Moldova to sign Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse
Minister of Justice Vitalie Parlog will represent Moldova at the signing of the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, which will take place during the 28th Conference of European Ministers of Justice, on October 25-26 in the Spanish city of Lanzarote.
According to the conference agenda, discussions will focus on access to justice for children, including children in conflict with the law, taking into consideration the requirements of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the European Convention on Human Rights and the measures laid down in the European Convention on the Exercise of Children’s Rights and the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse. Issues linked to the placement of children in care, the role of the State and the rights of children in care will also be discussed.
At the same time, The Ministers of Justice of the member States of the Council of Europe will promote and develop a common approach to improve access to justice for vulnerable groups. Two specific categories of particularly vulnerable persons will be highlighted: migrants and asylum seekers, and children.
Massive flows of migrants and asylum seekers pose an unprecedented challenge for Europe, creating tensions as well as new opportunities. The Conference will deal with the question of access to justice for migrants and asylum seekers who need special protection and should be entitled to exercise their fundamental rights like any other person, regardless of their nationality or status. Focus will be on the rule of law and respect for human rights while proposing solutions to the difficulties encountered by these specific vulnerable groups.
The conference will be prepared within separate and joint meetings of the European Committee on Legal Co-operation and the European Committee on Crime problems.