Care and justice systems
SRSG Santos Pais launched a new thematic report on Restorative Justice for Children in a high level event organized with the Governments of Indonesia and Norway during the General Assembly Debate on the Rights of the Child. The event counted on the participation of experts from Norway and Indonesia, as well as representatives from independent children’s rights institutions, academia and civil society organizations. The discussion aimed at sharing models and experiences of child sensitive restorative justice processes and programs and to promote enhanced cooperation in this area at national, regional and international levels.
Hosted by the Government of Indonesia in collaboration with the Government of Norway and the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children, the Expert Consultation includes the participation of governmental officials, experts from international and regional organizations, representatives from human rights and children’s rights independent institutions, as well as from academia and civil society.
SRSG welcomes landmark decision by the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice to develop model strategies for the elimination of violence against children in crime prevention and criminal justice
29 April 2013 - Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children Marta Santos Pais welcomed the adoption by the 23rd session of the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice of a resolution calling for model strategies and practical measures on the elimination of violence against children in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice.
The resolution builds upon the joint report issued in 2012 by the Special Representative, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on prevention of and responses to violence against children within the juvenile justice system.
Violence against children features highly at the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice during presentation of Joint Report on Prevention of and Responses to Violence against Children
25 April 2013 - A side event on the crucial issue of violence against children in the criminal justice system took place during the 22nd Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. Speakers view the UN's standard and norms in the area of crime prevention and criminal justice as offering strong support to children, but they also expressed fear that violence against children increases the likelihood of further violence.
During the event, the "Joint Report of UNODC, OHCHR and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children on Prevention of and Responses to Violence against Children within the Juvenile Justice System" was presented to the audience.
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.
Human Rights Council Resolution on the administration of justice, in particular juvenile justice (A/HRC/RES/18/12)
Human Rights Council
Agenda item 3
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development
Resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council* 18/12
Human rights in the administration of justice, in particular 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 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child,
Today, more than 1 million children are deprived of their liberty worldwide,26 and countless children face violent and degrading treatment throughout the criminal justice process. In light of this dramatic situation, it is imperative to promote strategies that provide an alternative to detention and custodial sentences for children.
Model strategies and practical measures on the elimination of violence against children in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice - Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Report on the 22nd session
United Nations Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems (A/RES/67/187)
United Nations Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems
The General Assembly,
Recalling the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,1 which enshrines the key principles of equality before the law and the presumption of innocence, as well as the right to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, along with all the guarantees necessary for the defence of anyone charged with a penal offence, other minimum guarantees and the entitlement to be tried without undue delay,