A new report by the National Center for Learning Disabilities investigates the overrepresentation of young people with disabilities -and specifically those affecting learning- in the US juvenile justice system, often as a result of school policies that facilitate their transfer from the education system to the criminal justice system. The report highlights statistics which reveal that students with disabilities are three times more likely to be arrested than their non-disabled peers, and are estimated to make up 65%-70% of young people involved with the juvenile justice system.
The Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union has recently published a report which analyses the implementation of Directive (EU) 2016/800 on procedural safeguards for children suspected or accused in criminal proceedings in nine Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Estonia, Italy, Malta, Poland and Portugal.
Manchester Metropolitan University, in collaboration with the Alliance for Youth Justice (AYJ), has developed a series of reports to analyse the unprecedented implications of the COVID-19 health crisis on has had on all stages that make up the juvenile justice system in England and Wales. This initiative has been published over time, with the last of the documents appearing recently.
The International Juvenile Justice Observatory states its support for the prohibition of corporal punishment and for the great work that is being carried out by the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children, which is part of the Global Partnership and Fund for End Violence Against Children. A wide range of activities are carried out through this initiative, specifically designed to catalyse progress towards the universal prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment towards children.
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Human Rights (FRA), the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights have published the second edition of the ‘Handbook on European law relating to the rights of the child’.
Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2022-2027) of the Council of Europe took place in Rome, organised by the Council along with the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers. This new strategy lays out six primary objectives, one of which is “child-friendly justice for all children”. The strategy breaks down a series of key challenges and measures with respect to this objective, both to successfully implement the current standards and to foster new advances in child-friendly justice. Similarly, it also focuses on ways to facilitate the participation of children themselves in this process. The launch event represented a valuable opportunity for numerous high-level representatives of EU Member States and of other international organisations to express their commitment to the Strategy, additionally introducing their respective visions with respect to the implementation of the rights of the child in the next six years. Among the participants there were Ombudspersons, civil society representatives and international experts in this field, as well as young people from different member states of the Council of Europe who had contributed to the preparation of the Strategy.