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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.
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.
SRSG calls for the establishment of an Ombudsman for children to promote the best interests of the child and address violations of children’s rights
Berlin - At the launch of the 2014 UNICEF report “Every Child has Rights”, in Berlin, SRSG Santos Pais praised progress in the area of child protection, but recalled that many challenges persist a quarter-century after the adoption of the UN Convention on Rights of the Child. In this regard, the Special Representative highlighted the importance of establishing independent institutions for children’s rights as well as child sensitive counselling, reporting and complaint mechanisms to address violence against children as a key component of effective national strategies to safeguard children’s rights.
The Brazilian Senate approved a new law prohibiting all forms of corporal punishment against children.
"With this historic decision, Brazilian children can grow up in safety and in a protective environment, and violence can be made part of a distant past" said SRSG Santos Pais. "I wholeheartedly welcome the adoption of this new law. It marks a turning point in Brazil's efforts to safeguard children's rights and it also gains a decisive global relevance. Indeed, with the enactment of this legislation, the percentage of the world’s children protected by a legal ban on all forms of violence will increase from 5% to 8%!" highlighted the Special Representative.
SRSG welcomes the new report issued by the IAHRC on “The Right of Boys and Girls to a Family. Alternative Care. Ending Institutionalization in the Americas”
Washington, D.C.—Since it was created, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has taken different steps to ensure that the rights of children and adolescents in the Americas are promoted and protected. In this context, the IACHR is presenting its report on “The right of boys and girls to a family. Alternative care. Ending institutionalization in the Americas”*.
Prevention and Responses to Violence against Young Children
Lima, 27 – 28 August 2012
Address Harmful Practices against Children
With a Specific Focus on the Interplay between Children's Right to Protection from all forms of Violence and Customary and Religious Laws
Addis Ababa, 13-15 June 2012
Kingston, Jamaica, 15 May 2012 – A nine-year old boy systematically raped by the pastor his mother left him with while she went to work, an 18-month old baby boy dying because his inner organs were destroyed when his uncle raped him, a little girl who was infected with HIV, gonorrhea, syphilis and herpes by an uncle who was in and out of prison.