in the Ad Hoc Committee for the development of a National Strategy and Action Plan to prevent and combat sexual exploitation and sexual abuse against children. Secondly, an awareness raising event at Faneromeni Square in Nicosia which included workshops and lectures that aimed to inform children about sexual abuse. Thirdly, four workshops for children were held at the American International School, children had the opportunity to learn about sexual abuse, bullying, diversity and human rights.
Video statement by Mr Marek Černoch, Czech Republic, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (in Czech)
Video statement by Ms Petra Kalenská, Human Rights and Protection of Minorities Department, Office of the Government of the Czech Republic (in Czech)
Video statement by Ms Marianne Mikko, Estonia, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (in Estonian)
Video statement by Mr Jean-Claude Mignon, France, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (in French)
Video statement by Mr Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig, Federal Independent Commissioner for Child Sex Abuse Issues, Germany (in German)
A brochure was developed by the Roman Catholic diocese of Trier to encourage professionals active in the pastoral ministry to mark the European Day.
The meeting of the Working Group on Priority Issues „For the safety of our Children” was convened by the Minister of State for Social Affairs and Inclusion on 18 November 2016. In the framework of intersectoral cooperation, the objective of the Working Group is to support the prevention of sexual violence committed against children. At the meeting child abuse cases were examined, the results of which will be made available for child protection experts. The Working Group shall as necessary, propose legislative changes to promote further improvement of the child protection system.
A conference on children’s rights “Stop child abuse” was organised on 18 November by the UNICEF Hungarian Committee, the European Youth Center Budapest, the Hintalovon Foundation and the Delegation of the Flemish Government in Hungary.
The University of Ferrara hosted on 21 November 2016, a conference on “The Fight against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children - The implementation of Lanzarote Convention in Italy: difficulties experienced and outstanding problems”. The event has been organised jointly by the Italian Ombudsperson for Children, Ms. Filomena Albano, and the Department of Law of the University of Ferrara. In addition, the video “Tell someone you trust” and the relevant brochure have been published on the website: www.garanteinfanzia.org
On the occasion of the European Day, the Observatory for the Fight against Paedophilia and Child Pornography met in Florence at Palazzo Strozzi. The Minister for Constitutional Reforms and Relations with the Parliament, proxy for the department of equal opportunity, Ms. Maria Elena Boschi attended the event.The meeting was an opportunity for the members of this recently reconstituted, collective body to share ideas, best practices and future projects related to the implementation of the biannual national plan to prevent and combat the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. The plan is a fundamental policy instrument for the prevention of and fight against the phenomenon.
Other events and initiatives were organised in Italy:
On 10 November - Conference: “Children’s exploitation: a terrible phenomenon that does not decrease” by ECPAT ITALIA ONLUS, in Rome.
On 15 November - Press conference for the launch of the report “Maltreatment and Abuse of Children: a matter public health matter. National survey on the diagnosis of child maltreatment and abuse in hospital five Italian hospital of excellence in Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto, Tuscany and Apulia” organised by Terre des Hommes Italia Onlus in Rome.
On 18 November - Conference: “New protection professionals for minors. The experience of guardians.” organised by CISMAI in Bologna. Seminar: “They thought I did not exist…” – The effects of family conflicts on children, organised by the Regional Ombudsman for Childhood and Adolescence – Emilia Romagna Region, in Milan. Conference “Institutional figures to guarantee children’s rights: prospects and scope of action” organised by the Ombudsman for Childhood and Adolescence of Fiumicino in Fiumicino (Rome).
On 18-19 November - Conference “Speak with her” organised by UniCoopo Florence, in Florence.
On 21 November - Conference: "Combating sexual abuse and exploitation of children. The implementation of the Lanzarote Convention in Italy: implementation and open issues" organised by Ombudsman for Childhood and Adolescence adn University of Ferrara, in Ferrara. Training : “When Mom and Dad are hurt one another, children who witness family violence” organised by the Working Group “Services for Minors and Families, Social District number 6 ATS, Milan - Città Metropolitana – ONLUS Libera Compagnia di Arti e Mestieri Sociali in Pieve Emanuele (Milan).
Video statement by Ms Līga Āboliņa, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Welfare of the Republic of Latvia (in Latvian)
A video specially dedicated to the European Day was launched on 22 November by the State Inspectorate for the Protection of Children's Rights. The video was designed by Children and Youth Hotline 116 111 in order to stop tolerance of sexual violence. It aims to tell everyone that the perpetrator believes that victims will keep a secret. Instead, they must stop the silence to protect their rights to be free of any kind of violence, especially sexual abuse. A campaign entitled "Stop the silence!" was also launched, it aims to provide psychological counselling for victims of sexual abuse as well as encouraging victims to seek help.
