Global Programme to End Violence Against Children

LEGAL INSTRUMENTS

As defined in various international legal instruments, children have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, physically or mentally. International law directs States to ensure that children are properly cared for and to protect them from violence, abuse and neglect. Should they be victims of violence, States shall take all appropriate measures to promote physical and psychological recovery and social reintegration.

The UNODC Global Programme to End Violence Against Children promotes, promulgates and protects a human rights and child rights-based approach to the phenomenon of violence against children. The international legal framework on child rights serves as a benchmark for action to ensure the continued determination of the international community to protect and uphold the fundamental child rights which are enshrined in the   Convention on the Rights of the Child and other key international standards and norms pertaining to the rights of the child.

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List of the international legal standards and guidance on justice for children:

Convention on the Rights of the Child

Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict

Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography  

Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure   

General comment No. 13 (2011) the right of the child to freedom from all forms of violence

Joint general recommendation No. 31 of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women/general comment No. 18 of the Committee on the Rights of the Child on harmful practices

General comment No. 24 (2019) on children's rights in the child justice system

UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Administration of Juvenile Justice (Beijing Rules)   

UN Guidelines for the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency (Riyadh Guidelines)   

UN Rules for the Protection of Juveniles Deprived of their Liberty (Havana Rules)   

Guidelines for Action on Children in the Criminal Justice System (Vienna Guidelines)   

Guidelines on Justice in Matters involving Child Victims and Witnesses of Crime   

UN Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence Against Children

 

The Beijing Rules, Riyadh Guidelines, Havana Rules, Vienna Guidelines, Guidelines on Justice in Matters involving Child Victims and Witnesses of Crime and UN Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence Against Children are available in Part Two of the Compendium of United Nations standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice which is available in  Arabic,  Chinese,  English,  French,  Russian  and  Spanish.

The following instruments, although not exclusively applicable to children, are of direct relevance to issues related to violence against children and justice for children: