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Strasbourg, 6 July





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Maud de Boer-Buquicchio: "A prison is not a place for children"

Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Maud de Boer-Buquicchio last week in Venice endorsed the creation of a new facility for women with young children within the female penitentiary at the Giudecca in Venice: "We must always keep in mind the interests of the child - to be with its mother but also to be in an environment adapted to its age where he or she can play and grow up in dignity. A prison is not a place for children", highlighted Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, while visiting the new premises that will open after the summer. The facility, based in a historical 18th Century building next to the prison, will permit small children to remain in pleasant, open accommodation with their detained mothers. Along with other women in the penitentiary, the mothers have the opportunity to learn useful workskills during their detention, which can help their re-integration into societies on their release.

"The Council of Europe has developed a strategy pioneering children rights and has proposed a series of normative guidelines to safeguard minors. The best interest of the child in justice and in penitentiary policy is part of this approach, and I encourage the Italian authorities in their initiatives to develop innovative approaches" said the Deputy Secretary General.


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Colloquy Les Journées Strasbourgeoises 2012 : "Movement of ideas, people, goods"

Strasbourg, 6 July 2012
Farewell speech

Strasbourg, 3 July 2012
Monitoring children’s rights in Europe

Strasbourg, 29 June 2012
Youth Peace Camp

Strasbourg, 28 June 2012
Parliamentary Network meeting Women Free from Violence

Strasbourg, 8 June 2012
Closing speech of the first meeting of the Gender Equality Commission

Strasbourg, 8 June 2012
Closing speech of the Octopus Conference on Cybercrime

Istanbul, 7 June 2012
International Symposium on “Combating Violence against Women in the Context of Effective Implementation of Human Rights Standards”

The Hague, 31 May 2012
Presentation UNICEF Netherlands report on return of separated children to return houses in countries of origin

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Parliamentary Assembly Hearing on “Arab Spring, Women’s Spring?”

St. Petersburg, 18 April 2012
Launching of the ONE in FIVE Campaign at regional level

St. Petersburg, 18 April 2012
Round-table on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings

Berlin, 3 April 2012
European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma, Award Ceremony

Moscow, 29 March 2012
Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly

Lisbon, 27 March 2012
2011 North-South Prize Ceremony

Mexico, 22 March 2012
Forum ''United against violence towards children and women''

Belgrade, 15 March 2012
Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for sports

New-York, 27 February 2012
Discussion ''Stop Violence against Women by Implementing International Standards''

Strasbourg, 9 February 2012
Seminar ''Combating child sexual exploitation at local and regional levels''

Strasbourg, 30 January 2012
European Bioethics Forum