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  • Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers on the rights of the child in the digital environment

    Council of Europe, Europarat

    How to better respect, protect and fulfil the rights of the child in the digital environment is at the core of the new Recommendation adopted today by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. Building on international and European legal instruments, the text provides comprehensive guidelines for action by European governments. The digital environment shapes children’s lives in many ways, creating opportunities and risks to their well-being and enjoyment of human rights. Governments are recommended to review their legislation, policies and practices to ensure that these adequately address the full range of the rights of the child. States should also ensure that business enterprises and other key partners meet their human rights responsibilities and are held accountable in case of abuses.

  • Report of the 2014 Day of General Discussion “Digital media and children’s rights”

    UN-Committee on the Rights of the Child, UN Ausschuss für die Rechte des Kindes

    The Days of General Discussion of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (DGD) seek to foster a deeper understanding of specific articles or topics of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by providing a forum for discussion between policy-makers, practitioners and researchers with the Committee. On 12 September 2014, the Committee devoted its twenty-first Day of General Discussion to “Digital Media and Children’s Rights”.

  • Factsheet on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

    European Commission, Europäische Kommission

    The European Commission has worked out a fact sheet on the EU Data Protection Reform, which will take effect from 25 May 2018.

  • Children's Rights Map

    Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte, Netzwerk Kinderrechte, Save the Children

    The map is only available in German language. With the map of children's rights, the monitoring body of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child of the German Institute for Human Rights shows to what extent individual children's rights are implemented and anchored in Germany's federal states.

  • The Impact of Domain Names on Children’s Rights and Child Safety

    Jutta Croll, Stiftung Digitale Chancen, Stiftung Digitale Chancen

    The presentation explains domain name registration. It shows risks for children and countermeasures.

  • The Declaration of Rome

    Pontificia Universita Gregoriana; World Congress: Child Dignity in the Digital World

    From 3rd to 6th of October 2017 the Child Dignity World Congress took place at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. Among the 30 speakers at the congress was Jutta Croll, representing the project „Children’s Rights and Child protection“ at Stiftung Digitale Chancen. In a concluding audience the „Declaration of Rome“ was presented to Pope Francis by the congress participants, appealing governments, industry and the civil society to stand up for the protection of the rights and the dignity of children.

  • UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN-CRC) - full text

    UN-Committee on the Rights of the Child, Vereinte Nationen

    Adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989, entry into force 2 September 1990, in accordance with article 49

  • November 1989

    UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN-CRC)

    General Assembly of the United Nations, Vereinte Nationen

    The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN-CRC) is the most important human rights instrument for children. It was passed on November 20th, 1989, by the General Assembly of the United Nations. It is the most ratified UN-Convention - every member state has signed it, except for the United States. The Federal Republic of Germany signed it on January 26th, 1990, and it came into effect on April 5th, 1992. The rights of children were written down in 54 articles, and oblige the state to their implementation, that is, to respect, protect and fulfill them.

  • March 2016

    Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2016-2021)

    Council of Europe

    Since launching the Programme "Building a Europe for and with children", in Monaco in 2006, the Council of Europe has implemented strategies over a series of policy cycles to guide its work on children’s rights.

  • May 2011

    Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence

    Convention No. 210; Istanbul
    Council of Europe

    This new landmark treaty of the Council of Europe opens the path for creating a legal framework at pan-European level to protect women against all forms of violence, and prevent, prosecute and eliminate violence against women and domestic violence. The definition of “women” includes girls under the age of 18.

    Additional content for: Digital Literacy

  • October 2007

    Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse

    Convention No. 201; Lanzarote
    Council of Europe, Europarat

    This Convention is the first instrument to establish the various forms of sexual abuse of children as criminal offences, including such abuse committed in the home or family, with the use of force, coercion or threats.

  • November 2001

    Convention on Cybercrime

    ETS No 185; Budapest
    Council of Europe, Europarat

    The Convention is the first international treaty on crimes committed via the Internet and other computer networks, dealing particularly with infringements of copyright, computer-related fraud, child pornography and violations of network security. It also contains a series of powers and procedures such as the search of computer networks and interception.

  • May 1996

    European Social Charter (revised)

    Covention No. 163; Strasbourg
    Council of Europe, Europarat

    The European Social Charter (revised) of 1996 embodies in one instrument all rights guaranteed by the Charter of 1961, its additional Protocol of 1988 (ETS No. 128) and adds new rights and amendments adopted by the Parties. It is gradually replacing the initial 1961 treaty.