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UN Special Representative on violence against children presented a report to the human rights council

The UN Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) on violence against children, Ms. Martha Santos Pais, presented her third report to the Human Rights Council during its Interactive Dialogue on on Violence and Sale of Children held last March 7, 2012. The SRSG reported international developments with regards to enhanced protection of children from violence marked by increasing commitment of states to ratify international human rights standards and to undertake measures at the regional and national level. Despite such developments, the SRSG requested the council to rally firm support to overcome persisting challenges and speed up global progress towards a world free from violence.

In her speech to the Human Rights Council, the SRSG reported the initiatives undertaken during the second year of her mandate. Her office undertaken global advocacy to raise awareness and strengthen political action to consolidate children’s protection from violence. To achieve this, she reported that her office supported the global campaign towards the ratification of the Optional Protocols to the CRC.

Another key component of her mandate is to collaborate with regional organizations and institutions which led to adoption of political declarations and regional agenda to strengthen and galvanize commitment and action to address violence. Included in the list of regional commitments is the strategic cooperation framework with the ASEAN Commission on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC).

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