Separated Haitian children risk being sold, trafficked or kept in slave-like conditions: UN human rights experts


Media Statement

2 February 2010

Separated Haitian children risk being sold, trafficked or kept in slave-like conditions: UN human rights experts

GENEVA – “There is an increased risk of unaccompanied children in Haiti, including orphans and restaveks*, being abducted, enslaved, sold or trafficked, due to increased insecurity in the country,” a group of UN human rights experts warned Tuesday**.

The experts, who are mandated by the Human Rights Council to monitor slavery, sale of children, trafficking and violence against children, stressed that “protection of children must be at the heart of the relief operation in Haiti.”

Water quality, a matter of children’s rights, say UN experts


Media Statement

The following statement has been issued by a group of UN human rights experts to mark World Water Day, 22 March 2010

Water quality, a matter of children’s rights, say UN experts

GENEVA – “With an estimated 884 million people relying on unimproved drinking water sources, access to safe drinking water is clearly a human rights issue, with serious implications for children’s health, education and even personal security,” says the UN Independent Expert on water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque.

South American Meeting on the follow-up to the UN Study on Violence against Children


Asuncion, Paraguay - The Sub-Regional meeting of follow up to the UN Study on Violence against Children in South-America was held in Asuncion, Paraguay, on 28 and 29 of April. Co-organized by the SRSG Office with the Global Movement for Children Chapter of Latin America and Caribbean and the Government of Paraguay, the meeting was recognized of "national interest" by a Paraguayan Presidential Decree and attended by high level governmental delegations, by a wide spectrum of civil society organizations, as well as by children and adolescents from countries in the region.

Small arms - Report of the Secretary-General


In his 2008 report on small arms (S/2008/258), the Secretary-General provided an overview of the negative impact of illicit small arms on security, human rights and social and economic development, in particular in areas of conflict. The report indicated that the issue of small arms could not be addressed with arms control
measures alone; such measures needed to be part of a wider spectrum of policy solutions in which security, crime, human rights, health and development intersected.

Report of the 15th Session of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child


The 15th Meeting of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) was held at the AU Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 15 to 19 March 2010. Its main objective was to share experiences on the promotion of child rights in Africa, consider State Party Reports and agree on recommendations for more effective action to improve the welfare of children.

EU Guidelines for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of the Child


The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history. In conjunction with its two Optional Protocols it contains a comprehensive set of legally binding international standards for the promotion and protection of children’s rights. Together with other international and regional standards on the rights of the child, including those adopted by the Council of Europe, these instruments provide a solid foundation for the enjoyment of human rights by all children without discrimination of any kind, while constituting a reference for promoting and monitoring progress in the realization of the rights of the child.

Council of Europe Policy Guidelines on integrated national strategies for the protection of children from violence


In November 2009, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (representing its 47 member states) adopted a recommendation containing the guidelines. It is the Council of Europe’s wish that this text and the process leading to its adoption inspire the development of national strategies both in Europe and outside the European region.

En noviembre del 2009, el Comité de Ministros del Consejo de Europa (representando los 47 Estados miembros), adoptó una recomendación que incluía las directrices. El deseo del Consejo de Europa es que este texto y el proceso que ha llevado a su adopción, inspire el desarrollo de estrategias nacionales, tanto dentro como fuera de Europa.

Council of Europe Strategy 2009-2011 - Building a Europe for and with children


One of the objectives of the high-level conference “Building a Europe for and with children: towards a strategy for 2009-2011” (Stockholm, 8-10 September 2008) was to discuss the Council of Europe's future priorities in the fi eld of children’s rights. Following the thematic discussion held at the Ministers’ Deputies’ meeting on 18 June 2008, a document outlining the draft elements of the future Council of Europe strategywas submitted for comments to the 320 participants at the Stockholm conference. The strategy presented in this document refl ects the result of the consultation and was adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 27 November 2008.

European Union Agenda for the Rights of the Child

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European Commission sets out EU agenda for the rights of the child

How can the EU help protect children's rights in the courtroom? How can we make sure that decisions on cross-border custody cases are enforced as quickly as possible? And how can we prevent kids from getting bullied online? The European Commission today presented an EU agenda for reinforcing the rights of the child by putting the principles of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights into practice. It includes a series of concrete actions where the EU can provide added value to policies for children's well-being and safety, including promoting child-friendly justice, better informing children about their rights, and making the internet safer for kids.