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MPs approve Lanzarote Convention on child abuse protection

BY A unanimous vote, the House on Thursday ratified the Lanzarote Convention on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and abuse.

The convention requires criminalisation of all kinds of sexual offences against children. It sets out that states in Europe and beyond shall adopt specific legislation and take measures to prevent sexual violence, to protect child victims and to prosecute perpetrators.

Events, being organised by various groups for an awareness campaign following the ratification, include seminars and lectures on the role of educators, raising awareness of the issue among university students, a lecture for parents, one on violence in the family, and one on webcam child sex tourism, among other informative offerings. The theme of the ‘One in Five’ campaign is to ‘break the silence’. The title comes from the fact that estimates say one in five children fall victim to sexual violence.

The campaign will conclude with the release on December 10 of a report by the University of Cyprus on child sexual abuse in Cyprus.

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