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Brazil to adopt legal ban on corporal punishment of children

Brazil to adopt legal ban on corporal punishment of children
19/05/2011

Brazília - The announcement that Brazil is very close to enacting a total prohibition of corporal punishment of children came during a seminar on legislative responses against corporal punishment of children and adolescents, held in the House of Representatives of Brazil. The event was organized by the Embassy of Sweden, the Brazilian Government and Save the Children Sweden to discuss the draft Bill 7.672/10 prohibiting corporal punishment against children, known in Brazil as “Lei da Palmada”, and benefit from the experiences of Sweden - the first country in the world to introduce such legislation - and other countries in the Latin American region which have adopted similar laws – Costa Rica, Venezuela and Uruguay.

Three countries commit to ratification of the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography

16/05/2011

New York - Representatives of Finland, Mauritius and Pakistan announced their countries' intention to ratify the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography in the near future. The announcements were made during an event held at UN headquarters today to commemorate the first anniversary of the campaign for universal ratification of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography (OPSC) and on the involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (OPAC).

Childwatch: The UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children has established a website

12/05/2011

Childwatch International Research Network

New Website: Violence Against Children

The UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children has established a website

Published May 10, 2011
Link to the Violence Against Children website

On the need for research:

Implementing Child Rights in early childhood debate

13/10/2010

Interactive Panel Discussion on Implementing Child Rights in Early Childhood
 

13 October 2010, UNICEF, New York - The investment in early childhood was at centre stage in an interactive panel hosted by UNICEF with the support of the Permanent Missions to the United Nations of Barbados, Belgium, Uruguay, and the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, and in collaboration with Plan International, Save the Children, World Vision and America Latina en Accion Solidaria (ALAS).
The panel discussion addressed key child rights dimensions in early childhood, the focus theme for the 2010 General Assembly on the Rights of the Child.
 

Global Child Labour Conference 2010 - Roadmap

11/05/2010

Global Child Labour Conference 2010 - Roadmap adopted
More than 500 delegates from 97 countries, participants of the Global Child Labour Conference 2010, 10-11 May 2010, The Hague, have agreed on a Roadmap aimed at "substantially increasing" global efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labour by 2016.

 

Separated Haitian children risk being sold, trafficked or kept in slave-like conditions: UN human rights experts

02/02/2010

Media Statement

2 February 2010

Separated Haitian children risk being sold, trafficked or kept in slave-like conditions: UN human rights experts

GENEVA – “There is an increased risk of unaccompanied children in Haiti, including orphans and restaveks*, being abducted, enslaved, sold or trafficked, due to increased insecurity in the country,” a group of UN human rights experts warned Tuesday**.

The experts, who are mandated by the Human Rights Council to monitor slavery, sale of children, trafficking and violence against children, stressed that “protection of children must be at the heart of the relief operation in Haiti.”

Water quality, a matter of children’s rights, say UN experts

22/03/2010

Media Statement

The following statement has been issued by a group of UN human rights experts to mark World Water Day, 22 March 2010

Water quality, a matter of children’s rights, say UN experts

GENEVA – “With an estimated 884 million people relying on unimproved drinking water sources, access to safe drinking water is clearly a human rights issue, with serious implications for children’s health, education and even personal security,” says the UN Independent Expert on water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque.

South American Meeting on the follow-up to the UN Study on Violence against Children

28/04/2011

Asuncion, Paraguay - The Sub-Regional meeting of follow up to the UN Study on Violence against Children in South-America was held in Asuncion, Paraguay, on 28 and 29 of April. Co-organized by the SRSG Office with the Global Movement for Children Chapter of Latin America and Caribbean and the Government of Paraguay, the meeting was recognized of "national interest" by a Paraguayan Presidential Decree and attended by high level governmental delegations, by a wide spectrum of civil society organizations, as well as by children and adolescents from countries in the region.

Small arms - Report of the Secretary-General

S/2011/255
05/04/2011

In his 2008 report on small arms (S/2008/258), the Secretary-General provided an overview of the negative impact of illicit small arms on security, human rights and social and economic development, in particular in areas of conflict. The report indicated that the issue of small arms could not be addressed with arms control
measures alone; such measures needed to be part of a wider spectrum of policy solutions in which security, crime, human rights, health and development intersected.