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Monday 24th of June 2019

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The International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO) constitutes a permanent international virtual space that serves as a point of encounter for the work and reflection of professionals, administrations and organizations involved in the field of juvenile justice. In different countries it enhances global, national and local analyses of the phenomenon, analysing the different ways in which young people come into conflict with the law, examining not only the aspects that these manifestations have in common, but also the way in which the causes of the phenomenon differ.

The organization of events, seminars, workshops, courses and the participation in international and European programmes allow the dissemination of relevant information, experience, works and materials that have been produced as a result of initiatives taken by the Observatory, or by individuals or bodies working independently of it.

IJJO Events and Programmes

October 2012 Argentina Adolescent, Infancy, Rights

From the 15th to the 19th October 2012, the city of San Juan (Argentina), hosted  the V World Congress "Children, Adolescents and Social Change." This international meeting brought together experts from different disciplines in order to discuss  on the situation of children and adolescents in the process of social change, and the effect that familial, institutional and legal environment have on them.

The V World Congress was attended by more than 10,000 participants and gathered specialists from academia, along with representatives of United Nations agencies such as the Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue and the Vice-President of the Committee for the Rights of the Child, Pilar Nores. In addition, Cristina Goñi, Secretary General of the IJJO, had the opportunity to participate as a speaker on the panel "Access to Justice" together with, among others, Gabriel Lerner, National Secretary for Children, Youth and Families Argentina (SENAF) and José Miguel Proboste, representative of the National Youth Service of Chile (SENAME).

October 2012 Cyprus Delinquency, Infancy, Intervention, Juvenile, Prevention
ENOC 16th Annual Conference and General Assembly in Cyprus

In October 10th -12th, the ENOC organized its annual conference entitled “Juvenile Delinquency – Child Friendly Justice, Structures and Processes for Prevention and Intervention” in Nicosia - Cyprus, dealing with current issues within juvenile justice.

The European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC) is a not-for-profit association of independent children’s rights institutions (ICRIs). Its mandate is to facilitate the promotion and protection of the rights of children, as formulated in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. By 2012 it had grown to include 41 institutions in 32 countries within the Council of Europe, 22 of which EU countries.

September 2012 Adolescent, Child, Cooperation to development, Law

The IIN is the specialized organization of the OAS in the field of childhood and adolescence. It assists OAS states in developing public policies and contributes to their design and implementation from the perspective of the promotion, protection and respect of rights of children and adolescents in the region.
As a result of their good relationship in recent years, as well as the mutual lines of action and priorities in the field of improving the situation of Latin-American children in situation of social exclusion and in conflict with law, this July, the Inter-American Children´s Institute (IIN) and the International Juvenile Justice Observatory decided to formalize their relationship. Thus, they established common points of development activities focused on the professional training in juvenile justice, the investigation of the phenomenon of juvenile delinquency and the regional legislative framework, among others. The cooperation agreement between the two entities was signed by their legal representatives, María de los Dolores Aguilar Marmolejo (Director General of the Inter-American Children's Institute) and Cristina Goñi (Secretary General of the IJJO).

September 2012 Bangladesh Child, Human Rights, Minors, Protection, Work

On September 18th-19th, The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) organized a two day-long seminar in cooperation with UNDP, DANIDA, SIDA and SDC in Bangladesh dealing with the topic “Child Protection, Compliance of CRC and Child Labour”.

At the inauguration of the seminar the Foreign Minister Dr. Dipu Moni, the guest of honour, said that “The UPR process is a global exercise and a new concept for Bangladesh”. She also stressed that Bangladesh has made good progress towards achieving the commitments made in 2009 at the Geneva Conference. The special guest Mr. Neal Walker, the United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representation in Bangladesh, added that even thought there is still much work to be done to implement the recommendations, Bangladesh has accepted 35 of 42 received recommendations to improve protection and promotion of human rights. 

September 2012 Peru Criminal, Reform

Cristina Goñi, Secretary General of the IJJO, was invited as a panelist to Peru to participate in conferences and seminars related to Juvenile Justice. She also had the opportunity to meet with legal and prison actors, as well as visit some universities in Peru.
The International Conference "Criminal policy and prison reform in the framework of a democratic and inclusive government" took place on 13th and 14th September in Peru. The conference was held by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights in Peru (MINJUS) in relation to its proposed reform and modernization project of the national criminal policy. The Secretary General of the IJJO, Cristina Goñi, participated in this meeting, where she had the opportunity to meet stakeholders and participate in events organized by the National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (Devida) and the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP).

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