Kaljurand: Estonia to ratify Lanzarote Convention by end of November
Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand (independent) announced that the Riigikogu would ratify the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, also known as the Lanzarote Convention, before the end of November.
“Estonia will ratify the Lanzarote Convention during its chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe,” Kaljurand said, speaking to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on Tuesday.
Fighting the sexual abuse of children was one of Estonia's priorities, the minister said. Children's rights are one of the three main topics Estonia plans to focus on during its chairmanship. The other priority issues are human rights, and the rule of law in the Internet.
Estonia's chairmanship of the Council of Europe began on May 18 and ends on Nov. 22, 2016.
The Estonian Ministry of Justice is seeking opinions on an according bill to be submitted to the Riigikogu.
By the end of May, 47 Council of Europe member states signed the convention, and 41 ratified it. Estonia signed it on Sept. 17, 2008, but has yet to ratify it.