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26.09.2013  

Slovenia deposited the instrument of ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse

Strasbourg – On the 26th of September 2013, the Minister for Interior and Public Administration of the Republic of Slovenia dr. Gregor Virant deposited to the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni the instrument of ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (CETS No. 201).

The Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse requires criminalization of all kinds of sexual offenses committed against children. The Convention provides that state parties adopt appropriate legislation and measures to prevent sexual violence, protect child victims and prosecute perpetrators. The Convention also establishes a special committee charged with overseeing the implementation of the Convention by state parties. The Council of Europe on the basis of the Convention conducts a special campaign “One in five” which aims at raising awareness and combating sexual violence against children.

The Convention entered into force on 1st of July 2010. Including Slovenia, it has been ratified by 29 states.

The Republic of Slovenia signed the Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse on the 25th of October 2007 (on the day of the opening for signature) and was among the first signatories of the Convention. Protection of children’s rights remains in the field of human rights a priority of Slovenian foreign policy. The Republic of Slovenia strives to further enforce the standards set by the Convention.