Care and justice systems
On 7-8 November 2011 at Munyonyo, in Kampala, Uganda, representatives of governments, CSOs, INGOs, the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the African Union, UN agencies, UN experts and other experts, from all over Africa and other parts of the world, met to discuss about deprivation of liberty as a last resort and of children's rights in child justice in Africa also taking into account the children's views, and adopted the following declaration:
The Kampala Conference: Deprivation of Children's Liberty as Last Resort - African Child Policy Forum
A global conference aimed at contributing to the improvement of laws, policies, systems and procedures in the child justice system in Africa.
The issue of managing or dealing with children coming in conflict with the law has historically haunted nations, and Africa is no exception. Although there have already been important headways, much remains to be done in ensuring child justice in Africa.
Often the basic rights of children are not respected by national legal, social welfare and justice systems and security institutions. Justice standards that are designed for, and mainly fit adults seldom cater to children's needs. In one word, their basic human rights of access to justice are footnoted in a predominately adult-oriented justice system.
National Consultation on Social Justice for Children: To End Child Abuse and Violence Against Children
On November 4, 2011, the SRSG participated in a national consultation organized on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Brooklyn College of the City University of New York as the founding institution of the interdisciplinary field of Children’s Studies and its Children’s Studies Center for Research, Policy and Public Service. The event aimed at drawing attention to the prevalence of all forms of violence against children and their maltreatment in the United States. This national consultation discussed critical dimensions concerning the widespread use of violence against children, and ways of effectively preventing its incidence, including in the home, in schools, in child protection systems, in juvenile/criminal justice systems, in health and mental institutions and in other social settings.
SRSG welcomes the adoption of a new protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child introducing a system of individual complaints for children
"The adoption by the Human Rights Council of a new Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child is an historical and commendable decision.
The new protocol will enable children to challenge the violation of their human rights and will consolidate the international system of acountability for human rights.
This important decision is critical to break the invisibility and impunity surrounding incidents of violence against children, and to empower child victims to report and complaint without fear of reprisals and further victimization.
SRSG Statement on Juvenile Justice in Paraguay "Encuentro Sudamericano de Seguimiento al Estudio de las Naciones Unidas sobre Violencia contra las niñas, niños y adolescentes"
" La violencia contra la niñez es una violación de derechos humanos. Aunque puede manifestarse en diversas formas, en cada caso compromete el goce de los derechos del niño y menoscaba su dignidad y su desarrollo, al mismo tiempo acarrea un costo social dramático.
SAIEVAC meeting: Historic step for South Asia’s commitment to prevent and address all forms of violence against children
Kathmandu - The first meeting of the governing body of the South Asia Initiative to End Violence against Children (SAIEVAC) was held in Kathmandu, Nepal, with the participation of the SRSG on Violence
Marta Santos Pais congratulated the members of the Board for the historic step for South Asia’s commitment to prevent and address all forms of violence against children.
Amman – Participants at an Arab conference on children’s rights today adopted a declaration calling for further action to protect children and promote their rights.
The Marrakesh Declaration came at the end of the Fourth High-Level Arab Conference on Children’s Rights, a three-day event organized by the League of Arab States with the participation of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Violence against Children, UNICEF, government ministers from member countries of the League of Arab States and representatives from non-governmental organizations.