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Wednesday 23rd of May 2018

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European Commissioner for Human Rights calls on bill proposing to send children to ordinary courts in Italy

Thursday 1st of June 2017
Juvenile Justice in the world

On May 9th, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, Nils Muižnieks addressed a letter to the President of the Italian Senate, Pietro Grasso, expressing his concerns regarding the bill on the efficiency of civil judicial proceedings. 

This bill plans to transfer juvenile justice competencies from specialised to ordinary courts which, according to Mr. Muižnieks, would “lead to a dilution of the capacity of the judges and prosecutors to pay adequate and specific attention to children’s needs.”

In his letter, the European Commissioner furthermore recalls that the “primary aim of juvenile justice is to ensure the protection of the rights of children who come into contact with judicial authorities [and that,] the ability to take into account the child’s best interests in a comprehensive manner can easily be lost if highly specialised services are merged within the ordinary justice system.”

The IJJO shares the European Commissioner’s concerns regarding the protection of children’s rights in Italy’s justice system. A distinct juvenile justice system, with specialised services and professionals, is key in order to fully address the needs of the children involved.

Photo: Council of Europe.

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