Child sexual abuse and criminal sanctions

The Commission is expected to present in October 2004 a legislative proposal to implement mutual recognition of convictions and on the interconnection of national criminal registers for crimes such as paedophilia, sexual attacks and crimes committed by repeat offenders. By the end of the year, the European Commission will present a White Paper on the issue of a European criminal record. It will also present two legislative proposals, on mutual recognition of convictions and on the interconnection of national criminal registers. Child sexual abuse and criminal sanctions

The Commission is expected to present in October 2004 a legislative proposal to implement mutual recognition of convictions and on the interconnection of national criminal registers for crimes such as paedophilia, sexual attacks and crimes committed by repeat offenders. By the end of the year, the European Commission will present a White Paper on the issue of a European criminal record.   It will also present two legislative proposals, on mutual recognition of convictions and on the interconnection of national criminal registers.   For more information visit:

http://europa.eu.int/comm/justice_home/news/intro/news_intro_en.htm  

Justice and Home Affairs Ministers have agreed to speed up the exchange of information on criminals in response to a cross-border case of paedophilia.   The case of Michel Fourniret whom police said has confessed to nine murders on both sides of the Franco-Belgian border has highlighted the lack of exchange of information on convicted murderers or sex offenders between Member States.    France, Germany and Spain have announced the launch of a pilot electronic system to share criminal records and the linking up their criminal records' systems electronically from 2005 on.  A joint statement issued by the three Member States called for this model to be used in setting up an EU-wide register as soon as possible.

Save the Children has sent a letter to the Commission outlining its concerns on the Commission's Green Paper on the approximation, mutual recognition and enforcement of criminal sanctions in the European Union.  In the letter, Save the Children points out that in a study carried out by its member organisations entitled "Child Abuse and Adult Justice", one of the findings was that it is very difficult for children to get justice as victims of sexual abuse and that legal systems are designed for adults and modelled on adults needs and abilities, therefore, harmonisation of criminal sanctions alone is unlikely to lead to significant improvements in protecting children and that reforms are needed in the way that the child is treated within the judicial system.  For more information contact Diana Sutton, Save the Children at savechildbru@skynet.be

Created   17.08.2004 Updated   17.08.2004