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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”*.

Basic principles on the use of restorative justice programmes in criminal matters

ECOSOC Resolution 2002/12
24/07/2002
Basic principles on the use of restorative justice programmes in criminal matters
 
Preamble
 
Recalling that there has been, worldwide, a significant growth of restorative justice initiatives, 
 
Recognizing that those initiatives often draw upon traditional and indigenous forms of justice which view crime as fundamentally harmful to people,
 
Emphasizing that restorative justice is an evolving response to crime that respects the dignity and equality of each person, builds understanding, and promotes social harmony through the healing of victims, offenders and communities,
 
Stressing that this approach enables those affected by crime to share openly their feelings and experiences, and aims at addressing their needs,
 

A world without violence against children and the Post-2015 Agenda - Side event

05/02/2014

5 Feb 2014 - Side Event organised by World Vision International.
Event co-hosted by the Permanent Missions of Canada and Paraguay to the UN and the Office of the Secretary General Special Representative on Violence Against Children, Mrs. Marta Santos Pais. 

#speakupforme: Proposals to end the placement of children under 3 in residential care institutions

07/01/2014
A CALL TO ACTION
To end the placement of children under three years of age in institutions
 
We urge Latin American and the Caribbean States to put an end to the placement of boys and girls under three years of age in residential care institutions. Most countries in the region rely disproportionately on institutionalisation as a child protection strategy despite the fact that this approach should be used only in exceptional circumstances.
 

#speakupforme: Proposals to end the placement of children under 3 in residential care institutions

07/01/2014
A CALL TO ACTION
To end the placement of children under three years of age in institutions
 
We urge Latin American and the Caribbean States to put an end to the placement of boys and girls under three years of age in residential care institutions. Most countries in the region rely disproportionately on institutionalisation as a child protection strategy despite the fact that this approach should be used only in exceptional circumstances.
 

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

14/01/2014

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

SRSG addressed the World Forum on Human Rights
19/12/2013

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

COM (2013) 833
25/11/2013

1. INTRODUCTION

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.

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

20/11/2013

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.