Cambodia has launched a U.N.- backed survey into violence against children that found most abuse is carried out by family or adult relatives.
The survey in Cambodia, part of a U.N. program on the extent of child violence, found emotional, sexual and physical abuse of children was rampant, with more than half of minors encountering some form of physical violence by age 18.
The survey, with the backing of the Cambodian Government, found a quarter of children were subjected to emotional abuse, often by parents or a close relative, while five percent of males and females reported sexual abuse as a child.
U.N. special representative on violence against children Marta Santos Pais says the survey's findings highlight how children often remain silent to abuse, an outcome that can perpetuate a cycle of violence into the next generation.
Senior Lao officials and United Nations representatives met in Vientiane yesterday to discuss the development of the Law on Violence against Women and Children.
According to the Unicef office in Vientiane, Ms Santos Pais took part in a roundtable discussion on the new law with members of the National Assembly, Ministry of Justice, National Commission for Mothers and Children and other related government parties.National Assembly President Ms Pany Yathotou told the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Ms Marta Santos Pais, during her visit to the Assembly “The development of this new law will create better understanding about the issue of violence against women and children.”
Vientiane, 23 October 2014 – During her visit to Lao PDR, SRSG Santos Pais met with H. E. Pany Yathotou, President of the National Assembly, to discuss the important work taking place on the development of a new Law on Violence against Women and Children in Lao PDR.
“In recent years, Lao PDR has made tremendous strides in tackling violence against children,” said SRSG Santos Pais. “But, like all over the world, much more can and should be done. The fact that so many Government parties are sitting together today is a signal that Lao PDR is committed to ending violence against children. As we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child this year, we are reminded that all partners have a role in protecting the rights of children everywhere.”
22 October 2014 – Over half of Cambodian children have experienced at least one form of violence before the age of 18 while roughly a quarter have been emotionally abused, a new United Nations-backed survey has revealed, exploring the magnitude and nature of violence against children in the Southeast Asian country.
The first assessment of its kind in East Asia and the Pacific region, Cambodia’s Violence against Children Survey (CVACS) asked 2,376 children and young people aged 13 to 24 from across the country about their experiences of physical, emotional and sexual violence before the age of 18.
SRSG Santos Pais key-note speaker in launch of first national household survey on violence against children in Asia
Phnom Penh, 22 October 2014 – In a three-day mission to Cambodia, SRSG Santos Pais joined the Government of Cambodia in the launch of the findings of the national Survey on Violence against Children. SRSG Santos Pais commended the Government for conducting this groundbreaking survey and for committing to a policy response and noted that it can provide a model for Asia and across regions.
During her visit, she also discussed the findings of the survey with senior government leaders, civil society organizations and representatives of young people.
The Cambodia’s Violence Against Children Survey 2013 provides, for the first time, national estimates that show the magnitude and nature of violence experienced by girls and young women, and boys and young men in Cambodia.
This study launched with SRSG Santos Pais was led by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, and coordinated by UNICEF and the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – will inform action on the part of the government to prevent and respond to violence against children by, among others, promoting a change in perception, attitudes and practices.
Releasing children’s potential and minimizing risks: ICTs, the Internet and Violence against Children - High-level panel discussion
High-level panel discussion on “Releasing children’s potential and minimizing risks: Information and Communication Technologies, the Internet and Violence against Children”.
Co-organized by the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children and the Government of Costa Rica in cooperation with UNICEF.
Children want the elimination of violence to be a priority in the post-2015 development agenda- SRSG launches review of consultations with children across regions
More than 800.000 children were involved in the numerous consultations held across the world on the future sustainable development goals. The report just launched by SRSG Santos Pais in New York captures the richness of children’s opinions and their recommendations for the future. “The message from the children involved in the consultations has been clear and unambiguous: violence is a major obstacle to child development and it urgently needs to be brought to an end!” - she said.
SRSG launches report: "Why Children’s Protection from Violence should be at the Heart of the Post-2015 Development Agenda - A Review of Consultations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda"
Freedom from violence is critical to achieving a sustainable future in which every child can grow up healthy, well-nourished, resilient, well-educated, culturally sensitive and effectively protected from neglect, abuse and exploitation.
As the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) draws near, the international community is discussing how to shape a sustainable development agenda beyond 2015.
SRSG Santos Pais presented her annual report in an interactive dialogue with the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly.
"25 years after its adoption, the CRC is as relevant as it was in 1989. Despite important progress achieved in many regards, fear and pain continue to haunt the lives of millions of children. For these children, the convention is a broken promise." - she said.