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Tuesday 18th of June 2019

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The IJJO and the REDIM participate in the 4th EU-Mexico Civil Society Seminar on Human Rights

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The International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO) and the Child Rights Network in Mexico (known as REDIM by its Spanish acronym) – a member of the North American Council for Juvenile Justice- actively participated in the 4th EU-Mexico Civil Society (CSO) Seminar, which took place on the 20th of June in Brussels. The situation of children was one of the central themes of the seminar.


The event, which took place in the context of the 6th high level Human Rights Dialogue between Mexico and the EU, was coordinated by the World Organisation against Torture (OMCT) and financed by the European Commission as part of the European External Action Service (EEAS). The seminar was attended by 15 organisations from Mexican civil society as well as 15 European organisations, with the aim of sharing experiences and offering recommendations. Also in attendance were a dozen government representatives who participated as observers during the debates.

The day-long seminar consisted of 5 working tables in which information, experiences and recommendations were exchanged on topics such as the State of Law, arbitrary detentions, repression, enforced disappearances, torture, migrants, refugees, etc.

The situation of children was a key issue throughout both the seminar and during the accompanying events that took place. Issues were tackled such as extrajudicial arrests, both physical and psychological torture, among other acts that violate human rights laws and require a clear legal framework that protects children.

The IJJO used the opportunity to advocate the rights of children in conflict with the law together with the Child Rights Network in Mexico (REDIM), represented during the seminar by its Director, Juan Martín Pérez García. As part of its recommendations, it emphasised the need to favour non-custodial alternatives for children who find themselves in conflict with the law.

In a joint effort, the IJJO reiterated the importance of analysing the technical system's needs in order to ensure the quick and efficient implementation of the National Justice Law for Adolescents in Mexico and the adoption of immediate measures that ensure the protection of juveniles.

It should be noted that as part of this cooperation effort, at the end of 2015, the IJJO assisted the Mexican government in the development of the draft bill of this National Law, through a series of specialised consultations with the Coordination Council’s Technical Secretary for the Implementation of the Criminal Justice System (SETEC- Secretaria Técnica del Consejo de Coordinacion para la Implementacion del Sistema de Justicia Penal). All of this took place as part of the EUROsociAL II program, financed by the European Union.

Similarly, the IJJO and SETEC signed an agreement on institutional cooperation as part of the Regional Seminar on Juvenile Justice, which took place from the 30th of November to the 2nd of December 2015 in Mexico City. This agreement established the formalisation of relations, the planning of research and training activities and the strengthening of public policy within the framework of the National Justice Law for Adolescents in Mexico as well as other government initiatives.

Furthermore, as agreed in Toronto in 2015, the next reunion of the North American Council for Juvenile Justice will take place in Mexico. The IJJO is currently engaged in its preparation.


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