In judicial proceedings, the right to legal advice and representation is important to allow suspected or accused children to see their rights being fully respected. The youth lawyer has a great role to play with the child at all stages of a proceeding. However, if legal aid and representation are the rights of the child, it should be noted that their implementation is not systematic. Indeed, access to a lawyer and to adequate legal representation remains a challenge in many States of the European Union. Yet promoting child-friendly justice is the only way to guarantee the full satisfaction of their rights. DCI-Belgium coordinates the European project My Lawyer, My Rights which aims to strengthen children’s rights in criminal proceedings within the EU. More information here !
- Convention on the Rights of the Child
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is an international treaty adopted by the United Nations in 1989. It was signed by all the countries of the world and ratified by almost all of them. The objective of the CRC is to promote and protect the rights of the Children. Finally it is completed by 3 optional protocols.
- Project My Lawyer, My Rights
DCI-Belgium coordinates the European project My Lawyer, My Rights which aims to strengthen children’s rights in criminal proceedings within the EU. Through advocating for an improved access to a lawyer and to adequate legal representation, this project contributes to the development of a child friendly justice and helps guaranteeing the full satisfaction of their rights. More information here.
- Project Pro-Jus
The project Pro-Jus aims to allow the foreign minors suspected or accused in judicial procedures to benefit from the procedural guarantees on the rights to interpretation and translation, to information and to the access to a lawyer.
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Facts: This case deals with the international responsibility of Guatemala, that has committed five massacres against members of the Rio Negro community, in the context of an internal armed conflict that took place between 1962 and 1996. These murders were committed by the Guatemalan army between 1980 and 1982.
Claimants : Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Asociación para el Desarrollo Integral de las Víctimas de la violencia en las Verapaces (ADIVIMA)
Rights at stakes: Obligation (...)
The international administration of DCI has just published its activity report of the year 2015. It gathers information, pictures and other documents supplied by the branches of DCI. It is very interesting and allows becoming aware of the actions that are led in order to guarantee the best respect of the rights of the child around the world.
DCI will soon start a new programme called My Lawyer My Rights. For this new project, we would like to hire three people. You can consult the job description on our Jobs/Internships page