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The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (“UNCRC”) is a legally binding international agreement that sets out the civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights of every child, regardless of race, religion or abilities. Two Articles of the UNCRC that are crucial to children in situations where they are alleged to have breached the law, namely Articles 37 and 40 (as summarised below), will provide a platform for discussion for this webinar on right to justice for children.
Article 37 of the UNCRC touches on detention and punishment with regards to children:
- Children who break the law should not be treated cruelly, should not be put in prison with adults, should be able to keep in contact with their families, should not be sentenced to death or life imprisonment without possibility of release. No one is allowed to punish children in a cruel or
Article 40 of the UNCRC provides for procedure on juvenile justice:
- Children who are accused of breaking the law have the right to representation and fair treatment in a justice system that respects their rights. Governments are required to set a minimum age below which children cannot be held criminally responsible, and to provide minimum guarantees for the fairness and quick resolution of judicial or alternative proceedings. All over the world daily we see and read about children coming into conflict with the law and they are children who are not aware of their rights. Often there is a miscarriage of justice. The UNCRC provides for minimal standards of protection for children in conflict with the law.
The objective of this webinar is to discuss the relevant Articles and to examine the path Malaysia has taken to safeguard the rights of its children in this area and briefly discuss the path that other State Parties to the Convention have charted for their most valuable asset — their children.
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