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November 2014 - October 2016 - Europe Good practices, Justice, Juvenile, Measures, Protection, Public policies, Restorative, Rights, Systems, Victims

The project ‘REVIJ - Reparation to the Victim in the European Juvenile Justice Systems: Comparative Analysis and Transfer of Best Practices’ aims to conduct a comparative of the measures provided for victims in the European juvenile justice systems, focusing on analyzing two aspects:

First, if these measures provided for victims comply with Directive 2012/29/EU of the European Parliament and of The Council, of 25 October 2012, in establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime.

Second, the practices that are carried out in restorative services within the juvenile justice field, and the type of guarantees they offer to victims.

You can access the web section here.

September 2015 - September 2016 Kenya - Africa Human Rights, Violation

Kenya has ratified all of the key international human rights treaties guaranteeing the respect of human rights within detention facilities. It also enshrined most of the key global human rights principles within its 2010 Constitution. However, despite the presence of a fairly comprehensive legislative framework, implementation of human rights enforcement mechanisms remains poor in Kenya. This poor implementation increases the likelihood of human rights violations within Kenyan correctional facilities.

Within this context, the project ‘Strengthening Human Rights within Correctional Facilities in Kenya’ aims to eradicate all forms of human rights violations within detention and custodial facilities in Kenya.

Utilising the wide experience of the project coordinator, the European Committee for Training and Agriculture (CEFA), and the other partners from the justice administration and penal reform sector in Kenya, the project intends to protect detainees’ human rights by promoting policy dialogue, advocacy and support of Kenyan Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) to ensure effective law enforcement. The project addresses the issues of delayed reforms and fragmented intervention by strengthening the HRDs’ role and their coordination with different authorities through an inter-agency approach, alongside improving monitoring processes in correctional facilities. The Justice System’s National Plan on Human Rights and its policy and advocacy components have supported systemic and integrated coordination among the main HRDs, dealing with administration of justice in Kenya and spearheading the actual implementation of existing delayed reforms.

As a project partner, the IJJO has published an analysis of human rights violations within correctional facilities in Kenya, titled 'Human Rights and Deprivation of Liberty in Kenya: An analysis of the human rights’ situation and guidelines for an internal monitoring system'. Within the framework of this publication, the IJJO has also developed guidelines on best practice of monitoring and reporting human rights violations, created in the course of the project within Kenyan detention facilities. The main purpose of this publication is to provide evidence-based recommendations on human rights protection and violation prevention. This aims not only to support the implementation of the project itself, but also to support institutional authorities, policy makers and practitioners in the construction of evidence-based action plans and the establishment of effective monitoring and reporting systems.

Download the report: 'Human Rights and Deprivation of Liberty in Kenya'

May 2014 - May 2016 - Europe Adolescent, Child, Education, Protection, Rights, Victims

Participation in legal proceedings places children at high risk of victimisation. Research from SAPI (Social Activities and Practices Institute – Bulgaria) showed that children are repeatedly interviewed about the same subject by police officers, social workers, investigators, experts, judges, etc., most of which have little child-oriented knowledge, and are not capable of correctly interrogating children. Medical examinations are still conducted without consideration for the child’s specific needs, which carries a high risk for secondary victimisation, especially in sexual abuse cases. Overall, research shows that child victims or witnesses of crime’s rights to information, accompaniment and support are not at all guaranteed.

The project aims to improve the situation of child victims or witnesses of crime in legal proceedings through an integrated approach. In support of programme priority “Supporting victims of crime”, the project promotes the use of the 2012 Directive on minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime, “in order to improve mutual trust with the view to ensuring protection of rights of victims and of the accused”.

The project's final outcome is the production of a detailed model for multidisciplinary needs assessment and, on this basis, the development of an integrated approach for guaranteeing the child’s rights and best interests during their involvement in legal proceedings.

The target groups are:

1) Professionals involved in criminal procedures (police, prosecutors, judges) in Bulgaria, France, Italy and Romania, who will take part in educational activities to improve their attitudes and their capacity for guaranteeing the child’s rights in a multidisciplinary manner.

2) Professionals from the system of child protection; social service providers; forensic medicine specialists providing expertise and psycho-therapeutic support to child victims of crime in Bulgaria and France; and state policy makers, who will be introduced to an integrated approach to assessing and responding to the needs of children involved in criminal proceedings.

The project is scheduled to last 24 months. It started in May 2014 and will end in May 2016.

To access the project's web section, click here

February 2013 - February 2016 - European Union

Understanding recidivism, namely its continuity, change and cessation, can translate into important knowledge for the development of approaches focused on desistance, meaning the interruption, the decrease or the end of a delinquent career. Recidivism and desistance are therefore two associated concepts, and from this relationship could result important contributions to interventions with young offenders.

The “Reincidências - Young offenders recidivism and prevention of delinquency” project is coordinated by the Portuguese Youth Justice’s Probation Services (Direcção-Geral de Reinserção Social - DGRS). The project aims to create and implement a technical and methodological support device to enhance the work of this institution, systematically collecting data and carrying out studies to estimate young offender’s recidivism, as well as the effectiveness of the juvenile justice system in preventing crime.

Based on research methods used in the social sciences, the project is fundamentally based on two assumptions:

- That the reduction of recidivism and social adjustment levels are the most important indicators for evaluating the effectiveness of intervention within the juvenile justice system.

- That the evaluation of risk and the protection of factors associated with recidivism, with the aim of preventing re-offence, are of the utmost importance.

 

PLEASE GO TO THE OFFICIAL REINCIDENCIAS WEBSECTION FOR MORE CONTENT REGARDING OUTPUTS, EVENTS, ETC.

 
February 2014 - February 2016 - European Union Justice, Juvenile

The priority addressed by J.O.D.A project is Priority E – improving conditions relating to detention. In specific, it aims to identify good practice in alternative detention measures addressed to juvenile offenders inserted in the juvenile justice system taking into account these two key elements: the need of security coming from media and social society; the youth’s right to rehabilitation and re-inclusion.

The general approach of the project intends to assume the mutual learning and the close cooperation between partners at European and national level as critical success factor for the implementation of the activities. The methodology that will be used in developing different WPS will focus firstly on a desk and benchmarking analysis of the different contexts and legal frameworks in the involved Member States in relation to detention alternatives targeted to Juvenile in conflict with the law.

 

Please go to the J.O.D.A web section for further information about this project, clicking this link. 

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