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libertyWe, civil society organisations, call for a Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty to be carried out as there is a clear lack of quantitative and qualitative data (particularly disaggregated data), research and verified information on the situation of children deprived of their liberty worldwide.
Despite the fact that article 37 (b) of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that: « deprivation of liberty should be a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time », children are all too often deprived of their liberty, being exposed to increased risks of abuse, violence, acute social discrimination and denial of their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.
This Study would aim to map out – through monitoring and evaluation analysis – how existing international laws and standards are being implemented on the ground and assess the concrete possibilities for States to improve their policies and responses. Through the collection of sound evidence and reliable data, the Study would also provide a consolidation of good practices and the formulation of recommendations… continued… read the full article here

  • Call for a Global Study in: ENFRESARRU | CH | PT | IT
  • Flyer for the Call for a Global Study
  • Questions and Answers on the Global Study
  • Advocacy Brochure
  • Webcast of the Side-Event of The Human Rights Council, 28th Session: Children Deprived of Liberty, a Global Perspective (March 2015)
  • Final declaration of the World Congress on Juvenile Justice supports the Global Study (January 2015)
  • Statement of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez, in support of the Global Study and the appointment of an Independent Expert (November 2014)
  • Written statement of the NGO Panel on the need to appoint an Independent Expert for the Global Study (November 2014)
  • Oral statement delivered by the NGO Panel to the UN Human Rights Council (September 2014)
  • Report of the Expert Consultation on the Global Study (June 2014)
  • Letter of the Committee on the Rights of the Child addressed to the United Nations General Assembly in support of the Global Study (May 2014)

A step in the (human) right direction for children being deprived of liberty worldwide
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Today, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) officially requested for the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty to be carried out. In its Child Rights Resolution, the UNGA explicitly invites for the commission of “an in-depth global study on children deprived of liberty”. This marks the success of the campaign calling for such Study and the commencement of its concrete implementation.
Defence for Children International (DCI) is proud to announce the success of its campaign calling for a Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, which was officially launched in March of this year, with the support of over sixty non-governmental organizations (NGOs), States and United Nations human rights agencies and experts.
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DCI co-organizes event in New York to further lobby for the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)

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In light of the 69th session of the UNGA and in particular the Third Committee (which considers Children’s Rights specifically), on behalf of the NGO Panel for a Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, DCI together with Human Rights Watch organised a high-level event on 14th of October, in New York. This event saw the participation of expert speakers, including: Marta Santos Pais (Special Representative to the Secretary General on Violence against Children), Kirsten Sandberg (Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of the Child), Susan Bissell (Chief, Child Protection, UNICEF), as well as the introductory remarks of the following permanent representatives: Sheikha Alya Bint Ahmed Bin Saif Al Than (Qatar); May-Elin Stener (Norway) and Cristina Carrion (Uruguay). Numerous Permanent Missions attended as well as civil society representatives.
The support for the Study was further highlighted during this final push to assist the formal request of the Study through the Child Rights Resolution of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) during its 69th session. At the same time, a statement of the NGO Panel for the Global Study was produced as part of the current lobbying efforts for the Study in light of the Child Rights Resolution and the particular need for an Independent Expert. The NGO panel for the Global Study continues to lobby States in order to secure the Study be formally supported and requested (with the reference to an Independent Expert included) through the UNGA resolution by the end of the year.
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CHILD-FRIENDLY JUVENILE JUSTICE RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE (PACE)

PACEAlthough the CRC remains the most widely ratified convention in history – with a holistic codification of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of every child – at its quarter of a century mark, implementation gaps are preoccupying.
Progress has been particularly unbalanced with regard juvenile justice. Despite the existence of a comprehensive set of international standards – both within the child rights movement, and within the broader human rights movement – to ensure the respect of their rights, children in conflict with the law too often see their basic human rights violated and are regularly exposed to ill-treatment and violence, unaware of their inherent human rights and the possibilities to exercise them.
International and regional mechanisms affirm that the situation of children in detention is indeed alarming, as states face continuing difficulties in upholding the human rights of children in juvenile justice systems. It is in this light that the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted Resolution No. 2010 (2014) on juvenile justice [...]
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Launch of the Call for a Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty

Global_Study_Launch_13_March_2014_001The launch of the Call for a Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty took place on March 13th, 2014, as the Annual Day on the Rights of the Child came to an end. After a long and engaging work day at the United Nations focused on access to justice for children, including presentations by Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais and expert member of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, Justice Renate Winter, Defence for Children International and other partner organisations organised a formal event at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, which was sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Austria, Ethiopia, Qatar and Uruguay. During this official event, the different state representatives spoke on the importance and necessity to launch a Call for a Global Study that focuses on data acquisition and sharing good practices. The SRSG stated: “We are concerned that children are being detained illegally, arbitrarily and unnecessarily, often at great costs for member states.”
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