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UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, supports launch of global initiative "High Time to End Violence Against Children"

11/03/2016

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon supported the launch of the High Time to End Violence against Children Initiative on Wednesday 9 March. In his message to the participants, the Secretary-General stressed that every child has the right to freedom from all forms of violence. This is not just common sense and basic morality; it is an international legal obligation, enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the world’s most widely ratified human rights treaty. 

Preventing child sexual exploitation and enhancing children's protection through information and communication technologies - top concern in Human Rights Council session

07/03/2016

SRSG Santos Pais moderated a highly participative debate on national, regional and international initiatives to empower children through information and communication technologies (ICTs). The panel was part of the Human Rights Council annual full day on the Rights of Child and provided an opportunity to discuss effective ways to enhance children’s protection from child sexual exploitation both online and offline.

SRSG Santos Pais Welcomes China’s Anti-Family Violence Law

02/03/2016

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais welcomes the coming into effect on 1 March 2016 of the new Anti-Family Violence Law of the People’s Republic of China. The new law is a significant milestone in the recognition, prevention and response to violence against children, including within the family. The law prohibits domestic physical and emotional violence and provides a range of remedies for its victims, while requiring mandatory reporting and response by officials who become aware of incidents of family violence.

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SRSG supports Nigeria Year of Action to End Violence against Children

25/02/2016

Lagos, Nigeria -  The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, conducted a week-long visit to Nigeria in support of the Year of Action to End Violence against Children, launched by the President of Nigeria in September 2015 in response to the findings of a comprehensive national survey on violence against children. As a key contribution to this process SRSG Santos Pais participated in the launch of the Lagos State campaign to end violence against children.

Lagos State is the first to respond to President Buhari’s call for all States to launch their own specific campaigns to end violence against children to address the concerns identified by the national data survey.

SRSG commends Indonesia for its strong commitment to Ending Violence against Children

19/02/2016

Jakarta, Indonesia - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais has completed a mission to Indonesia during which she met Vice-President Jusuf Kalla and other senior officials of the Government of Indonesia, including Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Yohana Yembise, and Education Minister Anies Baswedan to discuss efforts towards protecting children from all forms of violence.

SRSG Santos Pais welcomed the significant progress since her visit a year ago when she had urged Indonesia to be a lighthouse in the region and globally in shaping policies to end violence against children and ensuring their steady implementation. The Government of Indonesia has placed violence against children as a priority concern in its policy agenda and is determined to make significant progress over the years to come.

SRSG dialogue with ASEAN Commission on the Rights of Women and Children calls for implementation of regional priority actions for the elimination of violence against children 2016-2020

18/02/2016

Jakarta, Indonesia - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais has completed a week long mission to Jakarta where she held a series of policy dialogues with the Deputy-Secretary General of ASEAN for the Socio-Cultural Community, the ASEAN Commission on the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC), and the Government of Indonesia.

Annual Report to the Human Rights Council - 2016

A/HRC/31/20
05/01/2016

In the report the Special Representative reviews key developments and initiatives she has promoted to accelerate progress in the protection of children from violence. The report builds upon the decision by the Assembly to renew the mandate of the Special Representative, and upon the opportunities provided by the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the commemoration in 2016 of the tenth anniversary of the submission to the Assembly of the United Nations study on violence against children.

SRSG renews call for an empowering, inclusive and safer Internet

09/02/2016

(New York – 9 February) Speaking on the occasion of Safer Internet Day, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, renewed her call to ensure that the empowerment of children is at the heart of building a safer and more inclusive Internet:

“Information and communications technologies evolve and spread at a phenomenal speed. This evolution represents an amazing opportunity, which more and more children are availing of to learn, play, create, socialize, and express themselves. However, without determined and coordinated action, millions of children will continue to be excluded from the benefits of the Internet; child victims of on-line violence, abuse and exploitation will continue to multiply; and impunity for these offences will go unchecked.

SRSG welcomes the ratification by Italy of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure

04/02/2016
"I warmly welcome today's ratification by Italy of this important child rights treaty. With this significant step, 25 countries have now ratified the the Optional Protocol on a Communications Procedure and 50 have signed it." said Marta Santos Pais at the signing ceremony.
 
The Protocol allows children to bring complaints to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child on violations of their rights.
 
To support the process of ratification and to ensure that the protocol is understandable for children, the Office of the SRSG has developed an advocacy tool that is available here.