SRSG News

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14/04/2014

GENEVA (14 April 2014) – United Nations child rights experts have hailed a new treaty that allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights.

The treaty, known as the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure, has today (14 April) entered into...

SRSG welcomes the new report issued by the IAHRC
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Americas
Home and family
19/02/2014

Washington, D.C.—Since it was created, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has taken different steps to ensure that the rights of children and adolescents in the Americas are promoted and protected. In this context, the IACHR is presenting its report on “The right of boys and girls to a family. Alternative care...

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20/11/2013

GENEVA/NEW YORK – Governments should make child protection from violence a priority in the post-2015 development agenda and back their commitments with proper funding, five top United Nations child rights experts* said today.

“Every day, millions of children are affected by conflict, suffer from violence, neglect, abuse and exploitation at home, in schools, in...

Universal Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
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19/09/2013

The Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, and the Special Representative on Violence Against Children, Marta Santos Pais, called today for the universal ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its three Optional Protocols.

“Millions of children around the globe suffer daily from violence, exploitation and abuse. Ignored by statistics and...

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02/09/2013

About 150 children and young people from 13 countries in West and Central Africa are in Accra this week to meet Marta Santos Pais, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) on Violence against Children (VAC).  They will discuss the issue of harmful practices that violate the rights of children and young people in the region.

The child and youth delegates...

International cooperation key to combating child pornography – First Report on C
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Europe
06/06/2012

New York, 6 June 2012 - The Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking and Sexual Violence against Children presented her first report on Child Pornography, at UNICEF House, in an event with the participation of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais and the Deputy Director of UNICEF Programme Division, Christian Salazar.

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UN celebrates progress in campaign for Ratification of Optional Protocols to CRC
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25/05/2012

Since the campaign for universal ratification was launched, two years ago, 20 additional countries have ratified the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, and 15 countries became party to the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict.

“We are nearing the goal of universal ratification, strengthening children’s protection from violence and bringing to an...

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East Asia and Pacific
16/04/2012

NEW YORK, 16 April 2012 - The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, welcomes the accession by the Government of Malaysia to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography.

“With this important decision Malaysia expresses a decisive commitment to secure children...

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Africa | East Asia and Pacific | South Asia | Americas | Europe | Middle East
22/12/2011

NEW YORK/GENEVA – We warmly welcome the adoption by the General Assembly of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure, providing for individual complaints, inter-state communications and an inquiry procedure, and introducing an international mechanism of...

SRSG statement on the attacks in Norway
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Europe
25/07/2011

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children expresses her deep shock and condemnation of the violent and senseless attacks targeting innocent victims in Oslo and the indiscriminate shooting of young people who were peacefully assembled in a summer camp outside the city. Many teenagers were killed and many others wounded.

Violence against children is morally repulsive and can never be justified....