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.

Combatiendo la violencia en las escuelas: Una perspectiva global - Reduciendo la brecha entre los estándares y la práctica


Combatiendo la violencia en las escuelas: Una perspectiva global  

Reduciendo la brecha entre los estándares y la práctica

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Representante Especial Marta Santos Pais 

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.




Tackling Violence in Schools

Oslo, 27-28 June 2011 



Side event at Human Rights Council - Launching of SRSG publication on "Tackling Violence in Schools – Bridging the gap between standards and practice"

SRSG Marta Santos Pais launches publication on "Tackling violence in schools"

Within the framework of the debate on the Rights of the Child in the Human Rights Council, the Office of the SRSG, with the support of the Government of Norway and in cooperation with the Council of Europe, Plan International and Child Helpline International, organized a panel discussion on Protecting children from violence in school – Bridging the gap between standards and practice. The event took place at the Human Rights Council, in Geneva, Room XXVII, on 6 March at 1.00pm.

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,

Santo Domingo Declaration to prevent and address 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.

Full text in Spanish

National Consultation on Social Justice for Children: To End Child Abuse and Violence Against Children

National Consultation Social Justice for Children To End Child Abuse / Violence

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.

High-level expert meeting recommends involvement of all actors to prevent violence against children in schools

Experts recommend involvement of all actors to prevent violence in schools

Oslo - At the conclusion of a two day meeting on the theme of “Tackling Violence in Schools”, experts in child rights joined together to call for a holistic, child-centred approach to prevent and address all forms of violence against children in schools. They urged all actors, from national government to local authorities, school administrators, teachers, local communities, parents and children themselves to work together to ensure that schools provide safe, secure environments in which all children have the opportunity to develop and learn.

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

SRSG welcomes adoption of a new protocol to the Convention Photo:Miguel Caldeira

"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.