Care and justice systems

SRSG Santos Pais calls for the strengthening of restorative justice for children in the World Congress on Juvenile Justice in Geneva

Photo: Carolina Guerrero / Marta Santos Pais Restorative Justice Congress

"Restorative justice represents a paradigm shift in the way we envisage the justice system and its role in the safeguard of children's rights. Guided by the child's dignity and best interests, based on dialogue, negotiation and problem solving, restorative justice moves away from retributive and punitive approaches and focus on reparation and children's reintegration," stressed the SRSG in her statement to the Congress.

Summary of the panel discussion on accelerating global efforts to end violence against children - Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights


I. Introduction

1. Pursuant to its resolution 25/10, the Human Rights Council held a panel discussion, on 23 September 2014, at its twenty-seventh session, on accelerating global efforts to end violence against children, with a particular focus on how to better prevent violence and protect children as a global priority and cross-cutting concern, and to share best practices and lessons learned in that regard. In resolution 25/10, the Council also requested the High Commissioner to prepare a summary report on the discussions of the panel, and to submit it to the Council before its twenty-eighth session. The present report was prepared pursuant to that request.

Violence Against Children in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice - High-level panel discussion


High-level panel discussion on “Violence Against Children in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice”

Co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Austria and Thailand, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ).

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.

High-level Panel Discussion on “Violence against Children in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice” - 13:15 - 14:30 Conference Room 1, Conference Building UN Headquarters, New York


This side event aims to present and raise awareness on the United Nations Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence against Children in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which was recently adopted at the Third Committee. The event also aims to gather political support from UN Member States in the dissemination and further implementation of this new normative instrument to prevent and respond to violence against children. Moreover, ways forward in enhanced cooperation at the national, regional and international levels will be discussed.

Opening remarks by the moderator: 

Dr. Phiset Sa-Ardyen, Director of the  Office of External Relations and Policy Coordination, Thailand Institute of  Justice (TIJ)  

Keynote addresses:            

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:

Protecting girls from violence in the criminal justice system


Still today, millions of girls continue to suffer the detrimental impact of physical, mental and sexual violence in the home, at school, in the community, in institutional care and in justice institutions. Evidence from some countries show that amongst the girls involved in prostitution and drug abuse, 80-90 percent have been exposed to sexual abuse and/or other forms of violence in their homes.

Sadly, these same girls are also often at risk of becoming involved with the criminal justice system. Due to their young age and gender, girls are at double disadvantage: on the one hand, they are criminalized for offences that are not foreseen for adults, such as status offences; on the other hand, they may risk being criminalized for offences based on gender norms, such as moral crimes and strict dress codes that do not apply to boys.

Resolution on Human Rights in the Administration of Justice, including Juvenile Justice - Human Rights Council (24th Session)


Human rights in the administration of justice, including 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, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the Optional Protocol thereto, as well as the Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, and encouraging all States that have not ratified or acceded to the afore-mentioned treaties to consider doing so expeditiously,

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.

General Comment on Article 30 of the Africa Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child