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Juvenile Justice: Death Sentence on Children Violates Their Rights

Speaking at the start of a debate by the Human Rights Council on the rights of the child, Pillay expressed regret that media and public perception that juvenile delinquency is on the increase , was influencing states to enact laws on the treatment of young offenders but which end up violating children’s rights.

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The sentencing of children below the age of 18 to death, life imprisonment without parole and corporal punishment, is a grave violation of the rights of the child, Navi Pillay, the United Nationa Human Rights chief has said.

 

Navi Pillay says close to 90 countries worldwide have legalized corporal punishment including flogging, stoning or amputation as disciplinary measures for crimes committed by children.

 

Speaking at the start of a debate by the Human Rights Council  on the rights of the child, Pillay expressed regret that media and public perception that juvenile delinquency is on the increase , was influencing states to enact laws on the treatment of young offenders but which end up violating children’s rights.

 

The Human rights chief High said young offenders must not be detained unnecessarily for long periods and must be allowed to access to legal counsel.

 

/// Cue in: In every case where a child is deprived of his or her liberty,

Cue out: …shortest appropriate period of time possible./// 

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