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15/01/2016
 
2016 is a momentous year for the protection of children from violence: it marks the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Study on Violence against Children and the start of the process of implementation of the new global development agenda with its strategic target 16.2 towards the elimination of all forms of violence against children by 2030. 
 

SRSG Santos Pais welcomes the adoption of new legislation in Peru to prohibit physical and humiliating punishment of children

10/12/2015

SRSG Santos Pais warmly welcomes the adoption by the National Congress of Peru of a new law to secure children’s protection from violence on the occasion of the celebration of International Human Rights Day (December 10, 2015).

“Children have an inalienable right to respect for their dignity and physical integrity and to legal protection from all forms of violence. This historic decision highlights the strong commitment of Peru to implement its international legal obligations and the recommendations of the UN Study on Violence against Children”, stressed SRSG Santos Pais.

SRSG Santos Pais adds her voice to the Campaign to #ENDviolence against children with disabilities

SRSG Santos Pais adds her voice to the Campaign to #ENDviolence against children
03/12/2015

On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, SRSG Santos Pais calls for an end to violence against children with disabilities and adds her voice to the Campaign to #ENDViolence against Children with Disabilities.

There are at least 93 million children with disabilities around the world. Many are considered to be a cause of shame to their families and a curse and misfortune for their communities. The lives of children with disabilities can be surrounded by stigma, discrimination, cultural prejudices, ill-perceptions and shocking invisibility. In addition, children with disabilities are at dramatically heightened risk of violence, neglect, abuse and exploitation.

In spite of limited data and research, available studies reveal an alarming prevalence of violence against children with disabilities – from higher vulnerability to physical and emotional violence when they are young to greater risks of sexual violence as they reach puberty.

SRSG welcomes adoption of ASEAN Regional Plan of Action on the Elimination of Violence against Children

SRSG welcomes adoption of ASEAN Regional Plan of Action on the Elimination of Vi
23/11/2015

SRSG Santos Pais warmly welcomes the adoption of the ASEAN Regional Plan of Action on the Elimination of Violence against Children (RPA/EVAC) by the 27th ASEAN Summit of Heads of State and Government, held in Kuala Lumpur, on 21 November.

United Nations Secretary-General - Message on Universal Children's Day - 20 November 2015

19/11/2015

The Universal Children’s Day is dedicated to promoting the well-being and human rights of the world’s children, especially those suffering the impacts of poverty, armed conflict, discrimination and exploitation.  The date of the observance -- 20 November -- marks the day on which, in 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Today, we reaffirm our obligation to do everything in our power to enable all children to survive and thrive, learn and grow, have their voices heard and reach their full potential.

This year, I wish to emphasize the importance of ensuring that the commitments made by the international community to the world’s children are extended to a group of children who are often forgotten or overlooked: those deprived of their liberty.

Special Representative Santos Pais welcomes the European Day against Sexual Violence

European Day on the Protection of Children against sexual exploitation and abuse
18/11/2015

Marking the first European Day against Sexual Violence on 18 November, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children welcomed this important initiative by the Council of Europe. The European Day against Sexual Violence will help to raise public awareness of children's protection from sexual abuse and exploitation, while strengthening prevention initiatives and promoting the ratification and implementation of the Council's Lanzarote Convention. Special Representative Santos Pais commends the efforts of the Council of Europe, including through the ONE in FIVE Campaign which aims to achieve further ratification and implementation of the treaty.

Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children welcomes the historic abolition of the common law defence of reasonable chastisement in Ireland

11/11/2015

New York, 11 November 2015 - “Today, Ireland has taken a decisive step towards the elimination of all forms of violence against children. By abolishing the common law defence of reasonable chastisement, the Houses of the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) have made an unequivocal statement: children’s dignity and physical integrity enjoy the effective protection of the law.

In taking this step, Ireland is contributing to the global movement towards a world where all children are free from violence. World leaders recently agreed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes an explicit target requiring all States to eliminate violence against children. Ireland played a pivotal role in negotiating the 2030 Agenda and it is heartening to see the Government and the Oireachtas take concrete action to make this a reality, in line with Ireland’s international human rights obligations.

SRSG Santos Pais calls for protection of children from online violence at Digital Literacy Forum in Argentina

SRSG Santos Pais calls for protection of children from online violence
06/11/2015

SRSG Santos Pais joined more than 200 children from the Americas to discuss effective ways of ensuring that children and teenagers can safely embrace ICTs (Information and Communications Technologies). 

As keynote speaker at the First Regional Summit on Digital Literacy and Citizenship "Technology for a Better World" held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ms. Santos Pais called for the promotion of a safe, inclusive and empowering digital agenda for children as an indispensable strategy to protect children from violence.

SRSG meets Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Adolfo Pérez Esquivel to discuss situation of children deprived of liberty and their reintegration in the community

SRSG meets Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Adolfo Pérez Esquivel to discuss situation
05/11/2015

During a three-day visit to Argentina, SRSG Santos Pais met with Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, 1980 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and President of the Association Peace and Justice Service. 

At the meeting, SRSG Santos Pais and Mr. Pérez Esquivel discussed the promotion of Human Rights and protection of children from violence, namely of children and young people involved with the criminal justice system in the Latin America Region.

SRSG Santos Pais participates in First Regional Summit on Digital Literacy and Citizenship "Technology for a Better World" - Buenos Aires 5-6 November 2015

SRSG Santos Pais participates in First Regional Summit on Digital Literacy
05/11/2015

SRSG Santos Pais participates as keynote speaker at the First Regional Summit on Digital Literacy and Citizenship "Technology for a Better World" which took place on November 5th and 6th in Tecnopolis, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The promotion of a safe, inclusive and empowering digital agenda for children is a key priority for the mandate and indispensable strategy to protect children from violence; this includes ensuring that children and teenagers can interact with ICT (Information and Communications Technology) without violence, and to promote the exercise of their rights to a safe, responsible and meaningful use of them.