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Tuesday 18th of February 2020

What we do

The International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO) constitutes a permanent international virtual space that serves as a point of encounter for the work and reflection of professionals, administrations and organizations involved in the field of juvenile justice. In different countries it enhances global, national and local analyses of the phenomenon, analysing the different ways in which young people come into conflict with the law, examining not only the aspects that these manifestations have in common, but also the way in which the causes of the phenomenon differ.

The organization of events, seminars, workshops, courses and the participation in international and European programmes allow the dissemination of relevant information, experience, works and materials that have been produced as a result of initiatives taken by the Observatory, or by individuals or bodies working independently of it.

IJJO Events and Programmes

March 2012 Switzerland Human Rights, Street child, Work

‘Investing in children in street situations is essential to building a society that respects human dignity, because every child counts’, it is stated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) during the Nineteenth Session of The Human Rights Council. The IJJO welcomes the OHCHR latest report, supporting the action to analyze the circumstances of children working and/or living on the streets. Indeed, it is showed that ‘the actual number of children who depend on the streets for their survival and development is not well determined and fluctuates according to socio-economic, political and cultural conditions’. This report reviews the causes that lead children to the street and the challenges they face in their everyday lives. Moreover, it recognises that before reaching the streets, children will have experienced multiple deprivations and violations of their rights.

March 2012 Rights

The IJJO has been working together with the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) since 2010 to promote children’s rights within the EU, in particular those of the children and youngsters at risk of social exclusion or in conflict with the law. Recently in 2012, the IJJO has officially become member of the Fundamental Rights Platform, after the approval of its application to participate in this network. After the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty containing the Charter of Fundamental Rights, the EU made a step towards the reorganization of its activities in the field of human rights and citizenship policies. One of those was the establishment in 2007, so even before entering of the Treaty into force, of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). The FRA became an advisory body of the European Union and since then plays an important role in the institutional enhancement of human rights in Europe by providing specialized rights assessments to governments and conducting dialogue with the civil society organizations. In particular, the Agency recognises and values the important role that civil society organisations are playing across the EU and thus has established the FRA NGO Platform. The Platform provides a space inside the agency to gather relevant information from NGOs and stakeholders. 

March 2012 Switzerland Health, Mental, Minors, Offenders

During the 19th Session of the Human Rights Council, the IJJO participated in the annual full-day meeting on the rights of the child, held in Geneva on the 8th of March. As a conclusion of the Mental Health Resources for Young Offenders (MHYO) Publications, the Observatory delivered an oral statement on the mental health situation of children deprived of their liberty as well as on pretrial detention, in collaboration with Open Society Justice Initiative and Penal Reform International.

March 2012 Germany Health, Mental, Offenders

By making the voice of professionals, experts and stakeholders on young offenders with mental health issues echo in the international agenda, the IJJO promotes and develops several advocacy activities to further bring this subject out which requires a holistic and integrated approach to ensure consistent and continuing care and treatment. In this sense, the last month of March 2012 in Berlin, the IJJO had the opportunity to eagerly participate during the 3rd Congress of the 'European Association for Forensic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychology' and present the results of the MHYO PROJECT – ‘European comparative analysis and transfer of knowledge on mental health resources for young offenders’. Moreover, the IJJO supports and welcome the initiative of the EFCAP to become an umbrella organization with worldwide members involve in the assessment and treatment of children and young people with mental health issues.

February 2012 France Child, Freedom, Rights

Last February, the International Juvenile Justice Observatory had the opportunity to share its views and expertise on the situation faced by children held in detention by taking part in an internal seminar conjointly organized by the Council of Europe and the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT).

As a matter of fact, both entities decided to pay close attention to children in detention by organizing a seminar at the Council of Europe’s premises on February 23rd, 2012. Representatives of the Children’s Rights Division of the Council of Europe as well as members of the CPT took part in this meeting and cordially invited representatives of the civil society.

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