Reservations and Declarations for Treaty No.201 - Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse

Nature of declaration : Objections
Status as of 06/03/2021

Belgium

Objection contained in a letter from the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Affairs and Foreign Trade of Belgium, transmitted by a Note verbale from the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the Council of Europe, dated 18 December 2020, registered at the Secretariat General on 19 December 2020 – Or. Fr.

The Kingdom of Belgium has carefully examined the declarations made by the Republic of Azerbaijan upon ratification, on 19 December 2019, of the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (Lanzarote, 25 October 2007, CETS No. 201).

The Kingdom of Belgium considers that by unilaterally excluding the application of the Convention by the Republic of Azerbaijan in respect of another State Party, in this case the Republic of Armenia, the first declaration in fact constitutes a reservation.

Such a reservation is inadmissible under Article 48 of the Convention, which prohibits reservations to the Convention except for those specifically mentioned, which do not include the reservation in question made by the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Furthermore, the Kingdom of Belgium considers that this reservation is contrary to the functioning of the multilateral treaty framework in general, which does not allow, unless expressly provided for in the treaty concerned, the unilateral exclusion of the territory of a State which intends to become or is a State Party, by another State which intends to become or is a State Party, from the application of multilateral treaty obligations. The Kingdom of Belgium therefore considers that this reservation is contrary to the object and purpose of the Convention as a multilateral treaty.

Consequently, the Kingdom of Belgium objects to the above-mentioned declaration made by the Republic of Azerbaijan with regard to the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse. This objection shall not constitute an obstacle to the entry into force of the Convention between the Kingdom of Belgium and the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Period covered: 19/12/2020 -
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