New guide: Protecting Children from Online Sexual Exploitation, published by ECPAT International and Religions for Peace

The publication of the new Guide was supported by the UNICEF. It was launched at the 5th Forum of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) on May, 11, 2017. The Guide aims to help religious communities worldwide harness their strengths to prevent, respond to and end online child sexual exploitation.


Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights calls on Italy not to weaken the protection of children’s rights in the justice

The Commissioner Nils Muižnieks expresses concerns about the bill on the efficiency of civil judicial proceedings.

The European Commission issued a Communication on the protection of children in migration

On April 12, 2017 The European Commission issued a Communication on the protection of children in migration. It is the first of its kind which addresses the protection of all migrant children. The previous instruments were focused on certain categories of children (unaccompanied foreign minors, asylum seekers, etc.). The text explicitly mentions the vulnerability of unaccompanied foreign minors to exploitation and trafficking as well as the role guardians can play to prevent children falling prey to trafficking.

Parental trolling – first judgement in Poland

It is the first case in Poland of bringing a child into ridicule in the Internet (parental trolling) that ended with judgement on April 9, 2017.

The new amendment to Polish penal code tightens the penalties for serious crimes against children

On April 11, 2017 Polish President Andrzej Duda signed an amendment to the penal code, which tightens the penalties for serious crimes against the health and freedom of the children. The changes will come into effect on July 1, 2017.

Women and Children Flee Famine and War in South Sudan

Since the fighting escalated in July 2016, more than half a million refugees have escaped from South Sudan, the majority into Uganda. This is now Africa's largest refugee crisis: more than 1.5 million people have fled South Sudan since the conflict erupted in December 2013. 86 percent of them are women and children.

Orbis Hotel Group implemented the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism

The Orbis Hotel Group as the first in Poland implemented the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism with the support of the Empowering Children Foundation.

Mumbai Police speak against child abuse: #LetKidsSpeakUp

While the police is often vilified for being lackadaisical and incompetent to take up gender-sensitive initiative, the Mumbai Police have spoken against child abuse while initiating a campaign on social media. Titled #LetKidsSpeakUp, the campaign addresses child abuse and the plight a kid goes through following a similar experience.

Asylum Seekers Blocked at Polish – Belarusian Border

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On 1 March 2017 Human Rights Watch published the report about the situation of asylum seekers at the Belarus-Poland border. Since 2016, large numbers of asylum seekers, mostly from the Russian Republic of Chechnya, but also from Tajikistan and Georgia, have tried to apply for asylum in Poland at the border with Belarus. Most of them are families with children. Polish authorities routinely deny them the right to apply for asylum and instead summarily return them to Belarus.

Lithuania prohibits all corporal punishment of children

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On 14 February 2017, the Lithuanian Parliament passed amendments to the Law on the Fundamentals of Protection of the Rights of the Child prohibiting all corporal punishment of children. It was the reaction on the January's case of the 4-year-old boy beaten to death by family members. Shocked Lithuanian society started demanding a legal ban on violence against children.