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Council of Europe: second report on “Protection of children against sexual abuse” in the family tomorrow

(Strasbourg) A key item on the weekly agenda of the Council of Europe is the publication on Tuesday, 13 February, of the second report on the “Protection of children against sexual abuse in the circle of trust”. The report was compiled by the Council of Europe’s Lanzarote Committee which analysed the “strategies and practices in 26 European countries”. The Lanzarote Committee is responsible for systematically monitoring the implementation of the Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, the so-called Lanzarote Convention of 2007. Another important item on the Council’s agenda will be the first ever visit of a COE delegation to Georgia for the definition of a new project on the fight against discrimination, hate crimes and hate speech in the country. Sitting around the table will be governmental bodies and NGOs, ministers and ombudsmen. Another event worth noting is the visit of CoE Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland to Turkey (15-16 February), where he will meet members of the Government, the Parliament and the Constitutional Court. CoE Deputy Secretary General, Battaini-Dragoni Gabriella, will instead travel to Stockholm to participate in the high-level conference “Agenda 2030 for Children, End Violence Solutions Summit”, organised by the Government Offices of Sweden and the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children. The goal of the event is to “highlight and share mutually supporting initiatives that advance the cause of children’s rights, and to prevent and bring to an end all forms of violence against children”.

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