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,
SRSG welcomes adoption of ban on violence against children in Brazil (Portuguese version below/Versão em Português em baixo)
SRSG Santos Pais welcomes the enactment by President Dilma Rousseff of Law 13.010 which recognizes the right of the child to be cared for and educated without any form of corporal punishment or degrading treatment. The new law was enacted enters into force on 26 June 2014.
"The adoption of this new legislation marks an historic day for Brazilian children. It strengthens Brazil's efforts to safeguard children's rights and it gains a decisive global relevance as it increases the percentage of the world’s children protected by a legal ban against all forms of violence from 5% to 8%!" highlighted the Special Representative.
SRSG calls for the establishment of an Ombudsman for children to promote the best interests of the child and address violations of children’s rights
Berlin - At the launch of the 2014 UNICEF report “Every Child has Rights”, in Berlin, SRSG Santos Pais praised progress in the area of child protection, but recalled that many challenges persist a quarter-century after the adoption of the UN Convention on Rights of the Child. In this regard, the Special Representative highlighted the importance of establishing independent institutions for children’s rights as well as child sensitive counselling, reporting and complaint mechanisms to address violence against children as a key component of effective national strategies to safeguard children’s rights.
Regional organizations and SRSG enhance cooperation to strengthen the protection of young children from violence
SRSG Santos Pais and representatives from regional organisations and institutions will hold on June 30 and July 1 a Cross-Regional Round Table on the prevention of violence in early childhood. The meeting is promoted by the SRSG and hosted, in Kingston, by the Government of Jamaica.
Violence prevention in early childhood is a priority for the SRSG mandate and a critical strategy to break the cycle of violence compromising children's rights. In early years, children experience the most rapid process of growth and development; but this is also the time during which children are at high risk of violence, often associated with irreversible consequences for their health and well-being.
San José, Costa Rica, June 6, 2014– Reducing risks associated with the use of technology and promoting its beneficial potential is the theme of the International Consultation organized by the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations organized in Costa Rica with the support of UNICEF, in cooperation with the Costa Rican government and opened by Vice President of the Republic, Ms. Ana Helena Chacon Echeverria.
Given the increasing number of cases of violence against children in Costa Rica, UN agencies and partner organizations working in children’s rights seek to establish dialogue platforms to enhance cooperation to prevent and eliminate the phenomenon that affects thousands of children and adolescents in Costa Rica and the world.
The Brazilian Senate approved a new law prohibiting all forms of corporal punishment against children.
"With this historic decision, Brazilian children can grow up in safety and in a protective environment, and violence can be made part of a distant past" said SRSG Santos Pais. "I wholeheartedly welcome the adoption of this new law. It marks a turning point in Brazil's efforts to safeguard children's rights and it also gains a decisive global relevance. Indeed, with the enactment of this legislation, the percentage of the world’s children protected by a legal ban on all forms of violence will increase from 5% to 8%!" highlighted the Special Representative.