Care and justice systems
Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the CRC - Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais
New York, 20 November 2014 - Today as the world celebrates the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, we reflect on its continuing relevance and how far its solemn promises are being kept. In 1989, a compelling vision for a better world for children was carefully and comprehensively set out in the Convention’s 54 articles and embraced by the international community. The world has changed immensely since 1989 but the ethos of the Convention endures.
Panel discussion on "Children Deprived of Liberty: The Call for a Global Study" - Institute of International Education, NY - 6:30 – 8 PM
SRSG Santos Pais participates as keynote speaker in a panel discussion on ‘The Call for the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty’. The event is organized by Defense for Children International (DCI), the NGO Panel for the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty and the Permanent Missions of Ethiopia, Norway, Qatar and Uruguay to the UN.
H.E. Mr. Gonzalo Koncke, Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the UN
H.E. Ms. May-Elin Stener, Deputy Permanent Representative of Norway to the UN
Marta Santos Pais, SRSG on Violence against Children
Susan Bissell, Chief of Child Protection, UNICEF
Kirsten Sandberg, Chairperson, Committee on the Rights of the Child
Jo Becker, Children’s Rights Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch
Summary report on the full-day meeting on access to justice for children - Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
The present report is submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolutions 22/32 and resolution 25/6, in which the Council requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a summary of the full-day meeting on the rights of the child. The report contains a summary of the discussions held on 13 March 2014 during the annual full-day meeting, the theme of which was access to justice for children.
Summary of the high-level panel discussion on the question of the death penalty - Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
The present report is submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council decision 22/117. It provides a summary of the high-level discussion on the question of the death penalty held on 5 March 2014 at the twenty-fifth session of the Council. The aim of the panel discussion was (a) the exchange of views on advances, best practices and challenges relating to the abolition of the death penalty and to the introduction of a moratorium on executions and (b) the exchange of views relating to national debates on or processes for the abolition of the death penalty.
Pursuant to Human Rights Council decision 18/117, the present report is submitted in order to update previous reports on the question of the death penalty. The report confirms that the trend towards the universal abolition of the death penalty is continuing. However, numerous concerns remain with regard to the lack of respect for international human rights norms and standards in States that still impose the death penalty. As requested in Human Rights Council resolution 22/11, the report also includes information on the human rights of children of parents sentenced to the death penalty or executed.
Resolution on the Rights of the Child: Access to justice for Children - Human Rights Council (25th Session)
Rights of the child: access to justice for children
The Human Rights Council,
Emphasizing that the Convention on the Rights of the Child constitutes the standard in the promotion and protection of the rights of the child, reaffirming that States parties to the Convention shall undertake all appropriate legislative, administrative and other measures for the implementation of the rights recognized therein, and, bearing in mind the importance of the Optional Protocols to the Convention, calling for their universal ratification and effective implementation, as well as of other human rights instruments,
Welcoming the twenty-fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child,
SRSG welcomes adoption of ban on violence against children in Brazil (Portuguese version below/Versão em Português em baixo)
SRSG Santos Pais welcomes the enactment by President Dilma Rousseff of Law 13.010 which recognizes the right of the child to be cared for and educated without any form of corporal punishment or degrading treatment. The new law was enacted enters into force on 26 June 2014.
"The adoption of this new legislation marks an historic day for Brazilian children. It strengthens Brazil's efforts to safeguard children's rights and it gains a decisive global relevance as it increases the percentage of the world’s children protected by a legal ban against all forms of violence from 5% to 8%!" highlighted the Special Representative.
“The adoption of the Model Strategies on the Elimination of Violence against Children in Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice is a milestone in the world’s commitment towards the elimination of all forms of violence against children”, stressed SRSG Santos Pais.
Firmly anchored in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, this landmark text was adopted at the May 2014 session of the UNODC Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and will be submitted to the upcoming session of the General Assembly.
UN Model Strategies on the Elimination of Violence against Children in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice - Adopted on 16 Oct 2014
United Nations Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence against Children in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
The General Assembly,
Recalling the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and all other relevant international and regional treaties,
Joint report of OHCHR, UNODC and SRSG on Violence against Children on prevention of and responses to violence against children within the juvenile justice system
Joint report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNODC and the SRSG on Violence against Children on prevention of and responses to violence against child juvenile justice system
The present report, submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 18/12, builds upon the 2006 United Nations Study on Violence against Children, which remains a foundational document for the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against children in all settings, including within the juvenile justice system. This report describes the current situation of violence against children in the juvenile justice system, identifies the risks of violence to which children are exposed and analyses the systemic factors which contribute to violence. It provides a number of recommended strategies to prevent and respond to violence against children in the juvenile justice system.