Delegation of the European Union to Armenia

HRC 43 - Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children - EU Intervention

Geneva, 02/03/2020 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 200303_11
Statements on behalf of the EU

Madam President,

The EU thanks the Special Rapporteur for the presentation of her final thematic report to the Council and wishes to pay tribute to her dedication and constant efforts in the fight against the sale and sexual exploitation of children.

Although significant progress has been achieved in terms of awareness raising on the sale and sexual exploitation of children, the scale of the problem continues to expand at an alarming rate, accelerated by technological developments and socio-economic, political, or environmental factors.

Madam Special Rapporteur,

The EU shares your concern that social, cultural, gender and institutional constructs may foster the conditions in which the sexual exploitation of children is ignored, tolerated or even accepted. Proper education programmes and guidance prepare children to understand that sexual exploitation and abuse is an affront to their rights and to seek support and redress. States are nevertheless fully responsible to ensure that the rights of the child are realised and that children are protected from sexual exploitation and abuse.

Addressing the root causes, including the role of perpetrators as a driver for sexual exploitation is key. Thorough investigation and prosecution are crucial in order to stop the culture of silence surrounding child sexual abuse and exploitation. We have to put an end to impunity!

The EU underlines the necessity of comprehensive, rights-based and child-centred protection systems, in a coordinated global response, to eradicate the sale and sexual exploitation of children and recalls, more widely, its unwavering support to the implementation of the SDG 16.2 to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children.

The EU calls furthermore upon all States to accelerate efforts to achieve the universal ratification of the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography.

Madam Special Rapporteur,

You underline the importance of the establishment of child-friendly investigation and reporting mechanisms. Could you please elaborate on these mechanisms and give some best practices to follow so that children can effectively seek justice and reparation?

Thank you for your attention.

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