Video presentation at the San Diego International Conference on Global Strategies to Help Refugee and Displaced Children

29 January 2017

On 29 January 2017, Tomáš Boček participated, via a pre-recorded video message, in a conference organised in San Diego by the Global Institute on Refugee and Displaced Children of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN). The general theme of the conference...

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Statement on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November 2016

We were running from violence, she said… Aysa, a 17-year-old Afghan migrant girl whom I met during my missions. Indeed violence became a reality along her way to Europe and even when she arrived. Before her eyes, her mother was beaten, threatened and subjected to extortion. Her mother later on...

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Statement on the occasion of the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse

18 November 2016

Migrant and refugee children are particularly vulnerable to sexual exploitation and abuse. During my fact-finding missions I have seen evidence of this. In the Council of Europe action plan that I am preparing to protect these children, we will be proposing assistance to the member states on how...

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Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland announced that Tomáš Boček will be his Special Representative on Migration and Refugees

26 January 2016

“The ongoing migrant flows are creating unprecedented challenges for European states,” Jagland said. “Challenges to solidarity, to safety and security and to human rights. Attacks on homes and shelters, the use of excessive force by police at borders, and poor conditions in camps are reported....

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