Violence against Children takes center-stage at General Assembly side event

Violence against Children takes center-stage at General Assembly side event

UN Agencies and Experts, civil society organizations and more than 40 Member States representatives came together to advocate for the inclusion of violence against children as a key concern in the post-2015 development agenda. Held during the high level segment of the 69th General Assembly in New York, the side-event was convened by the Governments of Benin, Canada, Indonesia, Ireland, Paraguay and Sweden,together with leading child protection organizations and the SRSG on Violence against Children.

Making violence against children visible: Human Rights Council discusses the way ahead

Making violence against children visible: Human Rights Council discusses the way

Geneva, 23 September 2014 – The need to accelerate progress towards the elimination of violence against children at the heart of a panel discussion held in the Human Rights Council, in Geneva.

Violence against children and ICTs, a key concern addressed in the SRSG’s report to the General Assembly


The 2014 Report of SRSG Santos Pais to the UN General Assembly is now available in six languages. Issued during the year of the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the report gives special attention to the opportunities and risks associated with children’s use of new information and communication technologies, putting forward core recommendations to minimize possible risks and release children’s potential in the digital world. This year’s report underscores the urgency of securing the right to freedom from violence for all children, including those at special risk of discrimination, stigma, neglect, abuse and exploitation, as is the case of those with albinism and accused of witchcraft.

A call to action: governments to ratify child rights treaty by November 20

A call to action: governments to ratify child rights treaty by November 20

New York (September 26, 2014) — The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child needs more clout to deliver on its promises. As world leaders gather in New York this week, child rights experts and advocates are calling on all governments to strengthen the Convention by ratifying the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure – or OP3 for short. This treaty helps children seek justice through the UN when their national legal system cannot provide a remedy for violations of their rights.

The OP3 allows children or their representatives to report rights violations directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, which will then investigate their complaints, and can ask governments to take action.

Girl Summit 2014 - A future free from FGM and Child and Forced Marriage - Webcast


London, 22 July 2014 - SRSG Santos Pais participated in the Girl Summit held in London, UK. The Girl Summit rallied a global movement to end child, early and forced marriage and FGM for all girls within a generation. Doing this will help preserve girls' childhoods, promote their education, reduce their exposure to violence and abuse, and allow them to fulfil their potential in life. The event was webcasted here.

Everyone has a part to play in achieving rights for girls and women around the world. Take a stand against FGM and child marriage today - pledge your support through Twitter and Facebook in the pink box. Your voices will be heard at the#GirlSummit.

Regions define actions to curb violence against young children - SRSG organizes Fourth Cross-Regional Round Table in Jamaica

Regions define actions to curb violence against young children - SRSG organizes

Kingston, 1 July 2014 - Acting as a bridge-builder between regions, the SRSG convenes each year a Cross-Regional Round Table on violence against children. This important annual forum enables regional organizations and institutions to assess progress achieved, reflect on trends and common concerns, share planned initiatives and identify opportunities for cross-regional cooperation.

This year and for the first time, the Round Table also addressed a priority area of common concern: the prevention and elimination of violence in early childhood.

SRSG welcomes adoption of ban on violence against children in Brazil (Portuguese version below/Versão em Português em baixo)


SRSG Santos Pais welcomes the enactment by President Dilma Rousseff of Law 13.010 which recognizes the right of the child to be cared for and educated without any form of corporal punishment or degrading treatment. The new law was enacted enters into force on 26 June 2014.

"The adoption of this new legislation marks an historic day for Brazilian children. It strengthens Brazil's efforts to safeguard children's rights and it gains a decisive global relevance as it increases the percentage of the world’s children protected by a legal ban against all forms of violence from 5% to 8%!" highlighted the Special Representative.

SRSG calls for the establishment of an Ombudsman for children to promote the best interests of the child and address violations of children’s rights


Berlin - At the launch of the 2014 UNICEF report “Every Child has Rights”, in Berlin, SRSG Santos Pais praised progress in the area of child protection, but recalled that many challenges persist a quarter-century after the adoption of the UN Convention on Rights of the Child. In this regard, the Special Representative highlighted the importance of establishing independent institutions for children’s rights as well as child sensitive counselling, reporting and complaint mechanisms to address violence against children as a key component of effective national strategies to safeguard children’s rights.

Regional organizations and SRSG enhance cooperation to strengthen the protection of young children from violence

Marta Santos Pais

SRSG Santos Pais and representatives from regional organisations and institutions will hold on June 30 and July 1 a Cross-Regional Round Table on the prevention of violence in early childhood. The meeting is promoted by the SRSG and hosted, in Kingston, by the Government of Jamaica. 

Violence prevention in early childhood is a priority for the SRSG mandate and a critical strategy to break the cycle of violence compromising children's rights. In early years, children experience the most rapid process of growth and development; but this is also the time during which children are at high risk of violence, often associated with irreversible consequences for their health and well-being.