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”
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”*.
SRSG VAC welcomes the historic entry into force of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure
New York – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Ms. Marta Santos Pais welcomes the ratification by Costa Rica1 of the Optional Protocol on a Communications Procedure which paves the way to the historic entry into force of the Protocol on 14 April 2014.
SRSG addressed the World Forum on Human Rights hosted by the Government of Brazil on December 10 – 13, 2013 in Brasilia
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Ms. Marta Santos Pais, addressed the World Forum on Human Rights in which more than 9000 participants from around the world took part. The World Forum was convened by the Government of Brazil to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In her address on “Safeguard of Human Rights and the Fight against Violence” the SRSG presented the key findings of the Global Survey Report, conducted by her office, highlighting the progress achieved and persisting challenges on the implementation of the UN Study on Violence against Children, as well as priority areas for future action.
Communication from the European Commission to the European Parliament and the Council - Towards the elimination of female genital mutilation
Every year, millions of women and girls worldwide have their quality of life drastically altered by female genital mutilation (FGM). The procedure involves partial or total removal of their external genitalia or other injury to their genital organs for non-medical reasons. Thousands of women and girls living in Europe are affected or at risk.
FGM is internationally recognised as a violation of women’s human rights and a form of child abuse. In common with other forms of gender-based violence, ‘it constitutes a breach of the fundamental right to life, liberty, security, dignity, equality between women and men, nondiscrimination and physical and mental integrity. It also violates the rights of the child as defined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Second Comparative Arab Report on Implementing the Recomendations of the UN Secretary-General's Study on Violence against Children
Foreword by Ambassador Faeqa Saeed AlSaleh, Assistant Secretary General LAS
SRSG joins other UN child rights experts calling for Violence against Children to be a priority and a cross cutting concern in the post-2015 agenda
GENEVA/NEW YORK – Governments should make child protection from violence a priority in the post-2015 development agenda and back their commitments with proper funding, five top United Nations child rights experts* said today.
“Every day, millions of children are affected by conflict, suffer from violence, neglect, abuse and exploitation at home, in schools, in institutions, in the community and in places where they work. These situations are not inevitable and they can be effectively prevented,” the experts said in a call to mark Universal Children’s Day on 20 November.
The post-2015 framework is a renewed opportunity to ensure that children’s rights are front and centre in the global development agenda to effectively prevent and address violence against children and fight impunity for crimes committed against them.