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Friday, 20 January 2017
Juvenile Justice in the world

In 2012, Sajad Sanjari, a 15-year-old boy at the time of the event, reportedly fatally stabbed a man after this one tried to rape him. Since then, he has been sentenced to death twice. On the 17th of January, as a response to Sajad Sanjari’s sentence, Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, called on the Iranian authorities “not to carry out the apparently imminent execution of Sajad Sanjari” and “to immediately institute a moratorium on the death penalty, amid serious concerns about the continuing high number of executions.”

Wednesday, 11 January 2017
Juvenile Justice in the world

A report commissioned by the UK Ministry of Justice, entitled Review of the Youth Justice System in England and Wales, has recommended that child offenders should receive lifelong anonymity, in order to protect the rehabilitation process and reduce reoffending. 

Friday, 25 November 2016
Justicia Juvenil en el mundo

HM Inspectorate of Prisons has recently published a report on juveniles’ perceptions of their experiences within British detention centres. It covers juveniles aged 12 to 18, in the two main types of UK detention centres: secure training centres (STC) and young offender institutions (YOI).

Friday, 28 October 2016
Juvenile Justice in the world

A global network of NGOs welcomed the appointment of Manfred Nowak as the independent expert who will lead the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty. The Global Study has been under discussion since the adoption of the United Nations General Assembly Child Rights resolution which explicitly requested its commission in December 2014 (A/RES/69/157 para.51.d). The Study is a major enterprise and a key instrument of change which will finally check the status of the human rights of children being detained around the world.

Monday, 10 October 2016
Juvenile Justice in the world
United States

Barack Obama, the President of the United States, proclaimed in a statement on the 30th of September that October is the ‘National Youth Justice Awareness Month’. In this proclamation, Obama highlighted the inequality found within the US youth justice system, as well as the importance of Congress reauthorising the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA)

Monday, 19 September 2016
Juvenile Justice in the world
Australia

Annastacia Palaszczuk, the Premier of Queensland (Australia), announced on the 7th of September that 17 year olds will be removed from adult prisons within a year. Following this announcement, Palaszczuk’s Government has stated that it shall present a bill to parliament in the next few days putting this into effect. 

Friday, 16 September 2016
Juvenile Justice in the world
United States

Two recently published reports seek to examine the treatment of girls and LGBTQ Youth respectively in the US justice system. The reports study the specific issues that affect these groups with the aim of providing data and recommendations in order to create awareness and promote tailored strategies. 

Monday, 29 August 2016
Juvenile Justice in the world
Brazil

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez urged Brazilian legislators not to proceed with a constitutional amendment that would lower the age of criminal responsibility from 18 to 16 years of age when these adolescents are accused of ‘heinous crimes’, such as murder. 

Friday, 19 August 2016
Juvenile Justice in the world
Australia

Pressure is mounting on the state of Queensland to change laws allowing 17 year old offenders to be kept in adult correctional facilities. Currently, Queensland is the only Australian state that holds 17 year olds in adult prisons. It is estimated that 40-50 17 year olds are currently imprisoned in such facilities. This reform proposal is supported by the state’s law bodies, as well the Human Rights Commission and the United Nations.

Friday, 12 August 2016
Juvenile Justice in the world
Iran

Despite being a member of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, on the 18th July Iran executed a teenager by hanging for the rape of another boy. This execution shows yet again Iran's disregard for the international standards of the United Nations. Amnesty International, which regularly carries out research on juveniles in death row in Iran, denounced the execution on its website.



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