Violence against children and ICTs, a key concern addressed in the SRSG’s report to the General Assembly


The 2014 Report of SRSG Santos Pais to the UN General Assembly is now available in six languages. Issued during the year of the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the report gives special attention to the opportunities and risks associated with children’s use of new information and communication technologies, putting forward core recommendations to minimize possible risks and release children’s potential in the digital world. This year’s report underscores the urgency of securing the right to freedom from violence for all children, including those at special risk of discrimination, stigma, neglect, abuse and exploitation, as is the case of those with albinism and accused of witchcraft.

Side event A World Free from Violence and Exploitation against Children - Targets and indicators for the 2015 post-development agenda



H.E. Mr. Jean-Grancis Regis Zinsou, Permanent Representative of Benin to the United Nations

Ms. Diah Saminarsih, Assistant Special Envoy of the President of Indonesia on the Millennium Development Goals for Programme Planning and Community Partnerships

H.E. Mr. David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations (TBC)

H.E. Mr. Martín Llano-Heyn, General Director of Multilateral Affairs, Government of Paraguay

Mr. Malcolm Brown, Deputy Minister, International Development, Government of Canada

H.E. Ms. Kajsa Olofsgård, Sweden’s Ambassador for Post-2015

Ms. Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children (video message)

Ms. Yoka Brandt, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF (TBC)

Mr. Andrew Johnson, Acting Secretary General, ChildFund Alliance

A call to action: governments to ratify child rights treaty by November 20

A call to action: governments to ratify child rights treaty by November 20

New York (September 26, 2014) — The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child needs more clout to deliver on its promises. As world leaders gather in New York this week, child rights experts and advocates are calling on all governments to strengthen the Convention by ratifying the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure – or OP3 for short. This treaty helps children seek justice through the UN when their national legal system cannot provide a remedy for violations of their rights.

The OP3 allows children or their representatives to report rights violations directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, which will then investigate their complaints, and can ask governments to take action.

Stop Webcam Child Sex Tourism - Terre des Hommes video (Sweetie)


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. 

Terre des Hommes Website


Children of parents sentenced to death or executed - Developments, Good Practices and Next Steps


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 Girl Summit Charter on Ending FGM and Child, Early and Forced Marriage

No one should be forced into marriage, or made to marry while still a child. 
No girl or woman should have to endure the physical and psychological effects of female genital mutilation. 
These practices violate the fundamental rights of all girls and women to live free from violence and discrimination. 

UNICEF Report - Ending Violence against Children: Six Strategies for Action #ENDviolence

"This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children. UNICEF’s understanding of violence derives from Article 19 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which defines the scope as “all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s) or any other person who has the care of the child.” The scope of this review includes interventions that address interpersonal violence (emotional, physical and sexual) against children at home, school, work, the community at large and social spaces created by mobile and online technology.

SRSG supports CALL TO ACTION to end the placement of children under three years of age in institutions - #speakupforme

SRSG supports CALL TO ACTION to end the placement of children under three years

SRSG supports A CALL TO ACTION To end the placement of children under three years of age in institutions

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;