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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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”
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”*.
SRSG VAC welcomes the historic entry into force of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure
New York – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Ms. Marta Santos Pais welcomes the ratification by Costa Rica1 of the Optional Protocol on a Communications Procedure which paves the way to the historic entry into force of the Protocol on 14 April 2014.