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Addis Ababa Declaration on Ending Child Marriage in Africa - African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC)

11/04/2014
"We, the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC), and representatives from the African Union, the Regional Economic Communities, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), International Non-governmental Organisations (INGOs), UN agencies, and child rights experts from across Africa, present at the Day of General Discussion on “Ending Child Marriage in Africa” organised during the 23rd Session of the ACERWC:
 
Recognising article 21(2) of the Charter;
 
Child Marriage and the betrothal of girls and boys shall be prohibited and effective action ,including legislation, shall be taken to specify the minimum age of marriage to be 18 years and make registration of all marriages in an official registry compulsory.
 

UN NEWS CENTER - "New treaty enables children to lodge complaints with UN about rights violations"

Millions of girls and boys worldwide are victims of sexual exploitation.
14/04/2014

14 April 2014 – United Nations child rights experts today hailed a new treaty that allows children to complain directly to the world body about alleged violations of their rights.

The treaty, known as the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure, entered into force today – three months after Costa Rica became the 10th country to deposit its instrument of ratification.

Human Rights Council interactive dialogue with Special Representative on violence against children

12/03/2014

The Human Rights Council have held an interactive dialogue with the Special Representatives on violence against children and on children in armed conflict (12 March) in Geneva. Among other things, it has been highlighted that "children have a right to access justice in a system that is sensitive to their rights".

Let's be creative! Please help us in developing an exciting online tool for children and young people!

Let's be creative! Please help us in developing an exciting online tool children
19/03/2014

The Office of the Special Representative on Violence against Children is developing a web tool for children to provide a platform for children to share and access resources for/by children about ending and preventing violence (a sort of ‘clearinghouse’ of resources). An online survey for children has been developed to help  gain a better understanding of how children currently use and access resources and what kind of online tool could be most useful to them. The survey is available in English, French, Arabic and Spanish (links provided below) and should take 15-20 minutes to complete. PDF versions of the survey are also available in case this is easier for children to fill out. (please return to  akapell@unicef.org).

SRSG joins strategic partners in inter-governmental expert meeting to develop new UN model strategies and practical measures on the elimination of violence against children in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice

RSG joins strategic partners in inter-governmental expert meeting in Bangkok
19/02/2014

Building upon General Assembly resolution A/RES/68/189, an inter-governmental expert group met in Bangkok to develop United Nations model strategies to address violence against children in the criminal justice system. Chaired by Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol, and hosted by the Government of Thailand in cooperation with the Thailand Institute of Justice and UNODC, the meeting gathered experts from different regions, representing governments, UN agencies and civil society organizations.

SRSG welcomes the new report issued by the IAHRC on “The Right of Boys and Girls to a Family. Alternative Care. Ending Institutionalization in the Americas”

SRSG welcomes the new report issued by the IAHRC
19/02/2014

Washington, D.C.—Since it was created, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has taken different steps to ensure that the rights of children and adolescents in the Americas are promoted and protected. In this context, the IACHR is presenting its report on “The right of boys and girls to a family. Alternative care. Ending institutionalization in the Americas”*.

Basic principles on the use of restorative justice programmes in criminal matters

ECOSOC Resolution 2002/12
24/07/2002
Basic principles on the use of restorative justice programmes in criminal matters
 
Preamble
 
Recalling that there has been, worldwide, a significant growth of restorative justice initiatives, 
 
Recognizing that those initiatives often draw upon traditional and indigenous forms of justice which view crime as fundamentally harmful to people,
 
Emphasizing that restorative justice is an evolving response to crime that respects the dignity and equality of each person, builds understanding, and promotes social harmony through the healing of victims, offenders and communities,
 
Stressing that this approach enables those affected by crime to share openly their feelings and experiences, and aims at addressing their needs,
 

A world without violence against children and the Post-2015 Agenda - Side event

05/02/2014

5 Feb 2014 - Side Event organised by World Vision International.
Event co-hosted by the Permanent Missions of Canada and Paraguay to the UN and the Office of the Secretary General Special Representative on Violence Against Children, Mrs. Marta Santos Pais. 

#speakupforme: Proposals to end the placement of children under 3 in residential care institutions

07/01/2014
A CALL TO ACTION
To end the placement of children under three years of age in institutions
 
We urge Latin American and the Caribbean States to put an end to the placement of boys and girls under three years of age in residential care institutions. Most countries in the region rely disproportionately on institutionalisation as a child protection strategy despite the fact that this approach should be used only in exceptional circumstances.
 

#speakupforme: Proposals to end the placement of children under 3 in residential care institutions

07/01/2014
A CALL TO ACTION
To end the placement of children under three years of age in institutions
 
We urge Latin American and the Caribbean States to put an end to the placement of boys and girls under three years of age in residential care institutions. Most countries in the region rely disproportionately on institutionalisation as a child protection strategy despite the fact that this approach should be used only in exceptional circumstances.