Children's Declaration presented at the Sub-Regional Meeting for Follow-up to the UN Study on Violence against Children in the Caribbean - Jamaica
"Today, we the delegates present to you our declaration first because we would like to think of it as strategy to get you to listen to what we have to say before you formulate the plans you have for us. This would further concrete the reason as to why you are here to first ask us what we think as opposed to you planning and deciding and then asking. Therefore we would like to present our points and hope that our voices won’t be left in this conference room.
Violence against Children in the spotlight at Caribbean meeting co-organized by SRSG Marta Santos Pais
Caribbean leaders converged at the Jamaica Conference Centre May 14-15, to discuss stepping up efforts to tackle the regional epidemic of violence against children.
Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, and Jamaica’s Minister of Youth and Culture the Hon. Lisa Hanna, were among 150 delegates from CARICOM Member-States, civil society groups and adolescents who participated in the meeting.
The meeting was hosted by the Government of Jamaica and co-organized with the SRSG, the Global Movement for Children in Latin America and the Caribbean and CARICOM.
Marta Santos Pais emphasizes importance of juvenile justice system based on the respect of the rights of the child in her message to the 21st Session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
The SRSG on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, participated in the 21st Session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice that took place in Vienna.
The SRSG emphasized the importance of a juvenile justice system based on the respect of the rights of the child for the prevention and elimination of incidents of violence against children.
“It is critical to consolidate a child sensitive and non-intimidating justice environment within which children’s freedom from violence can be safeguarded at all times, including in cases of deprivation of liberty”, added Marta Santos Pais.
Marta Santos Pais, the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Violence Against Children, visited Tanzania in September 2011. During her four day visit, Marta Santos Pais advocated for Ministers and Senior Government officials both on the Mainland and Zanzibar to translate their commitment statements into tangible actions, to prevent and respond to all forms of violence against children.
SRSG welcomes the accession by Malaysia to the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography
NEW YORK, 16 April 2012 - The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, welcomes the accession by the Government of Malaysia to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography.
“With this important decision Malaysia expresses a decisive commitment to secure children’s protection from violence and prevent the risk of their exploitation as victims of sale, prostitution and pornography.”
International Day for Street Children 12 April - Statement of support by the SRSG on VAC, Marta Santos Pais
“It is easy to get beaten if you are a street boy. People can rape you. There is nothing you can do but run away if you are lucky”
Boy, 12 living in the street. Eastern and Southern Africa. 2005 (UN Study on Violence against Children)
“In joining the commemoration on April 12 of the International Day for Street Children, I reiterate my strong support to the promotion of the rights of children living and or working on the streets, including their protection from all forms of violence.
Commemorating the first anniversary of her mandate, SRSG Santos Pais met in Ghana with more than 80 children from the West African region, to assess the impact of violence on their lives and about ways of promoting children’s participation to prevent and respond to all forms of violence, and to ensure children’s voices are heard in the follow up process to the UN Study on Violence against Children.
The Comparative Arab Report on Implementing the Recommendations of the UN Secretary-General's Study on Violence against Children
Foreword by Dr. Sima Bahous, Assistant Secretary General Foreword by Dr. Sima Bahous, Assistant Secretary General:
The Social Sector at the League of Arab States (LAS) is pleased to present “The Comparative Arab
Report on Implementing the Recommendations of The UN Secretary-General’s Study on Violence
against Children”, which was prepared by the Department of Family and Childhood (DFC), in its
capacity as the Technical Secretariat of the Arab Childhood Committee. Following extensive regional
consultations on the efforts of Arab States to protect children against violence, and a study conducted
to this end, this Comparative Arab Report evaluates the efforts of 19 Arab countries to end violence
against children, and presents a pan-Arab vision of future steps needed to provide protection for
children against all forms of violence and abuse.
On Thursday, March 8, the SRSG Santos Pais participated in the Thematic Debate on:"Children and the Administration of Justice" in the afternoon panel: "Children deprived of liberty and children of incarcerated parents: protection and realization of their rights".
The meeting contributed to take stock of the implementation of the Convention to achieve a better understanding of the situation of children in conflict and in contact with the law, identifying main challenges and recommendations to move forward in accordance with international standards.
The webcast of the event can be found here.
The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG) presented her new report during the 19th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) on 7 March 2012, in Geneva. The SRSG presented her Report in the Interactive Dialogue on Violence and Sale of Children. The presentation of the report can be found here.