Defence for Children International is an independent non-governmental organisation that has been promoting and protecting children’s rights on a global, regional, national and local level for 30 years.
Defence for Children International is represented through its national sections and associated members in 48* countries worldwide, and an International Secretariat based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Defence for Children International believes that no child belongs behind bars. The deprivation of liberty should be used only as the very last resort in dealing with children in conflict with the law.
During its International General Assembly in 2008, Defence for Children International reaffirmed its longstanding commitment to juvenile justice as its priority issue at the international level.
As an international human rights organisation, Defence for Children International works to raise awareness about child rights violations and advocate for governments and stakeholders at regional and international levels to take action to implement international child rights standards.
Click below to read Defence for Children International’s position statements on key child rights issues.
|Press Release: Prolonged pre-trial detention of children in Sierra Leone|
|Press Release: Winter Olympic Games 2014: Human Rights Controversy|
|Press Release - Violence as This Year's Theme of the United Nations Universal Children's Day|
|Press Release - Emergency Philippines – The Filipino community residing in Italy is at the forefront to bring support to the families, children and women in particular, who are affected by the Typhoon Haiyan|