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1st China-Europe Human Rights Forum eyes child protection
December 08,2015   By:chinahumanrights.org
Dec.8,2015--The first China-Europe Human Rights Forum was held at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, France on December 4, 2015. 
 
Chinese and European experts, scholars and legal personnel attended the Forum and exchanged views on child protection. 
 
Lu Guangjin, General-Secretary of China Society for Human Rights (CSHRS) said “human rights experts from the two sides express common concerns about children’s rights protection, which indicates we have shared responsibilities of respecting and protecting human rights. It is a great step forward for the in-depth exchanges and cooperation on human rights between the two sides.
 
“Since the issuing of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, countries all over the world have made progress in protecting children’s rights. Yet there are still many problems unsolved, such as children dying from preventable diseases, education for children, violence against children, child abuses and discrimination. In particular, humanitarian crises caused by terrorism have severely violated children’s rights,” Lu said, “this forum is a good try to explore the future for mankind.”
 
 Guido Raimondi, Present of the ECHR said, "Children are the future of nations and societies. If there's no hope for children, there will be no future for the world. The European Court of Human Rights has paid great attention to children's rights and their best interests, and we also have obligations to pass on the human rights concept to the children. This forum indicated you are also paying great attention to human rights and children's interests, and such exchanges can promote mutual understanding and promote better implementation of human rights in different countries."
 
Christian Mestre, Director of the Faculty of Law, Political Science and Management, University of Strasbourg, hopes that this forum could promote cooperation in education and training between the two sides.
 
The two sides also held extensive exchanges on the legal system and mechanism of protecting children’s rights. Topics like children workers, teenager crimes, women and children trafficking and compulsory education of children were discussed. 
 
The Forum was jointly held by the CSHRS, the ECHR, the Faculty of Law, Political Science and Management of the University of Strasbourg and the International Institute of Human Rights (NGO).

By: Qu Yungui  Liu Qiang