Care and justice systems

Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children

A/RES/64/142
24/02/2010

Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children

I. Purpose

1. The present Guidelines are intended to enhance the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and of relevant provisions of other international instruments regarding the protection and well-being of children who are deprived of parental care or who are at risk of being so.

2. Against the background of these international instruments and taking account of the developing body of knowledge and experience in this sphere, the Guidelines set out desirable orientations for policy and practice. They are designed for wide dissemination among all sectors directly or indirectly concerned with issues relating
to alternative care, and seek in particular:

PH Anti-corporal punishment bill, first in Asia

Marta Santos Pais - PH Anti-corporal punishment bill, first in Asia
21/01/2012

 

MANILA, Jan. 21, 2012—The anti-corporal punishment bill for children currently pending in the Philippine Senate, would be the first of its kind in Asia, if passed.

This according to Marta Santos País, the United Nations’ Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) on Violence Against Children, who visited Manila for a dialogue with children and children rights’ advocates, yesterday.

Philippine law on anti-corporal punishment could be first in Asia

Marta Santos Pais - Philippine law on anti-corporal punishment, first in Asia
20/01/2012

 

MANILA, Philippines -- If pass into law, the Anti-Corporal Punishment bill that recently passed in the House of Representatives but is still pending at the Senate could be first in the Asia, a visiting UN official said during a dialogue with children and the child rights advocates in Manila today.

According to Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) on Violence against Children, the proposed legislation could be first in the entire Asia should the Philippine Congress pass it this year.  

UN NEWS RADIO (PORTUGUESE) - Uma em cada cinco crianças na Europa sofre abuso sexual, diz representante

Marta Santos Pais -  Uma em cada cinco crianças na Europa sofre abuso sexual
07/06/2012

Em entrevista à Rádio ONU, Marta Santos Pais afirmou ainda que grande maioria dos agressores está na própria família.

Marta Santos Pais emphasizes importance of juvenile justice system based on the respect of the rights of the child in her message to the 21st Session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

Marta Santos Pais UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
30/04/2012

The SRSG on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, participated in the 21st Session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice that took place in Vienna.

The SRSG emphasized the importance of a juvenile justice system based on the respect of the rights of the child for the prevention and elimination of incidents of violence against children.

“It is critical to consolidate a child sensitive and non-intimidating justice environment within which children’s freedom from violence can be safeguarded at all times, including in cases of deprivation of liberty”, added Marta Santos Pais.

21st Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice - Vienna, Austria

Marta Santos Pais participates Commission Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
23/04/2012 - 27/04/2012

The SRSG on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, addressed the Commission at its plenary session on Friday 27 April 2012, during the thematic discussion under agenda item 8 on the "Use and application of the United Nations standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice".

The thematic discussion of the 21st Session was devoted to "Violence against migrants, migrant workers and their families". The session took place in Vienna, Austria from 23-27 April 2012.

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Human Rights Council Thematic Debate on "Children and the Administration of Justice"

Marta Santos Pais participates in panel discussion: Children Deprived of Liberty
08/03/2012

On Thursday, March 8, the SRSG Santos Pais participated in the Thematic Debate on:"Children and the Administration of Justice" in the afternoon panel: "Children deprived of liberty and children of incarcerated parents: protection and realization of their rights".

The meeting contributed to take stock of the implementation of the Convention to achieve a better understanding of the situation of children in conflict and in contact with the law, identifying main challenges and recommendations to move forward in accordance with international standards.

The webcast of the event can be found here.

Expert Consultation on Prevention and Responses to Violence against Children within the Juvenile Justice System - Vienna

Expert Consultation on prevention to violence against children
24/01/2012

UN partners based in Vienna, New York and Geneva convened an Expert Consultation on the prevention of and responses to violence against children within the juvenile justice system.

The Consultation received strong support from the Government of Austria and UNICEF and was opened by Yury Fedotov Executive Director, UNODC, Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children, Wolfgang Waldner, State Secretary with the Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs, and Marcia Kran Director Research and Right to Development Division, OHCHR.

Expert Consultation on Prevention of and Responses to Violence against Children within the Juvenile Justice System - Vienna, Austria

23/01/2012 - 24/01/2012

The expert consultation was co-organized by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.