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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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Day of the African Child

16/06/2011

On June 16, we commemorate the Day of the African Child, established in honour of the courageous protests by thousands of school children in 1976, in Soweto, South Africa, who were demanding an education of quality and the right to learn in their own language. That moment was the beginning of a dream for the recognition of children’s rights everywhere and at all times, a dream we remain committed to pursue!

UNICEF and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children welcome Government of Pakistan’s commitment to protect children from sexual exploitation

SRSG welcomes Pakistan's commitment to protect children from sexual exploitation
09/06/2011

ISLAMABAD – In a joint statement with the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children, UNICEF Pakistan today welcomed the Government of Pakistan’s move to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.

“The ratification of this Optional Protocol marks a significant milestone in the efforts to protect children from sexual exploitation in Pakistan. This is also part of a global effort to bring the international community together in the fight against the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography,” said Dan Rohrmann, UNICEF Pakistan Representative.

In Ethiopia, Universal Ratification Campaign targets protecting all African children

08/06/2011

Photo: @UNICEF/Ethiopia/2011/Mwangi

By Anthony Mwangi
UNICEF Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – About 50 high level participants from Ethiopia, the African Union Commission, UN agencies, international organizations and civil society attended the African Universal Ratification Campaign at the end of May in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

 Making commitments

Statement - SRSG Santos Pais calls upon Syria to protect children from violence

Statement - SRSG Santos Pais calls upon Syria to protect children from violence
03/06/2011

New York, 3 June 2011 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, expresses her deep concern at the continued acts of violence perpetrated against children in the context of the on-going unrest in Syria.

The Special Representative urges the Government of Syria to ensure the protection of all children from violence, in accordance with its obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the commitments it has undertaken in the Marrakesh Declaration, adopted last December by the Fourth Arab High Level Conference on the Rights of the Child.

Violence against children must stop and children’s safety must be upheld at all times.

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).