Care and justice systems

Human Rights Council interactive dialogue with Special Representative on violence against children

12/03/2014

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".

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

RSG joins strategic partners in inter-governmental expert meeting in Bangkok
19/02/2014

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 launches report on Promoting Restorative Justice for Children

SRSG launches report on Promoting Restorative Justice for Children
18/10/2013

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.

SRSG opens three-day International Expert Consultation on Restorative Justice for Children, in Bali

SRSG opens  International Expert Consultation on Restorative Justice in Bali
26/06/2013

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

29/04/2013

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

Marta Santos Pais UNDOC
25/04/2013

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

A/HRC/21/25
27/06/2012

 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)

A/HRC/RES/18/12
14/10/2011

Human Rights Council

Eighteenth session
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,

Side event on Access to Justice and Restorative Justice for Children and launch of SRSG Thematic Report on Promoting Restorative Justice for Children 6.00 – 7.30 pm, Conference Room XXI, Palais des Nations, Geneva

11/02/2014
The promotion of restorative justice for children is a critical dimension of children’s access to justice.
The primary purpose of restorative justice is to restore justice. Within families, schools, communities, organisations, civil society and the state, restorative justice initiatives provide peaceful conflict resolution and contribute to democratic peaceful societies.
 
Restorative justice can take many forms, including mediation, conciliation, and conferencing and sentencing circles. Common for all approaches is the focus on healing, respect and strengthened relationships.
 

#speakupforme: Proposals to end the placement of children under 3 in residential care institutions

07/01/2014
A CALL TO ACTION
To end the placement of children under three years of age in institutions
 
We urge Latin American and the Caribbean States to put an end to the placement of boys and girls under three years of age in residential care institutions. Most countries in the region rely disproportionately on institutionalisation as a child protection strategy despite the fact that this approach should be used only in exceptional circumstances.