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Study on the Follow-up to the implementation of the UN Study o Violence against Children for the Caribbean

15/10/2013

FOREWORD SRSG Santos Pais

Caribbean Study on Violence against Children 2013

In 2001, the Committee on the Rights of the Child called for a comprehensive UN study on violence against children. A widely participatory process was set in motion for its development in which a wide range of actors within and beyond the United Nations system took part, including States, civil society organizations, religious leaders and children and adolescents.

As part of this process, nine regional consultations on violence against children were held, the very first convened in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. With this important meeting, the Caribbean region initiated a crucial process of regional involvement and ownership in favour of children’s protection from violence.

Resolution on Strengthening efforts to prevent and eliminate child, early and forced marriage: challenges, achievements, best practices and implementation gaps - Human Rights Council (24th Session)

A/RES/HRC/24/23
25/09/2013

Strengthening efforts to prevent and eliminate child, early and forced marriage: challenges, achievements, best practices and implementation gaps

The Human Rights Council,

Guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as other relevant human rights instruments, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Institutions and Practices similar to Slavery,

Resolution on Human Rights in the Administration of Justice, including Juvenile Justice - Human Rights Council (24th Session)

A/HRC/24/L.28
23/09/2013

Human rights in the administration of justice, including juvenile justice

The Human Rights Council,

Recalling the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and all relevant international treaties, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the Optional Protocol thereto, as well as the Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, and encouraging all States that have not ratified or acceded to the afore-mentioned treaties to consider doing so expeditiously,

Resolution on Strengthening collaboration on child protection within the United Nations system - United Nations general Assembly (68th Session)

A/RES/68/145
18/12/2013

Strengthening collaboration on child protection within the United Nations system

The General Assembly,

Reaffirming the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations,

Reaffirming also the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,

Reaffirming further the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols,and recalling all its previous resolutions on the rights of the child and its resolution 66/139, adopted on 19 December 2011,

Recognizing the primary role and responsibility of the State in the promotion and protection of the rights of the child, including child protection, bearing in mind the importance of relevant actors of the United Nations supporting the State in this regard,

RJR news: Invest in Children - says UN representative

RJR news: Invest in Children - says UN representative
02/07/2014

Special representative of the UN Secretary General on violence against children, Marta Santos Pais is reminding Jamaica of the benefits of investingin children.       

She was addressing a conference in Kingston on Wednesday to report on a two day UN meeting on violence prevention.

The Gleaner: Stop hitting your child! Jamaicans who hit their children are engaged in child abuse, charges UN representative

The Gleaner: Stop hitting your child!
06/07/2014

 For centuries, Jamaicans have used corporal punishment - spanking, slapping, flogging, beating, whipping, whacking or thrashing - to discipline children.

But now, international organisations, led by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), are arguing that the age-old practice is child abuse and should be outlawed.

But this is not going down well with scores of Jamaicans, who are stunned that what has been a cultural norm in nurturing the young is being deemed "violence against children".

For the average Jamaican parent, there is a big difference between violence or child abuse and punishing a child so he will know what is wrong or right.

The Gleaner: Do More To Combat Violence Against Children - UN Rep

The Gleaner: Do More To Combat Violence Against Children - UN Rep
03/07/2014

Jamaica is being lauded for the steps being taken to protect the nation's children from all forms of violence. However, the country is being told it has a long way to go to eliminate the culture of abuse that has become somewhat entrenched.

Speaking at The Gleaner's Editors' Forum yesterday, United Nations (UN) Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children Marta Santos Pais, said progress in protecting the rights of children was much more than enacting new laws.

"We realise that the process of change that we need to see happen in all societies is much deeper and longer than to tick off the box of having a new law," she stated.

Jamaica Information Service: Government Develops Action Plan to Protect Children from Violence

JIS:Government Develops Action Plan to Protect Children from Violence
01/07/2014

The Government has developed a national plan of action as it intensifies its drive to effectively tackle the issue of violence against children in Jamaica.

This was disclosed by Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, who noted that the National Plan of Action for an Integrated Response to Children and Violence aims to create and maintain a protective environment, supportive of children and responsive to violence against them.

The Minister was addressing the opening session of the United Nations (UN) Cross Regional Meeting for Advancing the Protection of Children from Violence at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on Monday, June 30.

Jamaica Information Service: Jamaicans must work together to end Violence against Children

Jamaica Information Service: Jamaicans must end Violence against Children
03/07/2014

Former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson, has pointed to the need for Jamaicans to work together to speed up the pace of progress in eliminating violence against the nation’s children.

Mr. Patterson was addressing the opening session of the United Nations (UN) Cross-Regional Meeting for Advancing the Protection of Children from Violence held on Monday (June 30), at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.

The former Prime Minister commended the Child Development Agency (CDA), which, over the last 10 years, has helped to transform the lives of many children by rescuing them from violent and abusive circumstances and placing them in sound environments.

Jamaica Observer: Our children are not only at risk they are in dire danger

Jamaica Observer: Our children are not only at risk they are in dire danger
01/07/2014

An edited version of remarks by Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna at the Opening Session of UN Cross Regional Meeting on the Prevention and Elimination of Violence against Children at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston yesterday.