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DCI presents submission to the UN for the 2014 Report on Access to Justice

This September, DCI presented a comprehensive submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) report detailing the work of Socio-Legal Defence Centres through its various National Sections. This report was called by Resolution 22/32 of the Human Rights Council in 2013. DCI, in this submission, explains how  these centres “pursue a unique multidisciplinary, comprehensive and child-centered approach, simultaneously providing direct legal and medical assistance to children, as well as reinforcing the social fabric by working on children’s rights in general.” Attempting to promote and protect the rights of the child as promulgated in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), these centres provide valuable assistance to children at risk of abuse in judicial systems. In addition to legal representation and referrals to other social provisions, these centres “offer immediate help in the form of shelter and medical treatment.”

Along with aiding children whose human rights are at risk of violation, these centres seek to spread awareness regarding juvenile justice issues and ultimately reform the unjust aspects of legal systems. DCI’s Defence Centres “advocate a systemic training in children’s rights for professionals such as judges, police officers, lawyers, civil servants and community leaders.”

Further work of DCI that has helped to promote juvenile justice reform is manifested in the document “The Guidelines on Action of Children in the Justice system in Africa,” drafted with input from DCI and the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF). The document, which provides recommendations for  juvenile justice reform, was adopted by the African Committee of Experts of the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) of the African Union (AU).

The adoption of these documents highlights the valuable work DCI plays in shifting the framework of juvenile justice from harmful, ignorant practices, towards education of children’s’ needs and harmonization with the CRC. As demonstrated in its recent work, DCI is committed to promoting Child Friendly Justice Systems worldwide.

 

The complete report of the OHCHR will be available online on the official website in 2014.

 

DCI presents submission to the UN for the 2014 Report on Access to Justice

This September, DCI presented a comprehensive submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) report detailing the work of Socio-Legal Defence Centres through its various National Sections. This report was called by Resolution 22/32 of the Human Rights Council in 2013. DCI, in this submission, explains how  these centres “pursue a unique multidisciplinary, comprehensive and child-centered approach, simultaneously providing direct legal and medical assistance to children, as well as reinforcing the social fabric by working on children’s rights in general.” Attempting to promote and protect the rights of the child as promulgated in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), these centres provide valuable assistance to children at risk of abuse in judicial systems. In addition to legal representation and referrals to other social provisions, these centres “offer immediate help in the form of shelter and medical treatment.”

Along with aiding children whose human rights are at risk of violation, these centres seek to spread awareness regarding juvenile justice issues and ultimately reform the unjust aspects of legal systems. DCI’s Defence Centres “advocate a systemic training in children’s rights for professionals such as judges, police officers, lawyers, civil servants and community leaders.”

Further work of DCI that has helped to promote juvenile justice reform is manifested in the document “The Guidelines on Action of Children in the Justice system in Africa,” drafted with input from DCI and the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF). The document, which provides recommendations for  juvenile justice reform, was adopted by the African Committee of Experts of the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) of the African Union (AU). Additionally, the Council of Europe (CoE) has recently adopted “Guidelines on child-friendly justice,” a document written with support from DCI.

The adoption of these documents highlights the valuable work DCI plays in shifting the framework of juvenile justice from harmful, ignorant practices, towards education of children’s’ needs and harmonization with the CRC. As demonstrated in its recent work, DCI is committed to promoting Child Friendly Justice Systemsworldwide.

The complete report of the OHCHR will be available online on the official website in 2014 ( www.ohchr.org )