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Child rights in European law - New handbook published

On the occasion of Universal Children's Day (20, November), a handbook on European law relating to the rights of the child was launched by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the Council of Europe, and the European Court of Human Rights.

Children are full-fledged holders of rights. They are beneficiaries of all human and fundamental rights and subjects of special regulations, given their specific characteristics. The handbook aims to illustrate how European law and case law accommodate the specific interests and needs of children.

The Handbook is the first comprehensive guide to European law in the area of child rights. It is designed to assist lawyers, judges, prosecutors, social workers, non-governmental organisations and other bodies confronted with legal issues relating to rights of the child. The guide covers issues such as equality, personal identity, family life, alternative care and adoption, migratin and asylum, child protection against violence and exploitation, as well as children’s rights within criminal justice and alternative proceedings.

The handbook is durrently available in English and French, but will be published in other languages soon. It can be downloaded here:

http://fra.europa.eu/en/publication/2015/handbook-european-law-child-rights