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11th European Forum on the rights of the child discusses children deprived of liberty and alternatives to detention

Tuesday 21st of November 2017
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The annual European Forum on the rights of the child organised by the European Commission took place on 7th – 8th November 2017 in Brussels to discuss children deprived of their liberty and alternatives to detention. The Forum gathered various organisations, practitioners, academics and institutions from the EU, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the Western Balkans. The IJJO was represented by director Raquel Jiménez Martos. 


Tiina Astola, Director-General of the European Commission, gave the opening presentation to the two-day event, while subsequent sessions were moderated by other members of the European Commission.

On the first day of the forum, there was a session on EU and international commitments on children deprived of liberty, which included interventions by Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children, as well as the co-chairs of the Child Rights Intergroup in the European Parliament, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt and Caterina Chinnici, among other prominent professionals. It also included testimonies from young people who have experienced a form of detention.

On the second day of the forum, four parallel sessions were given on the following forms of detention: children in conflict with the law, children in the context of migration, children in institutions and children of parents in prison.

This event was carried out in the context of the forthcoming UN Global study on children deprived of liberty, which was introduced in the conference by Prof. Manfred Nowak, independent expert in charge of its coordination. The Global Study intends to comprehensively collect data and statistics on the number and situation of children in detention, share good practices, and formulate recommendations for law, policy and practice to safeguard the rights of children concerned.

For more information on the 11th European Forum and to watch webstreams from the event, click here

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