1bn children suffer some form of violence every year: UN envoy

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SRSG Santos Pais (R) and former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Méndez (L) during UN launch of the new publication “Protecting Children against Torture in Detention: Global Solutions for a Global Problem” on 22 May 2017. Photo/Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the UN on Violence against Children.

At least one billion children in the world suffer some form of violence every year, the UN Special Representative on Violence against Children has said.

Marta Santos Pais was speaking at the launch of a new publication on protecting children against torture in detention hosted by the UN in New York.

Violence, stigmatisation and sexual and psychological abuse are just a few of the violations children deprived of their liberty face on a daily basis.

More than 30 international children's rights experts pooled their knowledge in an effort to strengthen the protection of these children.

They also underscored the obligations of States and analysed practices within the justice and criminal justice systems.

Ms Santos Pais explained the focus of the new study to Elizabeth Scaffidi.

Duration: 4’43″

 

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