SRSG Santos Pais visits Malawi


SRSG Santos Pais visited 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 held 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.

SRSG promotes investment in prevention to End Violence against Children in the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda

SRSG promotes investment in prevention to End Violence against Children in the P

On the occasion of the Human Rights Council session, the SRSG joined a side event with the theme "2015 : towards better investment in the rights of the child" organised by the Working Group on Violence Against Children of Child Rights Connect.

The event aimed at stressing the importance of ensuring that prevention, protection and action to end violence against children becomes a priority in the post-2015 development agenda. 

"We see progress in the elimination of violence against children. But this is not good enough. For the Post-2015 agenda, children's message is loud and clear: violence compromises development and has to be brought to an end. It is important to act now to end violence against children because we will not get a similar chance for 15 years." said SRSG Santos Pais.

"Children Deprived of Liberty, a Global Perspective" Side event 28th Session Human Rights Council on 10 March, Palais des Nations, Geneva

Panel On Children Deprived of Liberty: A Global Call

SRSG Santos Pais joined other high UN officials and civil society in an event in the context of the 28th session of the Human Rights Council aiming at sharing information on the situation of children in detention worldwide in light of the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty (A/RES/69/157).

"A call for an empowering, inclusive and safe digital environment for children" - Side Event 28th session Human Rights Council Monday, 9 March 12.00-2.30 Palais des Nations, Geneva

SRSG Marta Santos Pais Safe Internet HRC28

Jointly organised by the SRSG on violence against children and the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child pornography and child prostitution, the event explored children’s engagement with ICTs and the opportunities and risks that this represents for children’s rights. Sponsors by the Permanent Missions of Costa Rica and the United Kingdom, the event focused on ICTs and violence against children, in particular on-line sexual exploitation.

“Both offline and online, States have a leading responsibility in guaranteeing Children’s freedom from online violence and abuse. Securing their right to information, an effective remedy, recovery and reintegration are crucial dimensions of States’ accountability,” said SRSG Santos Pais.

SRSG Santos Pais highlighted the importance of the adoption of a comprehensive and well-resourced policy global agenda to prevent and address violence against children in the cyberspace.

ASEAN Commission on the Rights of Women and Children reiterates strong commitment to children's protection from violence

ASEAN Commission on the Rights of Women and Children Marta Santos Pais

SRSG Marta Santos Pais met in Jakarta with the ASEAN Commission on the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) to assess progress in the prevention and elimination of violence against children. During the dialogue held at ACWC 10th regular meeting, ASEAN Commissioners updated the SRSG on Violence against Children on the significant measures undertaken across the region to ensure children's protection from violence, including law reform to prohibit and address manifestations of violence, national surveys to capture the prevalence of this phenomenon, the promotion of guidelines on positive parenting, and consultations on cultural and religious practices impacting on the rights of children.

SRSG Santos Pais calls for the strengthening of restorative justice for children in the World Congress on Juvenile Justice in Geneva

Photo: Carolina Guerrero / Marta Santos Pais Restorative Justice Congress

"Restorative justice represents a paradigm shift in the way we envisage the justice system and its role in the safeguard of children's rights. Guided by the child's dignity and best interests, based on dialogue, negotiation and problem solving, restorative justice moves away from retributive and punitive approaches and focus on reparation and children's reintegration," stressed the SRSG in her statement to the Congress.