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The IJJO marks the Human Rights Day: “Children’s Rights and Justice: How to use recent UN initiatives to improve juvenile justice?”

Thursday 20th of December 2012
IJJO Day by Day

The Human Rights Day is arguably the most widely-celebrated event related to the promotion of human rights in the world. The date has been chosen more than 60 years ago to mark the historical adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on 10th December 1948. Having been drafted by representatives coming from all regions of the world, the UNDHR is rightly considered to be the most universal document known until now.

It has been adopted by virtually all states and enshrines a broad range of fundamental human rights which have been accepted as inherent to all human beings. It symbolizes the commitments that international community and individual governments have assumed towards its own citizens. It has further provided the foundational basis of all subsequent international and regional human rights instruments, including the ones relating to the protection of children and administration of justice.


The IJJO echoes the celebration of the UN Human Rights Day while once again raising awareness on the rights of young offenders. On this occasion, this year, the IJJO has organized a Seminar in its Headquarters, in Belgium, with the topic “Children´s Rights and Justice: How to use recent UN initiatives to improve juvenile justice?”, thanks to the support of the Criminal Justice Programme of the European Union. Mrs Anita Goh, co-chair of the International Coalition to Ratify the Third Optional Protocol to the UN CRC on a Communications Procedure - Providing children with a complaints mechanisms at the International level, was one of the speakers invited by the IJJO. The objective was to highlight the fact that United Nations has adopted several resolutions, which directly or indirectly affect the rights and daily lives of children in contact with the law. This Seminar has focused on the discussion of three legal instruments relating to the protection of young delinquents: The Third Optional Protocol to the CRC; The HRC Omnibus Resolution 19/37 on the Rights of the Child; and the General Assembly resolution on the Human Rights in the administration of justice.


Finally, the IJJO would like to remind that human rights are both an entitlement and a responsibility, and requires the full efforts of a variety of stakeholders in order to be effective, and thus real.

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