The event at the EU Parliament was aptly called
It was organised by the amazing Greek MEP Kostadinka Kuneva and Takis Hadjigeorgiou MEP for Cyprus.
Two panels of speakers united a remarkable list of individuals and organisations:
- Dimitrios Papadimoulos MEP for Greece and Vice-President of the EU Parliament spoke from the floor;
- Mrs SAKELLIADOU Zoi, Office of the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, European Commission [12:25 until 28:41]
- Mrs VONKEMAN Andrea, UNHCR Brussels Office
- Mrs NANOU Katerina, EUROCHILD campaign leader
- Mrs POULI Ioanna, UNICEF, Brussels Office
- Mrs McNEILL Sabine Kurjo, Web Publisher of the Association of McKenzie Friends and Petitioner 1707/2013
- Mrs SCHEFFER Elisabeth, Legal expert, Sweden
- Mr NIKOLAIDIS Giorgos, Head of Institute of Child Health, Greece
- Dr STAVRINIDES Panayiotis, Assistant Professor in Developmental Psychology-University of Cyprus
- Mrs CHRISTIDOU Melpo, Social Worker at THE SMILE OF THE CHILD, Greece.
However, the emphasis was on problems rather than solutions – but then there are far too few people who know about the problems!
The very pleasant surprise was the very well informed contribution by the Policy Analyst of the Child Trafficking Office at the EU Commission. Continue reading “Children Not For Sale – The Black Hole of our Culture @EU #EU @coe @MoJGovUK #Brexit”
Celebrating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the MEPs on this video are:
- Anna-Maria Corazza Bildt from Sweden;
- Caterina Chinnici from Italy;
- Nathalie Griesbeck from France;
- Dr. Miriam Dalli from Malta;
- Teresa Jimenez-Becerril Barrio from Spain;
- Julie Ward from the UK;
- Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea from Spain;
- Jana Zitnanska from Slovakia.
This post describes the progression of ‘child awareness’ in the EU Parliament.
1989: The UN CONVENTION on the RIGHTS of the CHILD
On 20 November 1989 the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was signed by 140 countries. Since then, 196 countries except the United States are party to it.
However, the gap between the theory of ‘rights’ and the reality of ‘implementation’ is ginormous:
Hence our repeated references to two Council of Europe [Strasbourg not Brussels] reports:
- Human Rights and Family Courts of November 2012;
- Social Services in Europe: legislation and practice of the removal of children from their families in Council of Europe member States of January 2015.
Continue reading “@coe @ChildrensRights @EUParliament for @EU_Commission”
Former Lib Dem MP John Hemming has played a critical role during his term in Parliament with respect to Children’s Rights.
By way of example:
- he used Parliamentary Privilege to name the mother Vicky Haigh and Doncaster Council:
- the little girl accused her father of abusing her, but ‘the system’ imprisoned her mother and handed custody to the alleged abuser without any contact with her family until she is 18;
- he contributed to many media episodes as the child-snatching issue began to be addressed by mainstream media:
- together with Austin Mitchell MP, he sponsored the launch of our Association of McKenzie Friends.
On 18 April 2016, he spoke about Celebrity Injunctions and mentioned the Zimbabwe case as an example, without naming either the mother or her teenager son: