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10th Anniversary of the Lanzarote Convention

24-25 October 2017 Strasbourg

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening for signature of the Convention for the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse (“Lanzarote Convention”), a conference on “Ending sexual exploitation and abuse of children: Towards a world of trust” will gather...

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New Guide for Parliamentarians: Visiting places where children are deprived of their liberty as a result of immigration procedures

11 October 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has launched a guide to equip parliamentarians to visit children held in immigration detention. Parliamentarians, as policy makers, have the power to bring immigration detention of children to an end. It is vital for them to be informed about the effects of immigration...

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International conference “Immigration Detention of Children: Coming To A Close?”

25 & 26 September 2017 Prague

The conference, which took place in Prague on 25-26 September and hosted by Czech Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, served as a unique opportunity to exchange know-how in a number of key areas including existing international human rights standards, views and approaches of regional and...

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Age assessment of young migrants: child’s best interests must be safeguarded, invasive methods avoided

20 September 2017 Strasbourg

A new report “Age assessment: Council of Europe member states’ policies, procedures and practices respectful of children’s rights in the context of migration” has been issued today. This report, prepared by an independent expert, is based on a survey conducted in 37 Council of Europe member...

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Montenegro bans corporal punishment of children in all settings

17 September 2017 Montenegro

Legal amendments were made in 2016 to the Montenegrin Family Law of 2007, explicitly banning corporal punishment of children in all settings. These were passed and have subsequently entered into force. This brings to 32 the number of Council of Europe member States to have prohibited all corporal...

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Ukraine: First training of trainers workshop on Child-Friendly Justice

13 September 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe project Combating violence against women and children in Ukraine organises a Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop for the HELP courses on Child-Friendly Justice and Violence against Women and Domestic Violence on 13-15th of October 2017 in Kyiv in collaboration with the...

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Call for consultation: guidelines for member States to promote, protect and fulfil children’s rights in the digital environment

31 July 2017 Strasbourg

In accordance with its terms of reference, and in line with the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2016-2021), the Ad Hoc Committee for the Rights of the Child (CAHENF) is elaborating guidelines for member States to promote, protect and fulfil children’s rights in the digital...

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Ending all forms of violence against children by 2030

18 July 2017 Strasbourg

A new brochure was issued on the occasion of a UN High-level event on "Ending Child Poverty and Violence against Children to achieve the sustainable development goals", held in New York on 18 July 2017. It contains a brief overview of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in relation to ending all...

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Lanzarote Committee delegation visits transit zones in Hungary

5-6 July 2017 Hungary

A delegation of members of the Lanzarote Committee visited Hungary to assess the situation of children in the transit zones of Röske and Tompa in the south of the country. The visit, at the invitation of the Hungarian authorities, follows the call made in March by the Council of Europe for...

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New study on children’s rights challenges in biomedicine

4 July 2017 Strasbourg

The study, prepared by researchers from Leiden University Law School (the Netherlands), analyses the relevance of existing international and European legal principles to address the challenges posed to the rights of the child by scientific and technological developments in biomedicine and...

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1st Steering Group meeting of the project “Combating violence against women and children in Ukraine”

29 June 2017 Kiev, Ukraine

The first Steering Group meeting of the Council of Europe project Combating violence against women and children in Ukraine is organized on 29th June 2017 in the premises of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine in Kiev. The meeting gathers focal points from the Ministries of Social Policy,...

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New monitoring round on protecting children from ICT-facilitated sexual abuse

20 June 2017 Strasbourg

The Lanzarote Committee of the Council of Europe has embarked on a new monitoring round under its Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (“the Lanzarote Convention”). The new round will focus on protecting children against sexual exploitation and...

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Annual HELP Network Conference for friendly justice

19-20 June 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s programme “Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals” (HELP) will hold its annual network conference on “HELP for friendly justice”. Ways to implement and improve human rights training among legal professionals (judges, prosecutors or lawyers) and the launch of HELP...

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Conference on the Future of Citizenship and Human Rights Education in Europe

20-22 June 2017 Strasbourg

This conference will address the promotion of democracy and human rights through education. Around 300 representatives of governments, education institutions and civil society organisations will discuss current challenges and opportunities, share examples of good practices and lessons learnt, and...

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Human Rights Commissioner: "Increase child protection in family reunification procedures"

19 June 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, calls on member States to ensure that the best interests of the child is a primary consideration in all family reunification decisions. In an issue paper on family reunification, the Commissioner adopted 36 recommendations,...

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Thematic workshop on combating violence against women and children

15 June 2017 Odessa, Ukraine

The Council of Europe project Combating violence against women and children in Ukraine organizes on 15th of June its first project activity, a thematic workshop for civil society organisations working on women’s and children’s rights issues. The objective of the workshop is threefold: raise the...

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Launch of the European Barnahus Movement

14 June 2017 Brussels, Belgium

The European Barnahus Movement is launched on the 14th June 2017 in Brussels in the framework of the PROMISE project implemented by the Council of the Baltic Sea States. Claude Janizzi, Chairman of the Committee of the Parties (“the Lanzarote Committee”) to the Council of Europe Convention on the...

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Congress of Local and Regional Authorities

Seminar on efforts to combat the sexual abuse of children

13 June 2017 Belgrade, Serbia

Local and regional authorities are on the frontline in the efforts to combat the sexual abuse of children. How can we share and develop practical initiatives at local and regional level to prevent this evil? This is the subject which will be discussed by national associations of local and...

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Online survey open for updating the Human Rights manual “Compasito”

13 June 2017 Strasbourg

10 years after launching COMPASITO, the Council of Europe’s manual on Human Rights Education for Children, it is time to update it and make it fit for the next 10 years! In order to integrate the experiences of all users of the manual, an online survey has been set up where every user can propose...

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Czech Chairmanship’s priorities and focus on children’s rights

2 June 2017 Strasbourg

From May to November 2017, the Czech Republic chairs the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. As set out in their policy paper, the protection of the rights of the child is one of the priority areas during their chairmanship. To that effect, several important events will be organised...

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