SRSG Santos Pais acknowledges Solomon Islands Government commitment in enacting child protection legislation

Marta Santos Pais with Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, HE Mannaseh Sogavare

HONIARA, 21 May 2015 - Concluding a three day visit to the Solomon Islands, the SRSG commended the government for the expression of its strong commitment to the prevention and elimination of violence against children through the enactment of legislation, policy reform and increased budgetary allocations for children. During her visit, the SRSG met the Prime Minister H.E. Mannaseh Sogavare and other high level officials, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, the Minister of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs, the Minister of Justice, and the Police Commissioner.

SRSG Santos Pais outlines four priority goals to reduce violence against children in the Pacific region

SRSG Santos Pais outlines four priority goals to reduce violence against childre

NADI, FIJI 20 May 2015 – SRSG Santos Pais praised Pacific leaders for their strong commitment to reduce the high rates of violence against children reported in the region.

During a three-day conference in Fiji that brought policy makers, civil society groups and government leaders from 13 Pacific countries together to discuss more effective ways to address violence against children in the region, Special Representative Santos Pais outlined an agenda to reverse a global, widespread, hidden and in many cases socially condoned pattern.

2015 International Day of Families Theme – “Men in Charge?” - Secretary-General's message on the International Day of Families

2015 International Day of Families – “Men in Charge?” - Secretary-General's mess

The theme of this year’s International Day of Families – “Men in Charge?” – highlights the importance of gender equality and children’s rights in contemporary families. Around the world, more women are becoming recognized as the equal partners and decisionmakers in families that they should be, thus helping to ensure a conducive environment for the full and harmonious development of children. Yet in too many countries, discrimination against women and disregard for children’s rights remain built into family laws and Government policies, and prevailing social norms often condone and justify many discriminatory practices.

SRSG Santos Pais calls for action to fight impunity around violence against children in the Mercosur region

SRSG Santos Pais calls for action to fight impunity around violence against chil

Brasilia, 13 May 2015 - In the year in which Brazil commemorates the 25th anniversary of the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the adoption of the Statute of Children and Adolescents, a meeting of the Permanent Commission of the initiative “NiñoSur” of MERCOSUR was held on the 7th and 8th of May in Brasilia (XXVI RAADH Meeting). The meeting focused on the follow-up to the recommendations of the UN Study on Violence against Children and the South American Roadmap for the prevention of violence against children, adopted in Asunción, Paraguay, in 2011.

Discriminated and made vulnerable: Young LGBT and intersex people need recognition and protection of their rights - For International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (Sunday 17 May)


13 May 2015 –Speaking ahead of the International Dayagainst Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, a group of United Nations and international human rights experts* call for an end to discrimination and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex young people and children.

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, a group of UN human rights experts, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe urge Governments worldwide to protect these young people and children from violence and discrimination, and to integrate their views on policies and laws that affect their rights.

SRSG Santos Pais visits Chile

SRSG Santos Pais visits Chile - Copyright UNICEF Chile

SRSG Santos Pais participated in Chile in High level Meetings for the development of comprehensive legislation for the protection of children's rights, including a legal prohibition of all forms of violence against children. The legislation will be supported by a national policy framework to advance effective implementation.

Recognizing the urgency of this process, President Michelle Bachelet announced that the new comprehensive legal framework will be submitted to Congress in August 2015 and will include the establishment of an independent institution on the rights of the child (Ombuds office) as well as procedures to seek remedies in case of violation of children's rights.

“Let’s pave the way to justice for all children” - First anniversary of the UN communications procedure for children marks time for global action


Geneva/New York (April 14, 2015) - As we celebrate the first anniversary of the entry into force of the Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure, the International Coalition Ratify OP3CRC, together with leading UN experts on children’s rights, including Kirsten Sandberg, Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Special Representatives of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, and on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, as well as the Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, call on all States to make a quantum leap on the path to justice for children through the ratification of the Third Optional Protocol without delay.

Senate of Chile approves the Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and joins global efforts to strengthening international and national child protection systems on children's rights

UNICEF photo Chile

The National Institute of Human Rights of Chile, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children, the Regional Office for South America of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNICEF welcome the decision by the Senate of Chile to unanimously approve the Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which will soon enter into force.

SRSG joins launch of Study on Violence against Children in Malawi

SRSG joins launch of Study on Violence against Children in Malawi

Lilongwe, Malawi. 25th March 2015– 2 out of every 3 Malawians experience violence in childhood, 1 in every 5 girls were sexually abused before they celebrated their 18th birthday, and nearly 2 out of every 3 boys suffered physical violence before the age of 18, a violence against children and young women study launched today has revealed.

The study, Malawi’s first nationally representative examination of the problem of violence against children, looks at the experiences of sexual, physical and emotional violence. According to the report, violence against children has become a social norm in most communities across the country.

The lack of studies on violence against children and women in Malawi has been a major barrier towards effective action to combat the problem.  Currently on official visit to Malawi, the SRSG Santos Pais exhorted the government to use this new data to better prevent violence and protect children:

SRSG Santos Pais visits Malawi


SRSG Santos Pais is visiting Malawi from 22 – 26 March 2015 to support the launch of a new study, commissioned by the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, on the prevalence of violence against children in the country. She will hold discussions with senior officials of the Government of Malawi, Parliamentarians and other key stakeholders, including civil society representatives, on the importance of using data and research to shed light on the hidden reality of violence against children and to implement an evidence-based policy agenda to protect children from all forms of violence.