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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...

UN FOCUSES ON RIGHTS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
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18/06/2011

NEW YORK- Presentations by a variety of stakeholders discussed issues around the rights of children with disabilities today at UN Headquarters. The session was sponsored by the European Union, UNICEF and a number of civil society organizations, including the International Disability Alliance, Save the Children and Handicapped International.

Ms. Akiko Ito, Chief of the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of...

Media Global: Syria’s children suffer as the regime attempts to hold onto power
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17/06/2011

Graphic evidence has surfaced of the detainment, torture, and murder of children during the Syrian uprisings, prompting a distressed international community to appeal to the Syrian government. Despite
Syria’s commitments to uphold the protection of its children, eyewitness reports and video footage circulating the internet reveal a level of violence that violates the rights of children.

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16/06/2011

On June 16, we commemorate the Day of the African Child, established in honour of the courageous protests by thousands of school children in 1976, in Soweto, South Africa, who were demanding an education of quality and the right to learn in their own language. That moment was the beginning of a dream for the recognition of children’s rights everywhere and at all times, a dream we remain committed to pursue!

The Decision of the...

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...

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08/06/2011

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By Anthony Mwangi
UNICEF Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – About 50 high level participants from Ethiopia, the African Union Commission, UN agencies, international organizations and civil society attended the African Universal Ratification Campaign at the end of May in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Statement - SRSG Santos Pais calls upon Syria to protect children from violence
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03/06/2011

New York, 3 June 2011 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, expresses her deep concern at the continued acts of violence perpetrated against children in the context of the on-going unrest in Syria.

The Special Representative urges the Government of Syria to ensure the protection of all children from violence, in accordance with its obligations...

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30/05/2011

Saludo presentado por la Representante Especial del Secretario General de las Naciones Unidas sobre la Violencia contra los Niños

Concurso Tecnología Sí 2011

Buenos Aires, Argentina - Es para mi una gran alegría saludarles en esta Ceremonia de premiación del Concurso Tecnologia Sí organizado por Save the Children y Google. Quisiera igualmente expresar mi profunda satisfacción por el liderazgo...

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...