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The IJJO participated in Fundamental Rights Agency´s Annual Conference

Thursday 27th of December 2012
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As a member of the FRA´s Fundamental Rights Platform, the IJJO had the chance to take part at the Conference of the Agency organized under the auspices of the President of the European Parliament, Mr. Jerzy Buzek, during 6th-7th December in Brussels.


The Conference was themed “Justice in austerity-challenges and opportunities for access to justice” and analyzed the effects of the economic crisis on judicial systems and on the right of access to justice as also enshrined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. It further explored the possible ways to address  the challenge of providing effective justice with limited resources and emphasized that citizen´s right to redress should not fall victim of financial cuts. The topic is in line with the theme of the 5th IJJO International Conference “Criminality or social exclusion? Justice for Children in a Divided World”, held in London, in November 2012.

 

The IJJO Conference explored the effects of the financial crisis on juvenile justice and owing to the experts participating in it, has provided a valuable input to this topic.  Particular attention was paid to the rights of the most vulnerable segments of society, such as children in conflict with the law, stressing the usefulness of diversion from the juvenile justice system, providing alternative measures and personalized approach. 

 

The IJJO will follow up this working line through its European Council for Juvenile Justice and by drafting a White Paper regarding the implications of the economic crisis in relation to juvenile justice. The aim is to respond adequately to new social and political phenomena, most of all, and to be adaptable and determined to make a change, while not compromising fundamental rights of the youths involved.

 

Within the context of the relations of the IJJO with the Fundamental Rights Agency, one of the members of the European Council for Juvenile Justice, Ms Maija Gellin, Director of National Programme for School Mediation and Restorative Approaches in Education (VERSO), and Board Member of Finnish Forum for Mediation (FFM), Finland, took part in the workshop “Towards effective mediation policy making” at the FRA Conference.

 

The IJJO was glad to take part in the process of exchange of information and further strengthen its role as an advocate of the rights of young offenders.


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