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10.02.04
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OMCT position on children's rights for the 60th session of the CHR

  • Event Date: 10.02.04
  • Event Time: 00:00:00
Children’s rights

Most cases of torture or severe ill-treatment of children dealt with through OMCT’s urgent appeals, as well as its alternative reports to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and its field visits, clearly show that international standards on juvenile justice are hardly implemented worldwide. The implementation of articles 37 and 40 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is monitored once every 5 years by the Committee on the Rights of the Child as part of the overall examination of State Parties reports to the Convention - which usually do not reflect juvenile justice practice, but only refer to legislation. Non-parties to the Convention do not benefit from this monitoring. Other treaty monitoring bodies rarely refer to the specifics of juvenile justice. And there is no UN or other relevant body in charge of guaranteeing the implementation and monitoring of key UN instruments related to juvenile justice (Riyadh guidelines, Beijing Rules, etc.).

Yet, all year long, OMCT’s children’s rights programme has denounced acts of torture or severe threats during police custody, the
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