SRSG welcomes adoption of ASEAN Regional Plan of Action on the Elimination of Violence against Children
SRSG Santos Pais warmly welcomes the adoption of the ASEAN Regional Plan of Action on the Elimination of Violence against Children (RPA/EVAC) by the 27th ASEAN Summit of Heads of State and Government, held in Kuala Lumpur, on 21 November.
The RPA/EVAC shows the strong commitment of ASEAN member states to implement the 2013 Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women and Violence against Children, which was a landmark in the global effort to establish a regional agenda on violence against children. The new ASEAN RPA/EVAC recognizes the human dignity and worth of each child and proposes concrete actions for implementation between 2016-2025 to address the many manifestations of violence against children. It also anticipates the need for action on emerging risks to children's protection from violence, such as those associated with the use of new technologies.
The Universal Children’s Day is dedicated to promoting the well-being and human rights of the world’s children, especially those suffering the impacts of poverty, armed conflict, discrimination and exploitation. The date of the observance -- 20 November -- marks the day on which, in 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Today, we reaffirm our obligation to do everything in our power to enable all children to survive and thrive, learn and grow, have their voices heard and reach their full potential.
This year, I wish to emphasize the importance of ensuring that the commitments made by the international community to the world’s children are extended to a group of children who are often forgotten or overlooked: those deprived of their liberty.
Marking the first European Day against Sexual Violence on 18 November, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children welcomed this important initiative by the Council of Europe. The European Day against Sexual Violence will help to raise public awareness of children's protection from sexual abuse and exploitation, while strengthening prevention initiatives and promoting the ratification and implementation of the Council's Lanzarote Convention. Special Representative Santos Pais commends the efforts of the Council of Europe, including through the ONE in FIVE Campaign which aims to achieve further ratification and implementation of the treaty.
SRSG meets Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Adolfo Pérez Esquivel to discuss situation of children deprived of liberty and their reintegration in the community
During a three-day visit to Argentina, SRSG Santos Pais met with Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, 1980 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and President of the Association Peace and Justice Service.
At the meeting, SRSG Santos Pais and Mr. Pérez Esquivel discussed the promotion of Human Rights and protection of children from violence, namely of children and young people involved with the criminal justice system in the Latin America Region.
SRSG Santos Pais calls for protection of children from online violence at Digital Literacy Forum in Argentina
SRSG Santos Pais joined more than 200 children from the Americas to discuss effective ways of ensuring that children and teenagers can safely embrace ICTs (Information and Communications Technologies).
As keynote speaker at the First Regional Summit on Digital Literacy and Citizenship "Technology for a Better World" held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ms. Santos Pais called for the promotion of a safe, inclusive and empowering digital agenda for children as an indispensable strategy to protect children from violence.
Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children welcomes the historic abolition of the common law defence of reasonable chastisement in Ireland
New York, 11 November 2015 - “Today, Ireland has taken a decisive step towards the elimination of all forms of violence against children. By abolishing the common law defence of reasonable chastisement, the Houses of the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) have made an unequivocal statement: children’s dignity and physical integrity enjoy the effective protection of the law.
In taking this step, Ireland is contributing to the global movement towards a world where all children are free from violence. World leaders recently agreed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes an explicit target requiring all States to eliminate violence against children. Ireland played a pivotal role in negotiating the 2030 Agenda and it is heartening to see the Government and the Oireachtas take concrete action to make this a reality, in line with Ireland’s international human rights obligations.
SRSG Santos Pais participates in First Regional Summit on Digital Literacy and Citizenship "Technology for a Better World" - Buenos Aires 5-6 November 2015
SRSG Santos Pais participates as keynote speaker at the First Regional Summit on Digital Literacy and Citizenship "Technology for a Better World" which took place on November 5th and 6th in Tecnopolis, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The promotion of a safe, inclusive and empowering digital agenda for children is a key priority for the mandate and indispensable strategy to protect children from violence; this includes ensuring that children and teenagers can interact with ICT (Information and Communications Technology) without violence, and to promote the exercise of their rights to a safe, responsible and meaningful use of them.
SRSG launches new report on "Safeguarding the rights of girls in the criminal justice system - Preventing violence, stigmatization and deprivation of liberty"
In a high-level panel discussion, co-organized with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the Governments of Austria, Chile, Norway and Thailand, SRSG Santos Pais launched a new study on the critical role of criminal justice systems to prevent incidents of violence against girls, bring perpetrators to justice, and ensure recovery and social reintegration for victims.
Gender discrimination and gender-based violence remain pervasive, with long-lasting consequences on the lives of millions of girls. In society, in communities, in schools and in their homes, girls face specific vulnerabilities due to their gender and young age.
Gender-based violence is a pervasive and devastating manifestation of discrimination against women and girls. International human rights standards, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, provide a solid framework for preventing and responding to violence against girls in both public and private spheres. Unfortunately,
non-compliance with international human rights obligations to protect girls from all forms of violence
remains a serious challenge.
Bullying is a serious concern for millions of children all over the world. The scale, pervasiveness and impact of bullying on children’s development and wellbeing were discussed at a side event co-organized by SRSG Santos Pais with the Governments of Mexico and Japan. The event was held during the United Nations General Assembly‘s debate on the rights of the child, which this year places particular emphasis on children’s right to education.
Bullying compromises children’s rights, including the right to education. It presents special risks for children in situations of vulnerability, such as children with disabilities; children affected by migration or who are asylum seekers or refugees; children who are socially excluded; children who belong to a minority or who are indigenous.