Secretary General welcomes French law banning parental violence against children

3 July 2019 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland welcomed the adoption of a law in France banning the use of violence against their children by their parents. The law prohibiting educational violence, unanimously adopted yesterday by the Senate, bans cruel and degrading treatment, including all recourse to...

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“Sexting”: children themselves don’t produce “child pornography”

2 July 2019 Strasbourg

“Sexting” by children (generating, receiving and sharing sexually suggestive or explicit images/videos of themselves through mobile technology) does not amount to conduct related to “child pornography”, when it is intended solely for the children’s own private use. Children coerced into such...

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Call for Consultants for a Review of training strategies and materials for Law Enforcement, Judges and Prosecutors and development of a pilot training module

27 June 2019 Strasbourg

While the exact number of Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (OCSEA) victims is unknown, reports show that tens of thousands of children, of all ages, fall victim to OCSEA each year. This crime is often transnational in nature and ever evolving. To ensure effective investigation and...

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Opportunity to coordinate child participation at the next Council of Europe Children’s Rights conference

26 June 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe is holding a call for applications from international NGOs / international consultants to prepare, coordinate and implement child participation at its upcoming Children’s Rights conference. The conference will mark the mid-term evaluation of the Council of Europe Strategy...

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Final conference of the Parliamentary Campaign to end detention of migrant children

26 June 2019 Strasbourg

The Parliamentary Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children is hosting its final conference. This event will sum up the work done by the PACE Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons and the Council of Europe Children’s Rights Division in the framework of the Campaign since...

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First fact-finding visit under the Council of Europe Project to End Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse@Europe

18-21 June 2019 Baku, Azerbaijan

The Council of Europe Project to End Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse @ Europe (EndOCSEA@Europe Project) promotes, facilitates and supports member state actions to prevent and combat child sexual exploitation and abuse facilitated by information and communication technologies (OCSEA);...

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Screening of persons working with refugee children insufficient to protect them from sexual abuse

7 June 2019 Strasbourg

European states have only partially implemented recommendations of 2017 to protect children affected by the refugee crisis from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, concluded an evaluation report adopted by the Lanzarote Committee at its latest meeting. The report looks at the follow-up given by...

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Hungarian authorities have not done enough to protect migrant children from sexual abuse along Serbian-Hungarian border

6 June 2019 Strasbourg

A report adopted today by the Committee of the Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (“Lanzarote Committee”) “deplores” the lack of effective measures taken to protect migrant and asylum-seeking children from sexual...

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Stakeholders and experts exploring ways to strengthen the coordination and implementation mechanisms of the Lanzarote Convention in the Republic of Moldova

31 May 2019 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

A field research mission of the mapping study on the effective implementation of the Lanzarote Convention in the Republic of Moldova concludes today by a de-briefing workshop organised for key stakeholders in Chisinau by the Council of Europe project on Protecting children from sexual...

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Council of Europe-UNHCR seminar on protecting refugee and migrant children in Portugal

27-28 May 2019 Lisbon, Portgal

Key stakeholders from the Council of Europe, UNHCR (the United Nation’s refugee agency) and national experts from Portugal gathered in Lisbon for a seminar to discuss the “Effective Protection of Refugee and Migrant Children in Portugal”. The two-day event, organised jointly by the Council of...

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Hear us out! Children in migration speak out about age assessment

27 May 2019 Strasbourg

Children who have undergone age assessment generally do not know that they have rights. This is among the main findings of a new report published by the Council of Europe on children’s experiences with age assessment. The report is based on the outcome of consultations with 52 unaccompanied...

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Children in the Republic of Moldova taken through a journey on the rights of the child

19 May 2019 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

On 19 May, the Council of Europe Office in Chisinau and the National Children’s Library “Ion Creanga” of the Republic of Moldova, jointly organised an interactive event on the rights of the child at the library premises. Approximately 50 children participated in the event to celebrate in advance...

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1st Regional Conference addressing Online child sexual exploitation and abuse

16-17 May 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe organised the first Regional Conference on the Council of Europe’s project to end online child sexual exploitation and abuse @ Europe (EndOCSEA@Europe). While the exact number of victims of online child sexual exploitation and abuse (OCSEA) is unknown, reports show that tens...

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Stepping up action to combat violence against children within the UN 2030 Agenda

13 May 2019 Vienna, Austria

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Social Affairs Committee, meeting in Vienna, encouraged member States’ governments and parliaments to step up their involvement in the implementation and monitoring of target 16.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)*, to end...

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The Republic of Moldova celebrates European values

11 May 2019 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

The Council of Europe Office in Chisinau is participating in the European Day festivities in the central park Stefan cel Mare in Chisinau. Organised by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova, the European Village aims to bring European values closer to the citizens of the...

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Grant opportunities for awareness raising to prevent and combat Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

23 April 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe is holding a call for applications for grants to fund projects to raise awareness amongst different target groups, to prevent and combat online child sexual exploitation and abuse (OCSEA), in the framework of the project End Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse @...

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HELP course on child-friendly justice launched in the Republic of Moldova

12 April 2019 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

The Council of Europe HELP course on child-friendly justice was officially launched today in Chisinau by the Council of Europe and the National Institute of Justice of the Republic of Moldova. “The distance learning course is innovative and remarkable. In addition to our own members, we have also...

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Strengthening civil society participation in implementing and monitoring the Lanzarote Convention

8-9 April 2019 Strasbourg

Engaging civil society is crucial in preventing and combating child sexual exploitation and abuse. To further strengthen cooperation, the Council of Europe organised an International Conference dedicated to civil society on 8-9 April 2019 in Strasbourg. This international conference gathered over...

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Deputy Secretary General opens 12th European Forum on the rights of the child in Brussels

2 April 2019 Brussels, Belgium

“Action against violence. Action to protect against abuse in the digital age. Action to support migrant and refugee children” emphasized Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni while opening the 12th European Forum on the rights of the child in Brussels. Deputy Secretary General underlined the relevance of...

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Call for consultants: Gap analysis of legislation, policies and practices regarding Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

1 April 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe is looking for a consultant(s) to perform a gap analysis in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine. The analysis will strengthen legislation, policies and practices and enhance multi-stakeholder co-operation in the field of preventing and combating Online Child Sexual Exploitation...

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