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Campaigning against sexual abuse and exploitation

The Council of Europe (CoE) Convention on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, typically referred to as the Lanzarote Convention, is a unique international agreement signed by all 47 member states of the CoE and ratified by 44. Mr. Gudbrandsson served as the elected Chair of the Lanzarote Committee, the monitoring body of the Convention from 2014 to 2016. He was also a member of the Expert Group that drafted the Convention in 2007 and is currently the Icelandic member of the Committee.  Through his participation and chairmanship responsibilities of the CoE Lanzarote Committee, monitoring States’ compliance with the Council of Europe Convention on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, he has contributed to strengthening the prevention of sexual violence against children, the protection of child victims and the prosecution of perpetrators. His leadership role in this particular area has driven European governments to break the silence around sexual violence of children and has focused attention on ensuring that child victims are supported.

 

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