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02/08/2011

The second annual report of the SRSG to the General Assembly is available. The report identifies areas to which the Special Representative will devote special attention namely (a) promoting the universal ratification of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child; (b) further consolidating regional governance structures on violence against...

South Sudan becomes 30th country to prohibit all forms of violence against child
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29/07/2011

With the achievement of independence on 9 July, South Sudan can now be recognized as the 30th country to prohibit all forms of violence against children, including by parents. Prohibiting legislation was originally enacted in 2005 under the Interim Government of South Sudan, in article 21 of the Interim Constitution of Southern Sudan. Prohibition was subsequently confirmed in article 21 of the Child Act (2008).

Now a new Constitution...

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07/07/2011

On 6 and 7 July 2011, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG), Ms. Marta Santos Pais, in cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), and the International NGO Advisory Council on Violence against Children, hosted an expert consultation on law reform in...

First Lady, Bettina Wulff and SRSG Santos Pais at the launch of UNICEF report
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30/06/2011

 Berlin - The study "Kinder vor Gewalt schützen" ["Protecting Children from Violence"] was launched in Berlin, in a press conference sponsored by the German National Committee for UNICEF with the participation of First Lady, Ms. Bettina Wulff....

Experts recommend involvement of all actors to prevent violence in schools
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28/06/2011

Oslo - At the conclusion of a two day meeting on the theme of “Tackling Violence in Schools”, experts in child rights joined together to call for a holistic, child-centred approach to prevent and address all forms of violence against children in schools. They urged all actors, from national government to local authorities, school administrators, teachers, local communities, parents and children themselves to work...

Statement by the SRSG on Violence against Children on the Adoption of ILO Conven
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22/06/2011

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children warmly welcomes the adoption by the annual Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) of a new international convention which will contribute to improving the...

SRSG welcomes adoption of a new protocol to the Convention Photo:Miguel Caldeira
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21/06/2011

"The adoption by the Human Rights Council of a new Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child is an historical and commendable decision.

The new protocol will enable children to challenge the violation of their human rights and will consolidate the international system of acountability for human...

SRSG welcomes Pakistan's commitment to protect children from sexual exploitation
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09/06/2011

ISLAMABAD – In a joint statement with the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children, UNICEF Pakistan today welcomed the Government of Pakistan’s move to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.

“The ratification of this Optional Protocol marks a significant milestone...

Brazil to adopt legal ban on corporal punishment of children
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19/05/2011

Brazília - The announcement that Brazil is very close to enacting a total prohibition of corporal punishment of children came during a seminar on legislative responses against corporal punishment of children and adolescents, held in the House of Representatives of Brazil. The event was organized by the Embassy of Sweden, the Brazilian Government and Save the Children Sweden to discuss the draft Bill 7.672/10...

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16/05/2011

New York - Representatives of Finland, Mauritius and Pakistan announced their countries' intention to ratify the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography in the near future. The announcements were made during an event held at UN headquarters today to commemorate the first anniversary of the campaign for universal ratification of the Optional Protocols to the...