Care and justice systems
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
The Guidelines for Action are a framework to achieve:
Joint Statement from the high-level round table on the role of Regional Organizations on the Protection of Children from Violence (2011)
We, the representatives of the Council of Europe, the League of Arab States, MERCOSUR Pro-Tempore Chairmanship of the Permanent Commission of the Initiative Nin@Sur, the South Asia Initiative to End Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC), and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child participating, with UNICEF, in the first held meeting of Regional Organizations and Institutions on Violence against Children, organized by the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG on VAC),
Gathered in New York to share lessons learned and reflect on good practices and priority areas of concern resulting from the regional processes promoted in our respective regions to implement the recommendations of the United Nations Study on Violence against Children,
Authorities from Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Dominican Republic, gathered in Santo Domingo in a regional follow-up meeting to the UN Study on Violence against Children, adopted a strategic declaration to promote progress in the implementation of the recommendations of the UN Study.