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A meeting of the Coalition for Monitoring Child Rights in Serbia held in the Child Rights Centre in the context of the project “Child Rights in Policy and Practice”

The Coalition for Monitoring Child Rights in Serbia, consisted of the following organisations: Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, Uzice Child Rights Centre, ASTRA, Centre for Social Policy and Child Rights Centre, held a meeting in the premises of the Child Rights Centre.

Topics discussed were related to the upcoming plans, as well as the activities implemented by the Coalition in the first quarter of 2018. A short overview was made regarding the Coalition’s contribution to the Lanzarote Committee in the second thematic monitoring round of the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse.

Also, representatives of the Child Rights Centre introduced members of the Coalition with its Emergency Response Plan developed with the support of the Save the Children. Coalition members agreed to develop a joint Emergency Response Plan in the upcoming period.

The Coalition members also agreed upon advocacy activities towards introduction of an explicit ban on corporal punishment of children. In addition, various opportunities for promotion of a joint policy paper advocating for the implementation of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child Concluding Observations on the combined second and third periodic reports of Serbia published in 2017 were also discussed at the meeting.

All the above mentioned activities of the Coalition are supported within the project “Child Rights in Policy and Practice” implemented by the Child Rights Centre in partnership with the Save the Children International, funded by the Government of Sweden.  This project aims to improve child protection system, as well as structures and mechanisms for monitoring and implementing the rights of the child, including the participation of children in these processes in Serbia.