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Debates
Tuesday, 26 November 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Children rights in occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child (B9-0178/2019, B9-0179/2019, B9-0180/2019)
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  Marcel Kolaja (Verts/ALE). – Mr President, 30 years after the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, many efforts have yielded results, yet much more still needs to be done to fully protect children. The European Pirates want the public authorities and police forces to have the human capacity to properly respond to the threat of criminals sharing child abuse material over the internet. We should insist on human intervention via internet hotlines, enabling the exchange of information, and helplines assisting victims of abuse.

Calling on private companies to monitor the entire internet in order to make sure that nobody is sending wrong images is, however, not the way forward. When effective law enforcement is increasingly outsourced to private companies and their dominant technologies with very little public intervention, we are only helping to hide the representation of abuse without any guarantee of investigation and prosecution of criminals. While children’s rights need to be protected for the reasons mentioned, we unfortunately could not support the motion for a resolution.

 
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