Doc. 9789

10 April 2003

Organisation of a parliamentary assembly of children from Council of Europe member states

Motion for a resolution

presented by Mr Schreiner and others

This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only the members who have signed it

The undersigned,

Bearing in mind Articles 34, 35 and 36 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child proposed by UNICEF and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 20 November 1989, which deals with the key aspects of the right to protection against different forms of exploitation,

Considering that it is nonetheless necessary to supplement those articles, which make no mention of a number of kinds of ill-treatment, since the places and ways in which violence is perpetrated change with developments in society, as can be seen from events in the news day after day,

Also considering it impossible to discuss rights without linking these to duties and deeming it necessary to teach children the duties that will make them citizens of a Europe to be built in a spirit of mutual respect and that having rights entails duties towards themselves and others,

Noting that the Convention on the Rights of the Child has its own limits and does not always provide an answer to some particularly painful problems,

Propose that, to raise awareness among all children in Europe and stir all countries to action, a parliamentary assembly of the children of Europe should be held under the aegis of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and should debate:

2. the right to protection against all forms of violence, including violence by children against other children.

Since these two issues are not raised in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, they should be brought before the above-mentioned children's assembly so that they can be debated and so that the proposals adopted by the representatives of Europe's children can be made public.

It is further proposed that a children's parliamentary assembly along these lines be held every two years at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg to examine how the existing articles are applied and the necessary amendments to those articles in the light of measures taken by each member state in this sphere.

Signed (see overleaf)

Signed 1:

Schreiner, France, EDG

Atkinson, United Kingdom, EDG

Azzolini, Italy, EPP/CD

Crema, Italy, SOC

Geveaux, France, EDG

Grignon, France, EDG

Hancock, United Kingdom, LDR

Masson, France, EDG

Meyer, France, EDG

Pintat Rossell, Andorra, LDR

Rochebloine, France, EPP/CD

Rogozin, Russia, EDG

Tkč, Slovakia, EDG

Wohlwend, Liechtenstein, EPP/CD

Yaez Barnuevo, Spain, SOC

1        SOC: Socialist Group

      EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party

      EDG: European Democratic Group

      LDR : Liberal, Democratic and Reformers’ Group

      UEL: Group of the Unified European Left

      NR: not registered in a group