SRSG News

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29/09/2014

The 2014 Report of SRSG Santos Pais to the UN General Assembly is now available in six languages. Issued during the year of the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the report gives special attention to the opportunities and risks associated with children’s use of new information and communication technologies, putting...

Making violence against children visible: Human Rights Council discusses the way
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29/09/2014

Geneva, 23 September 2014 – The need to accelerate progress towards the elimination of violence against children at the heart of a panel discussion held in the Human Rights Council, in Geneva.

“Online or offline, the urgency of protecting children from violence has certainly not diminished! As stressed by UNICEF recent report, violence is a reality hidden in plain sight!! The...

A call to action: governments to ratify child rights treaty by November 20
Press releases
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26/09/2014

New York (September 26, 2014) — The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child needs more clout to deliver on its promises. As world leaders gather in New York this week, child rights experts and advocates are calling on all governments to strengthen the Convention by ratifying the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure – or OP3 for short. This...

The Gleaner: Stop hitting your child!
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Americas
06/07/2014

 For centuries, Jamaicans have used corporal punishment - spanking, slapping, flogging, beating, whipping, whacking or thrashing - to discipline children.

But now, international organisations, led by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), are arguing that the age-old practice is child abuse and should be outlawed.

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Jamaica Information Service: Jamaicans must end Violence against Children
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Americas
03/07/2014

Former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson, has pointed to the need for Jamaicans to work together to speed up the pace of progress in eliminating violence against the nation’s children.

Mr. Patterson was addressing the opening session of the United Nations (UN) Cross-Regional Meeting for Advancing the Protection of Children from Violence held on Monday (June 30...

The Gleaner: Do More To Combat Violence Against Children - UN Rep
SRSG in the news
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Americas
03/07/2014

Jamaica is being lauded for the steps being taken to protect the nation's children from all forms of violence. However, the country is being told it has a long way to go to eliminate the culture of abuse that has become somewhat entrenched.

Speaking at The Gleaner's Editors' Forum yesterday, United Nations (UN) Special...

Jamaica Observer Cross-Regional Meeting for advancing the protection of children
SRSG in the news
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Americas
02/07/2014

Young drummers Steven Simpson (second left) and Don Antonio Phillips get their drums autographed by Youth Minister Lisa Hanna while Marta Santos Pais,

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence Against Children, looks on during yesterday’s opening ceremony of the Cross -Regional Meeting

for advancing the protection of children from violence at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. (PHOTO: BRYAN...

RJR news: Invest in Children - says UN representative
SRSG in the news
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Americas
02/07/2014

Special representative of the UN Secretary General on violence against children, Marta Santos Pais is reminding Jamaica of the benefits of investingin children.       

She...

Jamaica Observer: Our children are not only at risk they are in dire danger
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Americas
01/07/2014

An edited version of remarks by Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna at the Opening Session of UN Cross Regional Meeting on the Prevention and Elimination of Violence against Children at the ...

JIS:Government Develops Action Plan to Protect Children from Violence
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Europe
01/07/2014

The Government has developed a national plan of action as it intensifies its drive to effectively tackle the issue of violence against children in Jamaica.

This was disclosed by Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, who noted that the National Plan of Action for an Integrated Response to Children and Violence aims to create and maintain a protective environment,...