Uruguay
Founded in 1995

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Fields of Intervention:

DCI-Uruguay was created in Uruguay in order to promote and defend children’s rights. To this end, several actions are undertaken in the following priority issues:

  • Juvenile Justice ( minimum age of responsibility)
  • Socio Educative Measures as alternative to deprivation of liberty
  • Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
  • Child Poverty
  • Child Participation
  • Access to Education and Human Rights in centers of detention
  • Situation of children on detention
  • Institutional Violence, including torture and ill-treatment

Current Activities and Projects/Programmes:

In recent years 2013-2014, DCI-Uruguay has carried out inter alia the following activities:

  • Promote a campaign against the Plebiscite of October 2014 in which the Government of Uruguay aimed to decrease the age of criminal responsibility to 16 years ( by directing persons under the age of 18 to the adult criminal system), an issue that is against the CRC and the art. 74 lit. B of the Code on Children and Adolescents. The huge problem of the lack of public safety in Uruguay, leads to create an imaginary responsibility of the adolescents, causing a social chaos and a situation that needs urgent remedies.
  • Promotion of the Direct Application of Noncustodial measures in cases stemming from the judiciary, with the focus on achieving the effective change of the situation and to be able to support political advocacy in a regional and International level.
  • Alongside with numerous organisations of the civil society and the National Institution of Human Rights in Uruguay, DCI Uruguay denounced the conditions on detention of children and adolescents, the ill-treatment and torture held in the centers of the SIRPA (System of Criminal Responsibility). This system created by Law 18771 in 2011, has, since then, aggravated the situation of those children and adolescents in conflict with the law, using the custodial measures as precautionary measures. Not only the CAT has pointed out these violations of human rights, but also the special rapporteur Nowak highlighted them in his report. The problem here, as Nowak stated, is that the ones in charge of provide legal support to complaints arisen, are the ones who belong to those reported institutions. Those centers violate the right to dignity, integrity, education, recreation, culture and participation of those children and adolescents incarcerated.

Success Stories/Testimonials:

Case of Nicolas in June 2014: A mother of an adolescent of 16 years denounced the ill treatment and torture that his son was suffering in the detention center, and after his testimony in a public media channel, he was threatened and beaten. Thanks to the media, there are more acknowledgements of these phenomena, thanks to the given visibility to these problems that were previously covered and therefore, invisible, problems in which the torture and ill- treatment as well as collective sanctions and severe overcrowding are usual in the detention centers in Uruguay.

Reports/Publications:

  • Informe de Procedimientos Infraccionales de Adolescentes. Indicadores sobre Procesos concluidos en el 2013.
  • Informe 2014 sobre Medios de Comunicación y Justicia Pensar Juvenil por Gianella Bardazano. URUGUAY: Violencia en los sistemas penales juveniles y el papel de los medios de comunicación. Presentación de un caso emblemático.
  • Monitoring Report on Juvenile Justice in Latin America