The Global Initiative on Justice with Children aims to address the most current issues related to children in contact and conflict with the law. It supports the operational implementation of international laws and standards in order to strengthen child justice worldwide.
With our advocacy activities we aim to:
– Gather policy makers, academics and civil society representatives, with relevant work and influence in Justice for Children, to identify key areas of interest,
– Foster thematic priorities and defining trends related to Justice for Children,
– Formulating action-oriented recommendations
Here is the non-exhaustive list of topics we are currently working on:
CHILD DETENTION DURING THE PANDEMIC
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a global emergency that poses profound social, economic, and political challenges for all countries and across all sectors. In the justice sector, places where children are deprived of liberty in potentially crowded and unsanitary conditions were immediately flagged as high-risk settings where the virus could spread easily, with potentially disastrous results for detainees. Rapid actions have been taken to encourage authorities to accelerate the release of children from custodial settings as a means of protecting them from the virus.
The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic presents extreme risks both to children who are detained and to the institutions responsible for ensuring their safety and well-being.
CHILDREN - NOT TERRORIST!
An estimated 4640 children travelled to Iraq or Syria, either alone or with their families, to join the so-called Islamic State. Since the fall of the terrorist group, many of them live in displacement camps under deplorable conditions. They have not only been victims of recruitment or trafficking, but also witnessed extreme violence and indoctrination. We call on State authorities for an urgent response to guarantee their rights. Regardless of their role, of whether they had been recruited or their parents were involved with ISIL, these children have rights set out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
We call on all authorities to accept their international responsibility for their citizens by repatriating them, especially children. States must facilitate their rehabilitation and recovery. They must ensure that children are not separated from their parents unless it’s in their best interest and that they are never criminalised purely for their association or membership of a terrorist group.