SRSG VAC organizes international conference on crime prevention and reintegration of children in contact with the law: contributions to the UN Global Study on children deprived of liberty
From November 28-29, in Santiago de Chile, the “International Conference on Crime Prevention and Reintegration of Children in contact with the Law ” took place. This event was co-organized by the Ministry of the Interior and Public Security, the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights and the National Council for Children of the Government of Chile; the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children (SRSG VAC) and UNICEF Chile.
This event was sponsored by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO) and it was designed as a concrete contribution to the elaboration of the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, particularly in identifying innovative practices and policies that aim at avoiding the deprivation of children’s liberty.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities: SRSG Santos Pais calls for an end to all forms of violence against children with disabilities
“Whether it happens in families or in the community, in schools or online, violence against children with disabilities must come to an end,” said SRSG Santos Pais. “In spite of limited data and research on this issue, available studies reveal an alarming prevalence of violence against children with disabilities, from higher vulnerability to physical and emotional violence when they are young, to greater risks of sexual violence as they reach puberty.”
Armed violence in the community compromises children’s rights and is associated with serious risks for their
development and safety, causing children to be injured, disabled, traumatized, exploited, orphaned, imprisoned and at times killed. Living in a community affected by armed violence has consequences for children who are targeted as well as those who witness or feel threatened by such an environment. Armed violence disrupts social harmony and family life, interrupts schooling, compromises health care, undermines economic development and generates fear which limits children’s ability to move freely, participate in
the life of their community, enjoy childhood and develop as empowered citizens.
The General Assembly,
Recalling its resolution 69/158 of 18 December 2014 on protecting children from bullying, all its previous resolutions on the rights of the child and the resolutions adopted by the Human Rights Council that are relevant to the protection of children from bullying,
Emphasizing that the Convention on the Rights of the Child constitutes the standard in the promotion and protection of the rights of the child and that States parties to the Convention shall undertake all appropriate legislative, administrative and other measures for the implementation of the rights recognized therein,
Recalling the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training, and noting the adoption of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Declaration of Principles on Tolerance,
SRSG Santos Pais calls for urgent action to end all forms of sexual violence against children, within and across borders
On the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, SRSG Santos Pais highlighted the central role of States, as well as families, teachers, law enforcement officials and other community members to raise awareness and mobilize action to end the sexual abuse and exploitation of children.
“The European Day is a momentous occasion to reaffirm our commitment to discuss and address the many risks children face and to feel reignited in our resolve to combat any form of sexual violence of children, by informing parents and empowering children to prevent and respond to these serious human rights violations, by supporting child victims to access safe and age sensitive institutions for redress, recovery and reintegration; and by enhancing the capacity of professionals and helping to fight impunity” said SRSG Santos Pais.
18 November: End Child Sex Abuse Day
Sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children can happen online, on a phone, on the streets or through a webcam, at home or at school. It can be inflicted by someone in the child’s circle of trust or even a complete stranger and can cause lifelong damage to the child’s physical and mental health.
His Holiness Pope Francis calls on the international community to protect children from violence and maltreatment
At the end of the General Audience in the Vatican on 16 November, His Holiness Pope Francis appealed to the conscience of all, of institutions and families, to ensure the protection of children from violence. The appeal was made in view of the celebration of the International Day of Children's Rights, on November 20th.
In his message, Pope Francis prayed for the protection of children who are victims of slavery, recruitment by armed groups and maltreatment. His Holiness called on the international community to be vigilant and safeguard children's lives, to ensure the right of every boy and girl to school and education, to enable them to grow up serene and with confidence in the future.
The original message from His Holiness Pope Francis can be found here
SRSG Santos Pais welcomes the Call to Action to End Crimes and Extreme Violence against Children adopted by the International Policy Conference on the Rights of the Child, organized by the African Child Policy Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. With the participation of policy makers, researchers, religious leaders, civil society organizations, child rights experts and the media from around the African continent, this biennial conference shed light on the often fatal forms of violence that children face as a result of discriminatory and harmful beliefs and practices towards particularly marginalised and vulnerable children. Serious cases of infanticides, and attacks on children with albinism or those accused of witchcraft, as well as needed actions to secure the protection of girls and boys deserved a special attention by participants from countries across the continent.