The Prevention Management Unit of the State Police of Latvia will organise a press conference and information for media about statistics and ways to help victims. The Latvian version of the video “Tell Someone You Trust” will be launched on the occasion of the Day.
Video statement by Ms Algimanta Pabedinskienė, Minister Social Security and Labour, Republic of Lithuania (in Lithuanian)
Video statement by Ms Anne Brasseur, Luxembourg, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (in Luxembourgish)
Republic of Moldova
Video statement by Mr Valeriu Ghiletchi, Republic of Moldova, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (in Moldovan)
Video statement by Mr. Alexandru Jizdan, Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova (in French)
Video statement by Mr Christian Barilaro, Monaco, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (in French)
Video statement by Ms Béatrice Fresko-Rolfo, Monaco, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (in French)
Video statement by Mr Johan van den Hout, permanent deputy of the North Prabant Regional Council, Netherlands (in Dutch)
Video statement by Ms Mari Trommald, Director of Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs
Video statement by Ms Anna Rurka, President of the Conference of the INGOs of the Council of Europe (in Polish)
Video statement by Mr Krzysztof Sitarski, Poland, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (in Polish)
An event was organised in the Parliament to mark the 2nd edition of the European Day promoted by the National Commission for the promotion of the rights and protection of children and young people.
Video statement by Ms Valentina Syrova, Chair of the Arkhangelsk City Council, Russian Federation (in Russian)
Communiqué adopted by the San Marino authorities on the occasion of the European Day:
The Office of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Political Affairs of the Republic of San Marino adapted the video "Tell Someone You Trust" in Italian and on the occasion of the European Day it was aired on the Emittente Radiotelevisiva Sammarinese.
The National Coordination Centre for Resolving the Issues of Violence against Children at the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family has encompassed promotion of the European Day, in particular through:
- informing the public about the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (in particular promoting and streaming the Council of Europe video Tell Someone You Trust in Slovakian) on the webpage www.detstvobeznasilia.gov.sk and on the Facebook page of the National Coordination Centre. The video is available on the National Coordination Centre’s YouTube page;
- participating, as for 2015, in the Slovak-wide event organised by the NGO Centrum Slniecko.
Video statement by Ms Martina Vuk, State Secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Slovenia (in English) (in Slovenian)
The Government Communication Office of the Republic of Slovenia has adapted the video “Tell Someone You Trust” in Slovenian, and the version sign language – Slovenian. The Slovenian National Broadcaster has broadcasted the video starting from Friday November 11. The sign language version of the video will be posted also on the National Broadcaster website dedicated to people with disabilities.
On 18 November, the Slovenian Association Against Sexual Abuse organised an event in the centre of Ljubljana where the Slovenian version of the video “Tell Someone You Trust” was screened on their stand.
Video statement by Ms Carmen Quintanilla, Spain, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (in Spanish)
Video statement by Mr Jordi Xuclà, Spain, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (in Spanish)
The Federation of Associations for the Prevention of Child Abuse (FAPMI) organises its XIIIth Congress (Murcia, 15-19 November 2016). The Congress will celebrate the European Day and will contribute to reflections in devoting several debates on prevention and elimination of sexual violence against children. A call to mobilisation of professionals, institutions and local authorities will be launched to the participants and their networks.
Video statement by Mr Markus Wiechel, Sweden, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (in Swedish)
NGO La Strada organised an exhibition of drawing made by children on the occasion of the European Day. The leaflet on the European Day was translated into Ukrainian by La Strada with support of British Embassy, 5000 copies were printed and distributed.
Video statement by Mr Geraint Davies, United Kingdom, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
Office of the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children
Video statement by Ms Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography
Video statement by Ms Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography
European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)
Video statement by Dr Astrid Podsiadlowski, Head of Sector on Rights of the Child, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)
eNASCO/ Child Focus
Video statement by Mr Miguel Torres Garcia, Chief Operation Officer, eNASCO/ Child Focus, Brussels, Belgium
Internet Watch Foundation
Video statement by Mr Kristof Claesen, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Internet Watch Foundation
L. RAPHAEL GENEVE
The French version of “Tom’s Secret”, a short video animation for parents and children, will be launched on the occasion of the European Day. The video was written by child sexual abuse experts, and it is an initiative of L. RAPHAEL GENEVE and the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel. Initially produced in Hebrew, it was then adapted into English, French and Russian.
Missing Children Europe
SOS Children's Villages International
Video statement by Mr Ronan Mangan, EU Policy Advisor, EU Liaison Office, SOS Children's Villages International
organised by ECPAT and hosted by the Council of Europe
On 18 November ECPAT International convened a global forum for adult survivors of childhood sexual exploitation. The Forum was hosted by the Council of Europe in the Headquarters in Strasbourg.
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