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National Priorities of the Russian Federation: Protection of Children

 

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Committee of the Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse held its 30th meeting in the remote format on  the KUDO platform. 

The Committee focused on the consideration of chapters within the preparation of  the preliminary draft implementation report, including Chapter I (Legal frameworks), Chapter “0” (The contribution of children), Chapter IV ( International cooperation) , Chapter V (Assistance to victims), Chapter VI ( Civil society involvement and cooperation).

The Committee also noted that a number of  chapters are still under revision. This concerns Chapter VII (Awareness-raising or educational activities / tools / materials / measures), Chapter VIII( National curriculum), Chapter IX( Higher education curriculum and continuous training),  and Chapter X (Research).

The revised versions  will be submitted in due time for examination at its  31st plenary meeting (29-31 March 2021).

Decided that Parties could send proposals to the draft text  by 15 February 2021. Comments should be added to explain and justify any changes.

The session also included  debriefing of the exchange of information held on the use of digital tools to automatically detect online child sexual abuse and exploitation material, head brief reports of participation in meetings of Council of Europe bodies on the Lanzarote Committee’s behalf, and outlined the data  about the 6th edition of the European Day on the protection of Children against Sexual exploitation and Sexual Abuse (18 November).

The Committee also discussed the data of  Council of Europe cooperation projects on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse.

The Committee approved the appointment of a Lanzarote Committee representative to the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ).

The  delegation of the Russian Federation to the plenary session included the following officials:
-  Larisa P.  Falkovskaya, Director of the Department for Children’s Rights Protection State Policy,  Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation
-  Olga V. Opanasenko, Counsellor to the Department for Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights, European Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
-  Maria A. Simonova,  Dr.Sc. in History, Director of Educational and Scientific Institute of Comparative Educational Policy, RUDN University
-  Anastasia A. Atabekova, Dr. Sc. in Comparative Linguistics, LLM in Criminal Proceedings, Professor of RUDN University.
The deputy director of the Federal State Budgetary Institution Center for the Protection of Rights and Interests of Children  Marina Zaitseva and the counsellor of  the Department for Children’s Rights’ Protection State Policy (Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation) Vasilina Bodnarchuk also followed the session.

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Scientific-practical workshop
Monitoring the implementation of the 2007 Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse provisions into the Russian legislation

On November 26, 2020, VI scientific-practical workshop (interagency meeting) took place. It focused on the implementation of the provisions of the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse of October 25, 2007 (hereinafter referred to as the Lanzarote Convention) into the legislation of the Russian Federation.

The workshop was organized by the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, the Ministry of Education of Russia, and the Center for the Protection of the Rights and Interests of Children.

The event was held in a remote format.

The workshop engaged  representatives of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, the General Prosecutor's Office of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, the Office of the Presidential Ombudsman for Children's Rights,  the Federal State Budgetary Institution  Serbsky National Medical Research Center for Psychiatry and Narcology of the Ministry of Health of Russia, St. Petersburg State University, constituent entities of the Russian Federation and others.

The participants discussed issues of cooperation between the Council of Europe and the Russian Federation, the results of the second monitoring round of the Committee of the Parties to the Convention, got acquainted with the results of the all-Russian monitoring of the Convention provisions implementation, introduced the best practices of  work with child victims of sexual crimes.

The meeting resulted in a list of the proposals, namely the following:

- to continue the monitoring in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation on the implementation of the  Lanzarote Convention provisions into the Russian legislation;

- to continue analysis of the best practices of assistance provision to child victims of abuse (including sexual violence) in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and foreign countries;

- to continue the practice of  interagency meetings on the implementation of the Lanzarote Convention provisions  into the Russian legislation.

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POST-RELEASE

On 23rd  November,2020 the 29th meeting of the Committee of the Parties  (hereinafter referred to as “the Lanzarote Committee” or “the Committee”) to the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation took place.

The virtual meeting was held through the KUDO platform.

The session was convened with regard to the discussion of the legal chapters of the 2nd monitoring round draft implementation report.

The Parties considered terminological issues, explored specific reference to child-self-generated sexual material in legal frameworks of the Lanzarote Convention, considered some initial recommendations.

The discussion included a number of issues.

The degree of the recommendations mandatory nature was also subject to opinions exchange.

The secretariat and bureau also mentioned the need to get information from the Parties with regard to the reservations allowed by Article 20(3).

