Concluding statement of the East Asia and Pacific regional consultation on violence against children
BANGKOK, 16 June 2005
We the adult and child delegates from governments of the East Asia and Pacific region; from regional and national non-government organizations; from international organizations and from United Nations agencies are committed to end violence against children. Following the successful conclusion of the East Asia and Pacific Regional Consultation on Violence against Children that was held in Bangkok from June 14 to 16, 2005, and in light of the comprehensive and wide ranging discussions that took place, we make the following observations:
- Violence has affected the lives of all children in the home, in schools, in work situations, in institutions, in conflict with the law, and in the street and the community.
- Participants recommended common approaches. These approaches include ensuring that special consideration and understanding is afforded for marginalized children; awareness raising and capacity building strategies; the review and development of appropriate legislation, policy and guidelines; the development of quality programs, services and standards; and effective monitoring and evaluation.
- That we recognize the importance of improving efforts towards rights based and participatory research that result in useful data and information for policy development and improved program responses.
- That parents need support in order to better understand issues of violence against children, and to develop non-violent parenting skills.
- That we work towards the elimination of all forms of corporal punishment in all the settings that it occurs.
- That we address the trivialization of violence by the media, which has resulted in an increasing tolerance of violence in society and in growing levels of violence against children by other children.
- That we also recognize emerging issues that were highlighted in the Consultation including violence against children in cyberspace and through other new technologies and we urge action be taken to address and prevent these forms of violence.
- That the Regional Consultation has been unique in integrating meaningful and effective participation of children at all stages, and that the establishment of an agreed Protocol for the Consultation that emphasized the equal status and full participation of children ensured their involvement in all decision making and interactions. Therefore, we urge all countries to mainstream meaningful child
- That the cycle of violence can only be broken by creating a culture of peace and harmony and by improving cooperation and networking mechanisms among children, adults, communities, civil society, governments and international agencies.
- That country efforts to fight and sustain the campaign on violence against children should be supported through provision of technical assistance and resources.
- And finally, that we reaffirm our commitment to the ongoing efforts of the United Nations Study on Violence against Children and to the national, regional and international processes that will ensure the successful implementation of recommendations.
To conclude, we acknowledge that violence against children and violence in society as a whole are not inevitable, but rather an injustice that can be ended by recognizing that peace is a human right.
This responsibility belongs to everyone!