Welcome to canee.net!

The webpage canee.net is run by the Empowering Children Foundation (formerly Nobody's Children Foundation), based in Poland, with financial support of the OAK Foundation. It is dedicated to the problem of abused and neglected children in Central and Eastern Europe. It includes information on the scale and various dimensions of this negative phenomenon in Central and Eastern Europe – results of research, statistics and legislation in force concerning situation of children. This page also consists of descriptions of activities undertaken in order to protect children’s rights.

Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in detention in Greece

© Rafael Ben-Ari – Fotolia.com
© Rafael Ben-Ari – Fotolia.com
Migrant and asylum-seeking children traveling without parents or relatives (so called unaccompanied), are being locked up in police cells and detention centers in Greece. In August 2017, in response to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) open letter, Greece's migration ministry pledged that by the end of 2017, all unaccompanied children will be placed in special shelters or safe zones. HRW informes that in December 2017 54 unaccompanied children were still detained in so-called "protective custody" in police station cells or in immigrant detention centers.

“Child-friendly justice” from children perspective – report of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (2017)

Around 2.5 million children participate in judicial proceedings across the European Union (EU) every year, affected by parental divorce or as victims of, or witnesses to, crime. Although their effective participation in such proceedings is vital for improving the operation of justice, the treatment of children in justice systems remains a concern. The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) investigated to what extent children's rights to be heard, to be informed, to be protected, and to non-discrimination are fulfilled in practice.

The Empowering Children Foundation alerts: 4 out of 10 of Polish children have contact with pornography

According to the latest research of the Empowering Children Foundation "Contact of children and teenagers with pornography" 43% of young people in Poland aged between 11 and 18 have contact with pornography (28% of them aged between 11 and 14). 18% of them at least once a week. Children, whose parents have not set any rules for using the Internet, find pornographic and sexual content twice more often. The intensity of contact with such content increases with the age of the respondents. The contact with pornography is varied due to sex - 50% of boys and 36% of girls have contact with such content.

“Everyone deserves to be happy and safe” – the report about online and offline sexual abuse

The researchers from the universities of Bath and Birmingham explored and compared how online and offline sexual abuse impacts young people, and how professionals respond to it. The report "Everyone deserves to be happy and safe" presents findings worth thinking.

“Careful Parents” – the newest campaign of the Empowering Children Foundation

On November 23, 2017 the Empowering Children Foundation launched its new campaign "Careful Parents". It highlights the central role of parental mindfulness in protecting children from online      threats, especially online grooming.

Report: Online sexual coercion and extortion as a form of crime affecting children. Law enforcement perspective

The newest report of the Europol (the European Union's law enforcement agency) "Online sexual coercion and extortion as a form of crime affecting children. Law enforcement perspective" describes this online threat and recommends various actions to prevent it and fight with it.

Children’s rights and biomedicine

The Council of Europe's Committee on Bioethics new study on children's rights challenges in biomedicine: "From Law to Practice: Towards a Roadmap to Strengthen Children's Rights in the Era of Biomedicine" (2017).

Migrant Children: IOM/UNICEF Report (September 2017)

Migrant and refugee children and youth trying to reach Europe face appalling levels of human rights abuses, with 77 per cent of those traveling along the Central Mediterranean route reporting direct experiences of abuse, exploitation, and practices which may amount to human trafficking - IOM, the UN Migration Agency and UNICEF say in a new report "Harrowing Journeys" (September 2017).

Moldova on the seventy-sixth session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Today, on September 11, 2017 starts in Geneva the seventy-sixth session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. On September 18, the combined fourth and fifth periodic report on the implementation of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child will be presented by the Republic of Moldova. It contains data and information for the period between 1 January 2009 and 31 December 2014.