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

22/05/2015

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

Marta Santos Pais with Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, HE Mannaseh Sogavare
21/05/2015

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

SRSG Santos Pais outlines four priority goals to reduce violence against childre
20/05/2015

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

2015 International Day of Families – “Men in Charge?” - Secretary-General's mess
15/05/2015

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

SRSG Santos Pais calls for action to fight impunity around violence against chil
13/05/2015

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)

13/05/2015

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.

SRSG Santos Pais visits the Dominican Republic

SRSG with President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina
04/05/2015

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.

SRSG Santos Pais visits Chile

SRSG Santos Pais with President of Chile, Ms Michelle Bachelet
01/05/2015

SRSG Santos Pais participated in Chile in High level Meetings for the development of comprehensive legislation for the protection of children's rights, including a legal prohibition of all forms of violence against children. The legislation will be supported by a national policy framework to advance effective implementation.

Recognizing the urgency of this process, President Michelle Bachelet announced that the new comprehensive legal framework will be submitted to Congress in August 2015 and will include the establishment of an independent institution on the rights of the child (Ombuds office) as well as procedures to seek remedies in case of violation of children's rights.

“Let’s pave the way to justice for all children” - First anniversary of the UN communications procedure for children marks time for global action

14/04/2015

Geneva/New York (April 14, 2015) - As we celebrate the first anniversary of the entry into force of the Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure, the International Coalition Ratify OP3CRC, together with leading UN experts on children’s rights, including Kirsten Sandberg, Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Special Representatives of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, and on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, as well as the Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, call on all States to make a quantum leap on the path to justice for children through the ratification of the Third Optional Protocol without delay.

Senate of Chile approves the Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and joins global efforts to strengthening international and national child protection systems on children's rights

UNICEF photo Chile
02/04/2015

The National Institute of Human Rights of Chile, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children, the Regional Office for South America of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNICEF welcome the decision by the Senate of Chile to unanimously approve the Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which will soon enter into force.