The majority of  those who took the floor agreed on the  need to consider the prosecution of children who produced and shared their self-generated sexual content as a last resort.

The debates also concerned the binding /non-binding status of  documents ( Opinions, Declarations, etc.) that the Committee adopted during its years of operation, after the Convention was adopted in 2007.

The  delegation of the Russian Federation to the plenary session included the following officials:

-  Larisa P.  Falkovskaya, Director of the Department for Children’s Rights Protection State Policy,  Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation

-  Olga V. Opanasenko, Counsellor to the Department for Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights, European Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

-  Maria A. Simonova,  Dr.Sc. in History, Director of Educational and Scientific Institute of Comparative Educational Policy, RUDN University

-  Anastasia A. Atabekova, Dr. Sc. in Comparative Linguistics, LLM in Criminal Proceedings, Professor of RUDN University.

The deputy director of the Federal State Budgetary Institution Center for the Protection of Rights and Interests of Children  Marina Zaitseva and the counsellor of  the Department for Children’s Rights’ Protection State Policy (Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation) Vasilina Bodnarchuk also followed the session.

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The Committee of the Parties (hereinafter referred to as “the Lanzarote Committee” or “the Committee”) to the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (hereinafter referred to as “the Lanzarote Convention” or “the Convention”) held its 28th meeting remotely on KUDO on 21-25 September 2020.

The  delegation of the Russian Federation to the plenary session included the following officials:

-  Larisa P.  Falkovskaya, Director of the Department for Children’s Rights Protection State Policy,  Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation

-  Olga V. Opanasenko, Counsellor to the Department for Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights, European Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

-  Maria A. Simonova,  Dr.Sc. in History, Director of Educational and Scientific Institute of Comparative Educational Policy, RUDN University

-  Anastasia A. Atabekova, Dr. Sc. in Comparative Linguistics, LLM in Criminal Proceedings, Professor of RUDN University.

The deputy director of the Federal State Budgetary Institution Center for the Protection of Rights and Interests of Children  Marina Zaitseva and the counsellor of  the Department for Children’s Rights’ Protection State Policy (Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation) Vasilina Bodnarchuk also followed the session.

During the meeting, the Lanzarote Committee paid particular attention to the text of  preliminary draft implementation report on the results the second monitoring round under the title The protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse facilitated by ICTs.

The Committee  discussed  the title specification issues, considered the text of some chapters and underlined the need to  draft the recommendations as precisely as possible, so as to ensure a clear understanding of what would  is expected of the Parties at the follow-up stage.

The Russian delegation took the floor and underlined that bearing in mind the emerging practice of indicators as the form of Parties activities’ assessment the party considered it critical to discuss and specify indicators, criteria of assessment, etc. and adopt them by voting within the Committee before and not at the end stage of the monitoring  round itself.

The Committee  discussed the possibility of using indicators as elements explaining in detail what is expected of the Parties to implement each one of the recommendations and mentioned the possibility of forming working groups composed of representatives of Parties and independent experts to prepare such indicators. In this regard, decided that- it would not embark on such an exercise for the current monitoring round implementation report not to slow down its adoption. The Committee  also decided to entrust its Bureau to put forward concrete suggestions as to how to proceed for the elaboration of such indicators in the future.

Given the importance of the report text, the Committee decided to convene a one-day plenary remote meeting on 16 November 2020, for an initial exchange of views on the full text.

The Committee also considered the situation with regard to the situation on the  follow-up activities by Parties with respect to the 10 “consider” recommendations of the special report Protecting children affected by the refugee crisis from sexual exploitation.  The Committee  decided to extend the deadline for the Parties to submit such information so that Parties could  submit the material  to the Secretariat  by 10 October 2020 at the latest.

The Committee also decided to agree on a few possible themes for the third monitoring round during its 30th plenary meeting (7-11 December 2020) so that factsheets for each of such themes could thereafter be prepared to enable the Committee to take a final decision on one of them at its first meeting in 2021.

The session also included  exchange of information, experiences and good practices from national authorities, international governmental and non-governmental organisations, experts, as well as services of the Council of Europe, Parliamentary Assembly and Congress of Regional and Local Authorities of the Council of Europe.

Specific emphasis was laid on the 2020 edition of the European Day on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse (18 November). This year it will focus  on Preventing risky behaviour by children: sexually explicit images and/or videos of children generated by children.

