Summary of the high-level panel discussion on the question of the death penalty - Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
The present report is submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council decision 22/117. It provides a summary of the high-level discussion on the question of the death penalty held on 5 March 2014 at the twenty-fifth session of the Council. The aim of the panel discussion was (a) the exchange of views on advances, best practices and challenges relating to the abolition of the death penalty and to the introduction of a moratorium on executions and (b) the exchange of views relating to national debates on or processes for the abolition of the death penalty.
Pursuant to Human Rights Council decision 18/117, the present report is submitted in order to update previous reports on the question of the death penalty. The report confirms that the trend towards the universal abolition of the death penalty is continuing. However, numerous concerns remain with regard to the lack of respect for international human rights norms and standards in States that still impose the death penalty. As requested in Human Rights Council resolution 22/11, the report also includes information on the human rights of children of parents sentenced to the death penalty or executed.
Birth registration and the right of everyone to recognition everywhere as a person before the law - Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
The present report contains an overview of the global rates of birth registration, a universal human right recognized in a number of international instruments. It considers the consequences and impact of non-registration on human rights, particularly since the right to be registered at birth is closely linked to the realization of many other rights, such as the right to health and the right to education. It also analyses the barriers to access to birth registration, provides examples of good practices and makes a number of recommendations to ensure the universal implementation of this right.
London, 22 July 2014 - SRSG Santos Pais participated in the Girl Summit held in London, UK. The Girl Summit rallied a global movement to end child, early and forced marriage and FGM for all girls within a generation. Doing this will help preserve girls' childhoods, promote their education, reduce their exposure to violence and abuse, and allow them to fulfil their potential in life. The event was webcasted here.
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Regions define actions to curb violence against young children - SRSG organizes Fourth Cross-Regional Round Table in Jamaica
Kingston, 1 July 2014 - Acting as a bridge-builder between regions, the SRSG convenes each year a Cross-Regional Round Table on violence against children. This important annual forum enables regional organizations and institutions to assess progress achieved, reflect on trends and common concerns, share planned initiatives and identify opportunities for cross-regional cooperation.
This year and for the first time, the Round Table also addressed a priority area of common concern: the prevention and elimination of violence in early childhood.
Report on the 23rd session Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice - ECOSOC (Includes - United Nations Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence against Children in Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice)
United Nations Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence against Children in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
1. The United Nations Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence against Children in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice have been prepared to help Member States to address the need for
integrated strategies for violence prevention and child protection, thereby offering children the protection to which they have an unqualified right.
Resolution on the Rights of the Child: Access to justice for Children - Human Rights Council (25th Session)
Rights of the child: access to justice for children
The Human Rights Council,
Emphasizing that the Convention on the Rights of the Child constitutes the standard in the promotion and protection of the rights of the child, reaffirming that States parties to the Convention shall undertake all appropriate legislative, administrative and other measures for the implementation of the rights recognized therein, and, bearing in mind the importance of the Optional Protocols to the Convention, calling for their universal ratification and effective implementation, as well as of other human rights instruments,
Welcoming the twenty-fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child,
The Human Rights Council,
Guided by the Charter of the United Nations, and reaffirming the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenants on Human Rights and other relevant international human rights instruments,
Emphasizing that the Convention on the Rights of the Child constitutes the standard in the promotion and protection of the rights of the child, bearing in mind the Optional Protocols thereto on the involvement of children in armed conflict and on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, and reaffirming its provisions, purposes and principles, in particular its article 19, and the obligations of State parties thereto,
The General Assembly,
Reaffirming its resolution 66/140 of 19 December 2011 and all relevant resolutions on the girl child, and recalling the agreed conclusions of the Commission on the Status of Women, in particular those relevant to the girl child,
Recalling all human rights and other instruments relevant to the rights of the child, in particular the girl child, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child,the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women,the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Optional Protocols thereto and the Convention on Consent to Marriage, Minimum Age for Marriage and Registration of Marriages,