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Governments, UN experts and civil society make strong call for ratification of Optional Protocol on a Communications Procedure (Video)

14/04/2014

Member states, UN experts and civil society representatives spoke at one voice to call for a swift ratification of the Optional Protocol on a Communications Procedure, at an event organized to celebrate the entry into force of the third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The Optional Protocol that enables children and their representatives to submit complaints to the Committee on the Rights of the Child about specific violations of their rights, was ratified by 10 countries* and entered into force this Monday.

Children can now lodge complaints with the UN about violations of their rights

14/04/2014

GENEVA (14 April 2014) – United Nations child rights experts have hailed a new treaty that allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights.

The treaty, known as the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure, has today (14 April) entered into force following its ratification by the required 10 countries*.

“Today marks the beginning of a new era for children’s rights. Children are now further empowered as this Optional Protocol recognises their capacity to exercise and claim their own rights,” the four UN child rights experts** said.

SRSG and Global Child Forum launch partnership to protect children from violence

SRSG and Global Child Forum launch partnership to protect children from violence
11/04/2014

SRSG Santos Pais and the Global Child Forum signed in Stockholm, Sweden, a strategic partnership agreement to safeguard children's right to freedom from violence

The agreement promotes collaboration with the corporate sector to support the implementation of the Children’s Rights and Business Principles, developed by UNICEF, the UN Global Compact and Save the Children, and advance progress in the follow-up to the recommendations of the UN Study on Violence against Children.

The cooperation agreement foresees the development of an online platform on children’s rights in the digital world to prevent child abuse and other online risks and support children's skills, confidence and safety when accessing information and communication technologies.

SRSG joins Child Parliamentarians in Slovenia to advance the protection of children’s rights

SRSG joins Child Parliamentarians in Slovenia
07/04/2014

The Children's Parliament of Slovenia is committed to place children’s rights high on the political agenda in the year that celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

On April 7th, SRSG Santos Pais joined the Slovenian Prime-Minister and other members of Government, members of the National Assembly and children's organizations in a lively session on the “Future of our societies – views of children and adolescents on the world's development” during which young parliamentarians requested more attention to be given to their views and recommendations.

“We recognize we are different, but we are also equal and no one should be excluded”, stressed the young participants. "The economic crisis cannot compromise children's rights or aggravate their marginalisation" they added.

SRSG celebrates Roma Day in Slovenia and calls for an end to discrimination and for better living conditions for children and their community

SRSG celebrates Roma Day
08/04/2014

SRSG Santos Pais joined the celebration of the International Roma Day participating in an event organized with the Roma community in Trebnje, in Slovenia.

The event in which Roma young children and their families took active part, marked the launch of the process of regularization of housing for the members of this community.

The event also served to recall that the Roma community remains victim of exclusion and discrimination, often lacking access to basic social services of quality, including pre-schooling and education, health, safe drinking water, sanitation and adequate housing.

Human Rights Council interactive dialogue with Special Representative on violence against children

12/03/2014

The Human Rights Council have held an interactive dialogue with the Special Representatives on violence against children and on children in armed conflict (12 March) in Geneva. Among other things, it has been highlighted that "children have a right to access justice in a system that is sensitive to their rights".

Let's be creative! Please help us in developing an exciting online tool for children and young people!

Let's be creative! Please help us in developing an exciting online tool children
19/03/2014

The Office of the Special Representative on Violence against Children is developing a web tool for children to provide a platform for children to share and access resources for/by children about ending and preventing violence (a sort of ‘clearinghouse’ of resources). An online survey for children has been developed to help  gain a better understanding of how children currently use and access resources and what kind of online tool could be most useful to them. The survey is available in English, French, Arabic and Spanish (links provided below) and should take 15-20 minutes to complete. PDF versions of the survey are also available in case this is easier for children to fill out. (please return to  akapell@unicef.org).

SRSG joins strategic partners in inter-governmental expert meeting to develop new UN model strategies and practical measures on the elimination of violence against children in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice

RSG joins strategic partners in inter-governmental expert meeting in Bangkok
19/02/2014

Building upon General Assembly resolution A/RES/68/189, an inter-governmental expert group met in Bangkok to develop United Nations model strategies to address violence against children in the criminal justice system. Chaired by Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol, and hosted by the Government of Thailand in cooperation with the Thailand Institute of Justice and UNODC, the meeting gathered experts from different regions, representing governments, UN agencies and civil society organizations.

SRSG welcomes the new report issued by the IAHRC on “The Right of Boys and Girls to a Family. Alternative Care. Ending Institutionalization in the Americas”

SRSG welcomes the new report issued by the IAHRC
19/02/2014

Washington, D.C.—Since it was created, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has taken different steps to ensure that the rights of children and adolescents in the Americas are promoted and protected. In this context, the IACHR is presenting its report on “The right of boys and girls to a family. Alternative care. Ending institutionalization in the Americas”*.

Annual Report to the Human Rights Council - 2014

A-HRC-25-47
03/01/2014

The present annual report contains a review of key developments and initiatives promoted by the Special Representative to accelerate progress in children’s protection from violence, and identifies efforts required for sustaining and scaling up achievements made.