The list of awareness raising materials on this behaviour will be displayed on the website dedicated to the European Day, on grounds of  the Observations on the replies to Question 1 of the Thematic Questionnaire of the Committee’s 2nd monitoring round.

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POST-RELEASE
The Committee of the Parties (hereinafter referred to as “the Lanzarote Committee” or “the Committee”) to the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (hereinafter referred to as “the Lanzarote Convention” or “the Convention”) held its 27th meeting remotely on KUDO on 15-17 June 2020.

   The  delegation of the Russian Federation to the plenary session included the following officials:

-  Larisa P.  Falkovskaya, Director of the Department for Children’s Rights Protection State Policy,  Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation

-  Olga V. Opanasenko, Counsellor to the Department for Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights, European Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

-  Maria A. Simonova,  Dr.Sc. in History, Director of Educational and Scientific Institute of Comparative Educational Policy, RUDN University

-  Anastasia A. Atabekova, Dr. Sc. in Comparative Linguistics, LLM in Criminal Proceedings, Professor of RUDN University.

   The Lanzarote Committee  considered the latest developments on the Convention ratification in Armenia and  Ireland.

   The Committee also analysed  the situation with replies to the 16 questions of the thematic questionnaire. The agreement was reachedthat the Secretariat would prepare a preliminary draft of the implementation report for a first reading during the September 2020 meeting.

   The Parties were offered r to submit any additional information to the Secretariat either by 6 July 2020, or  after the  sharing of the draft implementation report, to be adopted by the end of 2020.

   The exchange of views took place with respect to the contributions submitted by children with a view to decide how to reflect them in the implementation report

   The Committee further analysed the situation with c the follow-up by Parties to the 10 “consider” recommendations of the urgent monitoring  “Protecting children affected by the refugee crisis from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse”.

   The Secretariat informed that had drafted a first preliminary assessment of the analytical and summary tables of the situations in the countries. It also noted that these tables would soon be circulated to the 41 Parties covered by the special report with a request that they submit the information still lacking by 31 July 2020 in order to take decisions on the updated information during the September 2020 plenary meeting.

   Possible focus of the next monitoring round was subject to particular attention, given that the  decision on the theme of the next monitoring round and its specific focus should be taken during the September 2020 plenary meeting.

   The plenary meeting framework also covered exchange of information, experiences and good practices with regard to the focus on stepping up protection of children against sexual exploitation and abuse in times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

   The presentations were made by representatives of INHOPE,  IWF,  EUROPOL, INTERPOLrepresentatitves.

   The participants shared comments concerning  the 28 May webinar on Online child sexual exploitation and abuse in times of COVID-19 pandemicorganised by the Council of Europe and the EndOCSEA project.

   The information was exchanged with respect to other relevant related initiatives and  Council of Europe cooperation projects on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse.

   As far as procedural matters were concerned the scheduled elections of the Lanzarote Committee’s  Bureau members  and  the appointment of a representative of the Lanzarote Committee to the Steering Committee for the rights of the child (CDENF) took place.

   Finally, the dates and location for the next plenary meetings during 2020  were defined.

 

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Webinar on Online child sexual exploitation and abuse in times of the COVID-19 pandemic under the Council of Europe auspices

   On May 28th, 2020 the webinar on Online child sexual exploitation and abuse in times of the COVID-19 pandemic was held under the Council of Europe auspices.

   The webinar aimed at presenting the international legal standards and related support regarding operational cooperation and capacity building provided by international organizations to criminal justice authorities to properly address challenges on OCSEA.

   It also served as an awareness raising session in relation to the online dangers that lurk and might affect children worldwide.

   The webinar involved the following pool of speakers:

  • Virgil SPIRIDON, Head of Operations, Council of Europe Cybercrime Programme Office (C-PROC);
  • Ovidiu MĂJINĂ, Project Officer, Council of Europe C-PROC Office/Children’s Rights Division;
  • Cathal DELANEY, Europol, Team Leader of AP Twins (prevention and combating of all forms of criminality associated with the sexual exploitation and abuse of children);
  • İbrahim ÖZDEMİR, Inspector, Cybercrime Department, Turkish National Police;
  • Guillermo GALARZA, Director, International Law Enforcement Training & Technology International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children.

