New global study on children deprived of liberty

Date: 18th September 2019
Category: Restraint, Civil Rights and Freedoms

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The UN General Assembly recently published a report summarising the detailed findings of the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty.

The study, led by independent expert Manfred Nowak, is the first scientific attempt to understand the scale of the situation of children deprived of liberty on a global level. It considers possible root causes, conditions of detention and their harmful impact on the health and development of children.

The study has also identified best practice in non-custodial solutions applied by countries in relation to the following situations:

  • detention of children in the administration of justice
  • children living in prisons with their primary caregivers
  • migration-related detention
  • deprivation of liberty in institutions
  • detention in the context of armed conflict
  • detention on national security grounds.

The study makes recommendations to support countries and the United Nations in their responses to these issues.

  • Access the report here.