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The hearing of a child victim of sexual violence: a crucial step of judicial proceedings

Tunis 3 May 2019
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The hearing of a child victim of sexual violence: a crucial step of judicial proceedings

An important part of the Council of Europe Convention on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (Lanzarote Convention) concerns the fundamental role played by judicial bodies in the protection and aftercare of child victims. According to the Convention, to avoid inflicting another victimisation of the child during his hearing, it is important that States adopt “(…) a protective approach towards victims, ensuring that the investigations and criminal proceedings do not aggravate the trauma experienced by the child and that the criminal justice response is followed by assistance, where appropriate (Article 30)“.

Hence, to ameliorate the existing judicial practices in the context of Tunisia’s accession to the Convention and the revision of relevant legal framework, a technical workshop on the hearing of children victims of sexual violence was held in Tunis on 3 May 2019 under the aegis of the Ministry of Justice and with the support and the expertise of the Council of Europe.

Representatives of the judicial, security, social affairs and health sectors, as well as of the academic world, the media and civil society participated in the event.

The workshop, held in framework of the project “Towards a child-friendly justice for children victims of sexual violence”, aimed at initiating a multisectorial reflection and at sharing standards and best practice on the different technical aspects of the hearing of a child victim of sexual violence. As a result of this workshop, concrete recommendations on the legislative and technical components of the child hearing process were issued.

 

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. 


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