Izjava RS v interaktivnem dialogu s posebno predstavnico generalnega sekretarja OZN za nasilje nad otroki in posebno poročevalko za prodajo otrok, otroško prostitucijo in otroško pornografijo
16th Session of the Human Rights Council
Item 3 - Interactive Dialogue with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children and Special Rapporteur on Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography
Intervention by SLOVENIA
Slovenia thanks Mme Special Representative and Mme Special Rapporteur for their joint report and their presentation today, which provide a comprehensive analysis of the status of counseling, reporting and complaint mechanisms to address incidents of violence against children at all levels.
Slovenia aligns itself with the statement of the European Union. In our national capacity, we wish to convey the following:
In Slovenia, children can seek assistance and protection from different forms of violence and abuse at the Police, Social Work Centers, crisis centers for children and adolescents, counseling centers for children, adolescents and parents, and relevant NGOs. In case of violations of their rights, children can also turn to the Human Rights Ombudsman. There are several cost-free help-lines that provide help and counseling to children. In addition, several awareness raising nods provide relevant information on violence against children and for safe use of the internet. In June 2010 the Ministry of Interior introduced an anonymous on-line report on cases of family violence.
In the past two years, rules of procedure for professionals working in social protection, education, health and the police on the reporting, exchange of information and cooperation between bodies and organizations in the cases of family violence were adopted. The rules are in accordance with the 2008 Family Violence Prevention Acs, which imposes the obligation to report domestic violence when the victim is a child. In recent years a strong partnership between government, its institutions and civil society organizations has been developed to protect children from different forms of violence.
Allow me to focus on the support to the recommendation contained in the report that children and those acting on their behalf should have access to international and regional mechanisms, when domestic legal remedies fail to protect children. Slovenia has been a firm supporter of a strong optional protocol providing a communication procedure under the Convention on the Rights of the Child. We would like to ask Ms Santos Pais and Ms Maala M’jid about their opinion on the importance of international and regional mechanisms for the development of effective and child-sensitive mechanisms to address incidents of violence against children at national level.
At the end I would like to reiterate Slovenia’s support to the mandates of the Special Representative on Violence against Children and the Special Rapporteur on sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.
Thank you, Mr. President.