DCI is an independent non-governmental
organisation set up during the International
Year of the Child (1979) to ensure
on-going, practical, systematic and
concerted international action
specially directed towards
promoting and protecting the
rights of the child.
The Juvenile Justice Programme monitors juvenile justice systems, as well as the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international instruments. It also constantly presses States and UN bodies to pay attention to juvenile justice issues at relevant UN meetings.
Committee on the Rights of the Child
The International Secretariat takes part in the sessions of the Committee on the Rights of the Child in order to follow the dialogue between the Committee and the national delegations, as well as to collect State reports, NGO reports and recommendations relevant to juvenile justice. During the pre-session of the Committee, the International Secretariat organises briefings with Delegations and national NGO coalitions.
Commission on Human Rights
The International Secretariat also participates regularly in the sessions of the Commission on Human Rights in order to draw attention to the rights of children in conflict with the law. As the Convenor of the Sub-group on Juvenile Justice, the International Secretariat has organised a discussion panel on “Kids behind bars” on the occasion of the 60 th Commission on Human Rights.
UN Coordination Panel on Technical Advice and Assistance in Juvenile Justice
DCI’s International Secretariat is a member of the United Nations Advisory Panel on Juvenile Justice, which was established in 1997 by the Economic and Social Council, in view of a better coordination of UN and NGO activities in the field of juvenile justice. The Advisory panel reunites Juvenile Justice Programme Officers from UNICEF, the OHCHR as well as from several NGOs.