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Guide: Access to justice for violations of children’s rights in care institutions

Thursday 23rd of March 2017
Juvenile Justice in the world

On March 23rd , the Child Rights International Network (CRIN) released a guide entitled 'When the State doesn’t care', detailing the legal and practical tools available to get redress for violations of children's rights in care institutions in Eastern and Southeastern Europe and the Caucasus. It follows on CRIN’s global report on access to justice for children, published in 2016.


Many reports have documented the neglect and abuse that children still face in care institutions across many countries. This guide provides the access to justice options available in 11 countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine.

The guide analyses national, regional and international law, and compiles the redress mechanisms available to victims of rights violations while in state care and after leaving these institutions.

Among the many factors that explain why the abuse continues, CRIN points out the need for legal and policy reform, accountability and human rights education.

The IJJO welcomes this guide and its aim to bring access to justice to those children that find themselves in very vulnerable situations when placed in institutional care. When these institutions fail those who are most in need of their protection, tools such as this guide can help both the victims and the professionals that work in favour of them. 


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