SRSG News

International Day for Street Children - Statement of support Marta Santos Pais
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12/04/2012

“It is easy to get beaten if you are a street boy. People can rape you. There is nothing you can do but run away if you are lucky”

Boy, 12 living in the street. Eastern and Southern Africa. 2005 (UN Study on Violence against Children)

“In joining the commemoration on April 12 of the International Day for Street Children, I reiterate my strong support to the promotion of the rights of children...

Marta Santos Pais participates in panel discussion: Children Deprived of Liberty
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08/03/2012

On Thursday, March 8, the SRSG Santos Pais participated in the Thematic Debate on:"Children and the Administration of Justice" in the afternoon panel: "Children deprived of liberty and children of incarcerated parents: protection and realization of their rights".

The meeting contributed to take stock of the implementation of the Convention to achieve a better understanding of the situation of children in...

19th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council - Presentation of SRSG Report
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07/03/2012

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG), Marta Santos Pais, presented her new report during the 19th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) on 7 March 2012, in Geneva. The Interactive Dialogue on Violence...

SRSG Marta Santos Pais launches publication on "Tackling violence in schools"
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Regions: Europe
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06/03/2012

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...

Plan girl delegate Fatmata from Sierra Leone - Marta Santos Pais - Mariane Pearl
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Regions: South Asia
Settings: Community
02/03/2012

The fifty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is being held at the United Nations Headquarters, in New York, until Friday, 9 March 2012. This year’s priority theme is “The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges”. The emerging issue for this session is “Engaging young women and men, girls and boys, to advance gender...

Marta Santos Pais welcomes political support of the third Optional Protocol
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28/02/2012

 The SRSG welcomes the strong political support to the third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on a Communications procedure expressed during the signing ceremony that took place today in Geneva.

This new Protocol will allow children to bring complaints to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Twenty States signed the Protocol, namely:...

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27/02/2012

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Marta Santos Pais, attended a high-level event in Brussels on “Protecting Children in and out of Emergencies”, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary commemoration of the entry into force of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child the Optional Protocol, namely on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography and on the...

SRSG welcomes adoption by Council of Europe of Strategy for Rights of the Child
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15/02/2012

The strategy on the rights of the child 2012-15 proposes a vision for the Council of Europe’s role and action in this field, taking into account the progress achieved during the two previous policy cycles (the latest one referred to as the Stockholm Strategy), the needs expressed by governments and the challenges identified by the international community. The strategy is the result of extensive consultations with governments,...

SRSG Santos Pais visits Japan
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Regions: East Asia and Pacific
Settings: Home and family
10/02/2012

On a four day visit to Japan, the SRSG advocated for the strengthening of national legislation to prohibit all forms of violence against children, including within the home, fight child pornography and to promote the signature and ratification of the new Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure, adopted by the UN General Assembly on 19 December 2011.

The SRSG held important meetings...

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09/02/2012

The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure which was adopted at the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, will be open for signature at a signing ceremony to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 28 February 2012 and thereafter at United Nations Headquarters.

This new Protocol will allow children to bring complaints to the United Nations Committee on the...