   Professor Anastasia Atabekova took part in the webinar on behalf of the RUDN University and asked the distinguished speakers to provide examples of educational activities by various stakeholders, for different target audiences, with the view to protect children against sexual abuse in times of COVID -19 pandemic.

   The panel discussion members provided the info on resources uploaded on the official sites of the organisations they represented, with regard to the webinar agenda in general, and in relation to the above mentioned question, in particular. Read more https://www.coe.int/en/web/cybercrime/online-child-sexual-abuse

 

 

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WEBINAR- «The activities of the center for psychological, pedagogical, medical, and social assistance in modern conditions.»

   On April 29, 2020, specialists of the Center for the Protection of Rights and Interests of Children held a webinar in the framework of the Moscow International Salon of Education "The activities of the center for psychological, pedagogical, medical, and social assistance in modern conditions."

   The webinar focused on various target audiences and integrated representatives of executive authorities, educational organizations, heads, and specialists of centers for psychological, pedagogical, medical, and social assistance.

   During the on-line session, Lyudmila Vakorina, director of the Center for the Protection of Rights and Interests of Children, Ph.D. in Sociology, and Irina Sviridova, director of the state educational institution Kuzbass Regional Center for Psychological, Pedagogical, Medical, and Social Assistance, Full Professor, Dr.Sc. in Medicine, set forth the regional model for the activities of the center for psychological, pedagogical, medical, and social assistance. The speakers shared regional practice of assisting children who became victims of sexual violence or sexual exploitation in the Kemerovo region - Kuzbass.

   Relevant recommendations were provided to the heads of education management bodies, heads, and specialists of centers for psychological, pedagogical, medical, and social assistance. One thousand two hundred fifty-five participants from 65 regions of the Russian Federation took part in the webinar.

The link to the on-line event

 

 

 

      The Russian Federation delegation took part in the 25th session (October, 15-18) of the Council of Europe Committee of the Parties on the Lanzarote Convention.

      The delegation was headed by Director of the Department of State Policy for the Protection of Children's Rights of the Ministry of Enlightenment of the Russian Federation Irina Terekhina.

      RUDN professors Anastasia Atabekova and Maria Simonova, Foreign Ministry Department on humanitarian cooperation and human rights counselor Olga Opanasenko took part as experts.

      During the session, members of the Committee of the Parties to the Council of Europe Lanzarote Convention discussed the issues within the second thematic round of the Convention implementation monitoring. The agenda also included the consideration and approval of the 5th activity report of the Lanzarote Committee (covering the period 22 June 2018 – 18 October 2019). The Parties also adopted the Declaration of the Lanzarote Committee on protecting children in out-of-home care from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse.

      According to the Committee of Ministers’ request the Lanzarote Committee members also provided feedback to the Parliamentary Assembly Recommendations 2155 (2019), 2159 (2019), 2160 (2019).

      Special slot in the agenda focused on 2019 edition of the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (18 November)

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      Children and young people are, without doubt, the most valuable capital of each nation. They are those who ensure the generations continuity, create the environment for public understanding, they are a crucial factor for social development.

      The child safety and well-being of young people determine the potential of the nation, they are an essential indicator of the national stability, a source for social optimism and responsibility of the current generation towards the future.

      Сhild’s safety and well- being have become one of the major national priorities of the Russian Federation. The President of the Russian Federation while addressing the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation has repeatedly stated the tasks to develop a modern and efficient state policy for child protection. These objectives have been embodied in a number of fundamental regulatory legal acts set out in the last few years: the Conception of long-term socio-economic development of the Russian Federation for the period till 2020, the Conception of demographic policy of the Russian Federation for the period till 2025, the National strategy of actions in the interests of children for 2012 - 2017 and some others.

      The Russian state commitment to participating in the international community's efforts to create an environment that is comfortable and friendly for child's life is marked by the Russian Federation ratification of the Convention on the rights of the child and other international acts in the sphere of ensuring the rights of the child.

      An effective tool for practical solutions in the area of children’s rights protection was the implementation of priority national projects "Health" and "Education" and a number of Federal target programs.

      The infrastructure for safe childhood has been developed further on. The Russian Federation’s constituent entities develop the institution of the Commissioner for children's rights. The Foundation for supporting children in difficult life situation was established, new measures of social support of families with children were adopted, a large-scale nationwide information campaign for counteraction against cruel treatment of children was conducted and the single federal helpline came into operation.

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