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Juvenile Justice Network’s Letters Campaign for the Extension of Juvenile Justice System Ordinance 2000 to PATA

Thursday 29th of April 2004 | National, Pakistan
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Peshawar: Juvenile Justice Network NWFP has called upon the Governor NWFP Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah to extend the Juvenile Justice System Ordinance 2000 to PATA (Provincially Administered Tribal Areas). According to a letter sent to Governor NWFP by Arshad Mahmood Coordinator JJN NWFP; the Government of Pakistan introduced JJSO (Juvenile Justice System Ordinance 2000) on July 01, 2000 to protect and promote the rights of all under 18 children who come into conflict with the law.

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Juvenile Justice Network’s Letters Campaign for the Extension of Juvenile Justice System Ordinance 2000 to PATA

Peshawar: Juvenile Justice Network NWFP has called upon the Governor NWFP Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah to extend the Juvenile Justice System Ordinance 2000 to PATA (Provincially Administered Tribal Areas). According to a letter sent to Governor NWFP by Arshad Mahmood Coordinator JJN NWFP; the Government of Pakistan introduced JJSO (Juvenile Justice System Ordinance 2000) on July 01, 2000 to protect and promote the rights of all under 18 children who come into conflict with the law. On May 09, 2002 the Government of NWFP notified rules under the JJSO; subsequently, the Peshawar High Court designated the District and Sessions Courts as Juvenile Courts in the whole Province.

Tragically however, the children living in PATA and FATA remain deprived of the relief offered by the JJSO, as the law does not extend to these tribal areas. Such a deprivation is unjust and discriminatory; and the JJN accordingly requests the Governor to take urgent steps to extend all the provisions of the JJSO to PATA. Such an action will help the release of many under 18 children; will expedite the bails of many others; and will result in abolishing of death penalty to all under 18 children says the press release of the JJN NWFP.
The proposed step will not entail any expenses on the part of the Government but in fact will help in savings, as many inmates would be released from prisons. The extension of JJSO will also go a long way in protecting child rights in these tribal areas and will ensure children from these areas equal rights according to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. According to the press release issued by Mr. Arshad Mahmood of Juvenile Justice Network NWFP the Network has started a campaign against child imprisonment and letters would be sent to the Governor for the extension of the JJSO 2000 to PATA and FATA from all over the Province.

Arshad Mahmood
Coordinator


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