Webcam child sex tourism: time for action
Webcam child sex tourism is a relatively new phenomenon, which has children forced into sexual activities for money. As it is growing rapidly, Terre des Hommes issued an in-depth research on the extent, nature and consequences of this form of child exploitation. The results are shocking. It took Terre des Hommes only two months to identify thousands of perpetrators, all thanks to the fictitious, virtual child character ‘Sweetie’. The easiness with which these perpetrators are able to contact young, poor victims and get away with it makes for the stark growth of the phenomenon. Since 2007, only 6 perpetrators have been convicted. Terre des Hommes now calls upon the international community to protect the children involved, before webcam child sex tourism becomes a new industry.
On 11 March 2014, during the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council (Palais des Nations, Geneva), the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) together with Belgium, Mexico,
Montenegro and Norway, organised a side event on ‘Children of Parents Sentenced to the Death Penalty or Executed: Developments, Good Practices and Next Steps’.
This publication compiles the presentations made by the panellists and offers a summary of the discussion that followed the presentations.
The side event was an opportunity to:
Panel Discussion on Violence Against Children - 31st Meeting 27th Regular Session of Human Rights Council
Panel discussion on accelerating global efforts to end violence against children
Moderator: Ms. Susan Bissell, Associate Director, Child Protection, Programme Division, United Nations Children's Fund
Opening Statement: Ms. Jane Connors, Director, Research and Right to Development Division, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
The Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women and Elimination of Violence against Children in Asean
The Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women and
Elimination of Violence against Children in Asean
ASEAN Member States, individually and/or collectively, express common resolve to eliminate violence against women and violence against children in the region through the following measures:
1. Strengthen and, where necessary, enact or amend national legislations for the elimination of violence against women and violence against children, and to enhance the protection, services, rehabilitation, education and training, recovery and reintegration of victims/survivors;
1. We, the participants in the Pan-African Forum on the Future of Children, meeting in Cairo, Egypt from 28 – 31 May 2001, within the framework of OAU Council of Ministers decision CM/Dec. 542 (LXXII) endorsed by the 36th Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity (OAU); mandating the OAU Secretariat to develop an African Common Position, in consultation with relevant International and African institutions as well as the civil society organizations to be tabled before the UN General Assembly Special Session on Children in September 2001.
2. We acknowledge and affirm that it is the responsibility of African governments, citizens, families, civil society, regional and Sub-regional organizations and the international community to ensure that children in Africa realize their full range of rights.
Call for Accelerated Action on the Implementation of the Plan of Action Towards Africa Fit for Children
In 2007 in Cairo, the Ministers of African Union member states responsible for promoting and safeguarding the rights and welfare of children undertook a review of the “Call for Accelerated Action on the Implementation of the Plan of Action towards Africa Fit for Children.” They focused on ten priorities:
• devising an overall framework;
• enhancing life chances;
• overcoming HIV/AIDS;
• realising the right to education and protection;
• encouraging the participation of youth and children;
• spurring action at all levels;
• fostering international partnership;
• executing follow-up actions, monitoring, and a call to action.
London, 22 July 2014 - SRSG Santos Pais participated in the Girl Summit held in London, UK. The Girl Summit rallied a global movement to end child, early and forced marriage and FGM for all girls within a generation. Doing this will help preserve girls' childhoods, promote their education, reduce their exposure to violence and abuse, and allow them to fulfil their potential in life. The event was webcasted here.
Everyone has a part to play in achieving rights for girls and women around the world. Take a stand against FGM and child marriage today - pledge your support through Twitter and Facebook in the pink box. Your voices will be heard at the#GirlSummit.