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 35 years.
Defence for Children International is represented through its national sections and associated members in 47* 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.
|Defence for Children International Annual Report 2013||InCo Report 2013: 'Creating a Non-Violent Juvenile Justice System'|
|DEI-Suisse: 'Les droits de l'enfant dans le système de justice pour mineurs en Suisse'||DCI-Colombia Report on the situation of children in the municipality of Mitú Vaupés|
|Children affected by armed conflict: The Extent of the Child Protection Emergency in Syria
|Defence for Children Yemen works to improve Juvenile Justice|
|Defence for Children Colombia campaigns against the use of child soldiers|
|Defence for Children Sierra Leone strengthens community mechanisms to unite against the Ebola Virus Disease|
|Defence for Children Mauritius campaigns in 2015 for a better future, securing everyone’s fundamental rights|
|DCI co-organizes event in New York to further lobby for the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)|