Doc. 9093
7 May 2001

Protection of minors against Internet child pornography

Motion for a resolution

presented by Mrs Pozza Tasca and others

This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only

the members who have signed it

The Assembly,

i.       Considering that the outbreaks of paedophilia, child pornography and sexual exploitation of minors raise considerable alarm in society and have assumed ever-wider international proportions, also owing to the use of telematic networks;

ii.       Considering the established fact that the uncontrolled proliferation of this phenomenon has actually found an ideal shop-window in the Internet, which allows the dissemination of criminal perversions without any possibility so far of discovering instruments that would effectively put a stop to these messages and help to identify and punish the culprits;

iii.       Noting that the investigations conducted by law enforcement authorities have revealed the atrocious character of the international ring of paedophiles which abducts minors and uses them to produce pornographic images of staggering horror and violence sometimes fatal to the victims;

iv.       Considering that a combined operation by the Russian and Italian police forces at Torre Anunziata (Italy) last October led to the arrest in Italy and Russia of several persons on charges of sale and possession of child pornography material, thus revealing the existence of organisations extending beyond the borders of the European Union and the Schengen area and consequently making it more difficult to determine counter-measures;

v.       Considering that the subject of Internet child pornography is on the agendas of the G-8 Summit in Genoa (20-22 July) and of the Second World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children to be held in Yokohama, Japan, from 17 to 20 December 2001;

vi.       Observing that in order to make progress in achieving the goals of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, particularly Articles 1, 11, 21, 32, 33, 34, 35 and 36, it would be advisable to intensify the measures required of States Parties in order to ensure the protection of minors against their exploitation through child pornography and their enslavement;

vii.       Considering that the United Nations, on the 10th Anniversary of the World Summit for Children, issued two optional protocols to the 1989 UN Convention; one concerns the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, and reminds member states of the need to implement the measures set out in the Declaration and Action Plan adopted at the Conference held in Stockholm from 27 to 31 August 1996 on commercial sexual exploitation of children;

viii.       Considering that the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (Convention 45 of 28 July 2000), in accordance with the international principles which Member States have accepted by their ratification of the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, proclaims the protection of the child's best interests in Article 24,

Recommends that member states:

i.       take prompt and rigorous action to implement all appropriate measures for preventing and combating the production, processing, possession and distribution of child pornography material, adapting current regulations as required;

ii.       adopt all necessary measures to encourage Internet users to report all cases where pornographic material involving minors appears on the Internet;

iii.       liaise with the computer industries in order to intensify exchange of experience between the police forces of the various countries in the fight against child pornography offences;

iv.       promote the most suitable initiatives to compel access providers to hold Internet access data for at least one year for disclosure to judicial authorities on request;

v.       equip themselves with all available technical resources in order to provide filters or other suitable devices for securitisation of web surfing by minors.

Signed : 1

Pozza Tasca, Italy, LDR

About, France, LDR

Aleffi, Italy, EPPE/CD

Alis Font, Andorra, SOC

Belohorská, Slovakia, EDG

de Carolis, Italy, SOC

Ehrmann, France, LDR

Fehr, Switzerland, LDR

Squarcialupi, Italy, SOC

Van’t Riet, Netherlands, LDR

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