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Special Representative on Violence against Children and UNICEF Germany launch a report calling for children's protection from all forms of violence

First Lady, Bettina Wulff and SRSG Santos Pais at the launch of UNICEF report
30/06/2011

 Berlin - The study "Kinder vor Gewalt schützen" ["Protecting Children from Violence"] was launched in Berlin, in a press conference sponsored by the German National Committee for UNICEF with the participation of First Lady, Ms. Bettina Wulff. 

The study was made public as the German Parliament starts the review of a new law on child protection, expected to strengthen early interventions to prevent violence and abuse.

International Expert Consultation on Violence against Children and Law Reform - Geneva

07/07/2011

On 6 and 7 July 2011, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG), Ms. Marta Santos Pais, in cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), and the International NGO Advisory Council on Violence against Children, hosted an expert consultation on law reform in Geneva.

The meeting brought together experts from different regions and countries with experience in the process and content of legal reform related to violence against children in different settings.

South South News: Panel discussion on engaging faith-based organizations to “Stop Violence Against Children” held at UN Headquarters

Panel discussion on engaging faith-based organizations- Marta Santos Pais
30/06/2011

NEW YORK- The Permanent Representative of Chile to the UN, H.E. Mr. Octavio Errazuriz, opened this lunch time programme in Conference Room 2. Also participating were Ms. Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children; Dr. Susan Bissell, Associate Director, Child Protection Section, Propgramme Division, UNICEF; Mr. Kul Chandra Gautam, Convening Chair, World Day of Prayer and Action for Children, and Ms. Jaqueline Ogega, Director, Women's Program, Religions for Peace.

Focus online: Kinder besser vor Gewalt schützen

Focus online Marta Santos Pais
30/06/2011

 

Missbrauch und Schläge: Der Unicef-Report 2011 offenbart, dass weltweit bis zu 1,5 Milliarden Kinder körperlich missbraucht werden. Die Kinderschutzorganisation moniert, dass zu wenige Staaten ihre kleinen Bürger per Gesetz schützen.

Spiegel Online: Schläge für den Sohn, Säure für die Tochter

Spiegel Online: Marta Santos Pais
30/06/2011

 

Sexuelle Erniedrigung, Schläge, Zwangsarbeit: Gewalt gegen Kinder ist allgegenwärtig, vor allem in armen Ländern. In Europa ist die Situation besser - doch auch hier sind Übergriffe laut Unicef keine Ausnahme. Allein in Deutschland nahmen die Jugendämter 33.700 Minderjährige in Obhut.

Panel discussion on promoting the Rights of children with disabilities

18/06/2011

Panel discussion organized by the Delegation of the European Union to the UN, the Permanent Mission of Uruguay to the UN, UNICEF, and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York to discuss better ways to promote and protect the rights of children with disabilities.

In this video:
Marta Santos Pais, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children;
Corinna Csáky, Child Protection Adviser for Save the Children UK

Other participants at the event:
Vladimir Cuk, International Disability Alliance Social Development and Human Rights Officer;
Pedro Serrano, Head of the EU Delegation to the UN;
Richard Morgan, UNICEF Director of Policy and Practice ;

Statement by the SRSG on Violence against Children on the Adoption of ILO Convention on Domestic Workers

Statement by the SRSG on Violence against Children on the Adoption of ILO Conven
22/06/2011

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children warmly welcomes the adoption by the annual Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) of a new international convention which will contribute to improving the working conditions of domestic workers worldwide, and which will protect children from falling victim to child domestic labour.

SRSG welcomes the adoption of a new protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child introducing a system of individual complaints for children

SRSG welcomes adoption of a new protocol to the Convention Photo:Miguel Caldeira
21/06/2011

"The adoption by the Human Rights Council of a new Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child is an historical and commendable decision.

The new protocol will enable children to challenge the violation of their human rights and will consolidate the international system of acountability for human rights.

This important decision is critical to break the invisibility and impunity surrounding incidents of violence against children, and to empower child victims to report and complaint without fear of reprisals and further victimization.

UN FOCUSES ON RIGHTS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

UN FOCUSES ON RIGHTS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
18/06/2011

NEW YORK- Presentations by a variety of stakeholders discussed issues around the rights of children with disabilities today at UN Headquarters. The session was sponsored by the European Union, UNICEF and a number of civil society organizations, including the International Disability Alliance, Save the Children and Handicapped International.

Ms. Akiko Ito, Chief of the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), introduced the session. Ms. Ito said that this issue is important in the development process.

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Media Global: Syria’s children suffer as the regime attempts to hold onto power

Media Global: Syria’s children suffer as the regime attempts to hold onto power
17/06/2011

Graphic evidence has surfaced of the detainment, torture, and murder of children during the Syrian uprisings, prompting a distressed international community to appeal to the Syrian government. Despite
Syria’s commitments to uphold the protection of its children, eyewitness reports and video footage circulating the internet reveal a level of violence that violates the rights of children.

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