Justice Initiative

Restoring justice for victims of abuse in Europe.

The European Justice Initiative aims to restore justice for past victims of abuse across Europe and strengthen child protection for future generations.

Protect Children leads the Nordic Hub of the Justice Initiative, coordinating the work across the Nordic countries, strongly amplifying the voices and wisdom of survivors of sexual abuse at an international level.

“The aim is to break the silence and bring out the truth about violence and sexual violence against children as well as the heinous violations of the Rights of the Child.”

Nina Vaaranen-Valkonen 

Executive Director, Senior Specialist at Protect Children

Victims’ groups launched a large-scale “Justice Initiative” motion across Europe in the fall of 2021, which, for the first time, addresses past cases of child abuse and sexual violence comprehensively all across Europe. 

 

Europe has been violating the Convention on the Rights of the Child for decades: hundreds of thousands of children have been victims of abuse and sexual violence. In most countries, these past events have not been addressed. The Justice Initiative seeks to change this, collectively drawing attention to the abuses of the past and the experiences of victims of violence. By addressing the past, we can strengthen both the protection of children and the realisation of children’s and victims’ rights in Europe now and in the future. 

The Justice Initiative is supported by victims’ groups, researchers and NGOs across Europe, joining forces to draft a common political initiative for the Council of Europe, based on the central demands of revealing the truth about child abuses, official recognition, reparation and prevention.  

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"By addressing the past, we can strengthen both the protection of children and the realisation of children’s and victims’ rights in Europe now and in the future."

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