Children’s rights behind bars

The common report of the European project, “Children’s rights behind bars. Human rights of children deprived of liberty: improving monitoring mechanisms” is designed to draw together the data from the national research that was conducted by partner States to demonstrate the different monitoring and complaint models. The data illustrates the advantages and disadvantages of the different systems,and gives indicative trends. All data included in this report is the result of the international work carried out by the following partners:

AUSTRIA – Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights
BELGIUM – Defence for Children International (DCI)
ESTONIA – Institute of Sociology and Social Policy. University of Tartu
FRANCE – Defence for Children International (DCI)
IRELAND – Irish Penal Reform Trust
ITALY – Defence for Children International (DCI)
LATVIA – Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Latvia
POLAND – Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights
REPUBLIC OF SERBIA – Child Rights Centre
ROMANIA – Research Centre CICOP. West University in Timisoara
SPAIN – Proyecto Solidario
THE NETHERLANDS – Defence for Children International (DCI)
UNITED KINGDOM – The Howard League for Penal Reform

The results of the research are published in the national reports available on the website of the project:

The main aim of this report is to assist the project coordination team, to make the link between the national research and the European practical Guide by using practical information gathered through national research to feed the Guide with best practices that can be inspiring and, to identify major or recurring problems.
This common report has to be read and interpreted in the light of the core principles of the CRC, namely the best interest of the Child, his/her protection and participation without any discrimination, and in compliance with the relevant international and European legal framework. Moreover, it is worth highlighting that the implementation of any monitoring and complaint mechanisms needs to follow the spirit of a child-friendly justice and specifically needs to comply with the Guidelines on child-friendly justice adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 17 November 2010.

To read the full report, click here

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