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International justice for children

International justice for children (2009)

ISBN 978-92-871-6534-3
Type of document : Book
Format : Paper
Size : 16 x 24 cm
Language : English
Number of pages : 154

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International justice for children

International justice for children

Children's rights have gained greater global visibility through the almost universal ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Treaty bodies for other international and regional instruments, which cover the rights of "everyone", including children, are giving increasing attention to children's rights. In the same vein, human rights mechan¬isms, including regional ones such as the European Court of Human Rights, the European Committee of Social Rights and the Inter-American Commission and Court, have become more sensitive to children's rights.With this increasing visibility comes the recognition that children in every country of the world suffer widespread and often severe breaches of the full range of their rights - civil, political, economic, social and cultural. In many cases, children do not have adequate or realistic remedies for breaches of their rights at national level. Seeking remedy through inter¬national and regional human rights mechanisms, though on the increase, is not well-developed.International justice for children discusses the principles of child-friendly justice at international level and examines monitoring mechanisms and current systems of admissibility, determining how easy or difficult it is for children to gain access to them. This publication also identifies the obstacles to be overcome and proposes concrete ways to remove them through specific recommendations to governments, international organisations and monitoring bodies.This work is a solid contribution to making international justice acces¬sible, friendly and meaningful to children, thus ensuring that children's rights safeguarded by conventions are concrete and not just theoretical.

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Children's rights have gained greater global visibility through the almost universal ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Treaty bodies for other international and regional instruments, which cover the rights of "everyone", including children, are giving increasing attention to children's rights. In the same vein, human rights mechan¬isms, including regional ones such as the European Court of Human Rights, the European Committee of Social Rights and the Inter-American Commission and Court, have become more sensitive to children's rights.With this increasing visibility comes the recognition that children in every country of the world suffer widespread and often severe breaches of the full range of their rights - civil, political, economic, social and cultural. In many cases, children do not have adequate or realistic remedies for breaches of their rights at national level. Seeking remedy through inter¬national and regional human rights mechanisms, though on the increase, is not well-developed.International justice for children discusses the principles of child-friendly justice at international level and examines monitoring mechanisms and current systems of admissibility, determining how easy or difficult it is for children to gain access to them. This publication also identifies the obstacles to be overcome and proposes concrete ways to remove them through specific recommendations to governments, international organisations and monitoring bodies.This work is a solid contribution to making international justice acces¬sible, friendly and meaningful to children, thus ensuring that children's rights safeguarded by conventions are concrete and not just theoretical.

Foreword

Preface

First part - Milestones in international justice for children
The European Convention on Human Rights and children's rights
The protection of children's rights through the European Social Charter
The United Nations monitoring bodies and the protection of children's rights
International law and children's rights: a critical review and a wish list

Second part - Access of children to international justice
Improving children's access to the European Court of Human Rights
Access of children to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Access of children to the African human rights protection system
Implementation of international standards and decisions at national level - the role of ombudspersons

Third part - Towards a child-friendly justice
Child participation and access to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
Children and the courts - children's testimony in judicial proceedings affecting them
The principles of child-friendly justice at national level
The principles of child-friendly justice at international level
Making international and regional human rights complaints / communications mechanisms child-friendly

Conclusion

Selected conventions and adopted texts - Council of Europe

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