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Press Centre (7/2016)

UNICEF welcomes Human Rights Watch Report, Abuses against Children Detained as National Security Threats


Attributable to UNICEF Associate Director Child Protection, Cornelius Williams 
NEW YORK, 28 July, 2016 – “UNICEF welcomes the report that exposes the brutality children can face when they are detained on national security charges.
“The rights of children cannot be compromised by national security concerns. Children must be guaranteed the same legal rights and protections regardless of the charges they may face and must be fully protected in the criminal justice system. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Beijing Rules and the Paris Principles offer clear guidelines that all states must follow.”   

“Ahead of the upcoming UN Security Council debate on children in armed conflict, UNICEF urges governments to prioritize the rights of children by implementing the report’s recommendations and to comply with international juvenile justice standards.”

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