The International Secretariat of Defence for Children International (DCI-IS), in collaboration with the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), is carrying out a project aiming at contributing to improving the situation of children in the justice systems of Switzerland and around the world. The project, made possible by the financial support of Loterie Romande, started in September 2014 and it will continue until end of August 2016.

The main objectives of the project are:

  • Awareness-raising concerning violence in justice systems, and especially in detention, amongst governments, civil society, and society at large.

o  Organising seminars and conferences together with academic institutions from the French-speaking part of Switzerland, featuring speakers from academia and professionals in the field of child rights;

o    Publishing and disseminating newsletters on children in conflict with the law;

o    Organising and supporting the awareness-raising and lobbying campaign of the Call for a Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty.

  • Capacity-building for representatives of DCI’s national sections and the SOS-Torture network concerning the functioning of UN human rights mechanisms, especially those that concern the rights of the child and violence against children.

o   Updating content on the DCI website and its other social media pages to disseminate information concerning the rights of children deprived of liberty;

o   Organising training session for DCI national sections and the SOS-Torture network in Geneva

  • Lobbying and advocacy on different levels in order to ensure that Juvenile Justice Systems are respectful of the rights of the child.

o   Making statements and recommendations during sessions of the Human Rights Council;

o   Organising meetings with members of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Committee Against Torture;

o   Organising side-events to the Human Rights Council on the issue of torture of children deprived of liberty.

o   Taking part in several child rights networks, such as the Interagency Panel on Juvenile Justice (IPJJ);