FRA will participate at a high-level Council of Europe (CoE) conference in Sofia on 5-6 April to mark the launch of the new CoE Strategy on Children’s Rights 2016-2021.
The strategy was adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 3 March 2016, and identifies five priority areas to be achieved for all children: equal opportunities, participation, a life free from violence, child-friendly justice, and rights of the child in the digital environment.
The Director will give a speech highlighting the need for integrated child protection systems in the context of migration, so as to ensure that the principles of non-discrimination, the child’s right to life, survival and development are upheld, and that actions relating to the child are always in its best interests.
Furthermore, FRA will also speak at a side event on the Handbook on European law relating to the rights of the child, as well as a session on the right to non-discrimination of LGBTI young people. FRA will focus particularly on the needs of intersex children, with this being based on FRA’s legal update and analysis on protection against discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics in the EU.
FRA will also participate in a discussion regarding child-friendly justice: Hearing children in judicial procedures.