The world stands at a pivotal moment towards ending violence against children and realizing the noble vision of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In September 2015, the Member States of the United Nations will gather to agree on the...
SRSG hosts 5th Cross-Regional Roundtable on the Protection of Children from Violence with Representatives from regional organisations and institutions
Joining hands with the Council of Europe, SRSG Santos Pais held in Strasbourg (France), on 18 and 19 June, the 5th Cross-Regional Roundtable to promote accelerated progress in the prevention and elimination of violence against children around the world.
Acting as a bridge-builder between regions, SRSG Santos Pais convenes each year a Cross-Regional Meeting on violence against children with representatives from regional organisations and institutions. This important annual forum provides a strategic platform to assess progress achieved, reflect on trends and common concerns, and identify opportunities for cross-regional cooperation.
25 years after the adoption of the African Children’s Charter, millions of children, particularly girls, continue to suffer from many forms of violence, including harmful practices such as child, early and forced marriage. As we all know, this practice has devastating consequences on the child’s life, health, development, education and protection.
New York, 13 June 2015 - SRSG Santos Pais joins other partners in welcoming the first International Albinism Awareness Day, which is celebrated today.
“I warmly welcome this recognition by the UN General Assembly to devote a special day to raise awareness on persons with albinism.”
The lives of children with albinism are surrounded by neglect and abuse, stigma, marginalization, discrimination, prejudice, superstitions and misconceptions simply because of their genetic condition andbecause they look different. Discrimination condemns these children to a position of extreme vulnerability, and to tolerance of violence against them in many countries in the world.
Joint statement on the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography and on the involvement of children in armed conflict
New York/Geneva, 22 May 2015 – On Monday, 25th May, the world celebrates the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography (OPSC) and on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC).
UN children’s rights experts welcome the steady progress made since May 2010 when the UN Secretary-General launched the Global Campaign for the universal ratification and implementation of the Optional Protocols to the CRC. Thanks to significant efforts made across regions over the past five years, the OPSC is now in force in 169 countries, while the OPAC has been ratified by 159 states.
SRSG Santos Pais acknowledges Solomon Islands Government commitment in enacting child protection legislation
HONIARA, 21 May 2015 - Concluding a three day visit to the Solomon Islands, the SRSG commended the government for the expression of its strong commitment to the prevention and elimination of violence against children through the enactment of legislation, policy reform and increased budgetary allocations for children. During her visit, the SRSG met the Prime Minister H.E. Mannaseh Sogavare and other high level officials, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, the Minister of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs, the Minister of Justice, and the Police Commissioner.
SRSG Santos Pais outlines four priority goals to reduce violence against children in the Pacific region
NADI, FIJI 20 May 2015 – SRSG Santos Pais praised Pacific leaders for their strong commitment to reduce the high rates of violence against children reported in the region.
During a three-day conference in Fiji that brought policy makers, civil society groups and government leaders from 13 Pacific countries together to discuss more effective ways to address violence against children in the region, Special Representative Santos Pais outlined an agenda to reverse a global, widespread, hidden and in many cases socially condoned pattern.
2015 International Day of Families Theme – “Men in Charge?” - Secretary-General's message on the International Day of Families
The theme of this year’s International Day of Families – “Men in Charge?” – highlights the importance of gender equality and children’s rights in contemporary families. Around the world, more women are becoming recognized as the equal partners and decisionmakers in families that they should be, thus helping to ensure a conducive environment for the full and harmonious development of children. Yet in too many countries, discrimination against women and disregard for children’s rights remain built into family laws and Government policies, and prevailing social norms often condone and justify many discriminatory practices.
SRSG Santos Pais calls for action to fight impunity around violence against children in the Mercosur region
Brasilia, 13 May 2015 - In the year in which Brazil commemorates the 25th anniversary of the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the adoption of the Statute of Children and Adolescents, a meeting of the Permanent Commission of the initiative “NiñoSur” of MERCOSUR was held on the 7th and 8th of May in Brasilia (XXVI RAADH Meeting). The meeting focused on the follow-up to the recommendations of the UN Study on Violence against Children and the South American Roadmap for the prevention of violence against children, adopted in Asunción, Paraguay, in 2011.
Discriminated and made vulnerable: Young LGBT and intersex people need recognition and protection of their rights - For International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (Sunday 17 May)
13 May 2015 –Speaking ahead of the International Dayagainst Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, a group of United Nations and international human rights experts* call for an end to discrimination and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex young people and children.
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, a group of UN human rights experts, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe urge Governments worldwide to protect these young people and children from violence and discrimination, and to integrate their views on policies and laws that affect their rights.
In the month dedicated to the prevention of child abuse in the Dominican Republic, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais visited the country to participate in the launching event of the National Roadmap for the prevention and response to violence against children living in Dominican Republic.
The Roadmap was developed to follow up on the commitments made during the Central America Regional Consultation on violence against children, co-organized with the Government of the Dominican Republic in December 2011.
Thus, Dominican Republic becomes the first Central American and Caribbean country to adopt a multi-sectorial national strategy against child violence.