In the context of Tunisia’s accession procedure to the Council of Europe Convention on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (Lanzarote Convention) and with the objective to improve the care and legal procedure for children victims of sexual violence, the Steering Committee of the project “Towards a child-friendly justice for children victims of sexual violence” held its second meeting on 2 May 2019 in Tunis, in the framework of the South Programme III.
Following the recommendations of the different sectors involved in the process, a first inter-sectorial meeting on the planification and setting-up of the project had been organised in March 2019 in Tunis, under the aegis of the Ministry of Justice, with the support of the Council of Europe, and resulted in the creation of this Steering Committee.
This second meeting gathered representatives of the ministries of Justice, of Internal affairs, of Health, of Social affairs, of Women, Family, Childhood and the Elderly, as well as of the National Authority for the Protection of Personal Data (INPDP) and of civil society organisations.
It focused on the recent developments regarding the protection of children against sexual exploitation and abuse in Tunisia, on the priority guidelines of the project and on the terms of reference of the Steering Committee.
The actions of the Steering Committee will draw upon the standards comprised in the Lanzarote Convention, the principles set out in the Guidelines of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on child-friendly justice, as well as on innovative practical examples such as the “Barnahus (Children’s houses)” which deliver a coordinated and comprehensive approach to cases of sexual abuse of children.
The South Programme III is a joint programme of the Council of Europe and the European Union, financed by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.