Care and justice systems
On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, SRSG Santos Pais calls for an end to violence against children with disabilities and adds her voice to the Campaign to #ENDViolence against Children with Disabilities.
There are at least 93 million children with disabilities around the world. Many are considered to be a cause of shame to their families and a curse and misfortune for their communities. The lives of children with disabilities can be surrounded by stigma, discrimination, cultural prejudices, ill-perceptions and shocking invisibility. In addition, children with disabilities are at dramatically heightened risk of violence, neglect, abuse and exploitation.
In spite of limited data and research, available studies reveal an alarming prevalence of violence against children with disabilities – from higher vulnerability to physical and emotional violence when they are young to greater risks of sexual violence as they reach puberty.
Marking the first European Day against Sexual Violence on 18 November, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children welcomed this important initiative by the Council of Europe. The European Day against Sexual Violence will help to raise public awareness of children's protection from sexual abuse and exploitation, while strengthening prevention initiatives and promoting the ratification and implementation of the Council's Lanzarote Convention. Special Representative Santos Pais commends the efforts of the Council of Europe, including through the ONE in FIVE Campaign which aims to achieve further ratification and implementation of the treaty.
SRSG meets Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Adolfo Pérez Esquivel to discuss situation of children deprived of liberty and their reintegration in the community
During a three-day visit to Argentina, SRSG Santos Pais met with Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, 1980 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and President of the Association Peace and Justice Service.
At the meeting, SRSG Santos Pais and Mr. Pérez Esquivel discussed the promotion of Human Rights and protection of children from violence, namely of children and young people involved with the criminal justice system in the Latin America Region.
SRSG launches new report on "Safeguarding the rights of girls in the criminal justice system - Preventing violence, stigmatization and deprivation of liberty"
In a high-level panel discussion, co-organized with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the Governments of Austria, Chile, Norway and Thailand, SRSG Santos Pais launched a new study on the critical role of criminal justice systems to prevent incidents of violence against girls, bring perpetrators to justice, and ensure recovery and social reintegration for victims.
Gender discrimination and gender-based violence remain pervasive, with long-lasting consequences on the lives of millions of girls. In society, in communities, in schools and in their homes, girls face specific vulnerabilities due to their gender and young age.
Gender-based violence is a pervasive and devastating manifestation of discrimination against women and girls. International human rights standards, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, provide a solid framework for preventing and responding to violence against girls in both public and private spheres. Unfortunately,
non-compliance with international human rights obligations to protect girls from all forms of violence
remains a serious challenge.
Reports Third Committee to the Pleenary (69th Session United Nations General Assembly) here
Agenda item 105
Crime prevention and criminal justice
Report of the Third Committee
1. At its 2nd plenary meeting, on 19 September 2014, the General Assembly, on the recommendation of the General Committee, decided to include in the agenda of its sixty-ninth session the item entitled “Crime prevention and criminal justice” and to allocate it to the Third Committee.
2. The Third Committee considered the item at its 5th, 6th, 7th, 15th, 26th, 42nd, 52nd and 54th meetings, on 9, 10, 16 and 23 October and on 6, 24 and 25 November 2014. At its 5th, 6th and 7th meetings, on 9 and 10 October, the Commite held a general discussion on the item jointly with item 106, entitled “International drug control”. An account of the Comitee’s discussion is contained in the relevant summary records (A/C.3/69/SR.5-7, 15, 26, 42, 52 and 54).
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