Prioritising access to justice for all children
A short report sets out a vision of justice for children across countries that border the European Union and in Central Asia.
Thousands of children in the countries that border the European Union and in Central Asia face rights violations each day, yet only a fraction have access to justice. This 10-page UNICEF report outlines the barriers to justice that confront children, particularly those who are the most vulnerable and ‘voiceless’. It argues that justice systems that fail to adapt to their needs risk violating their rights, rather than protecting them.
UNICEF’s vision is one of access to justice for all children (in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the core values of the EU), whether they are accused of a crime, victims of crime, witnesses or children who are part of civil cases. The report argues that access to justice for children requires comprehensive approaches that are tailored to their specific needs, rather than the extension of existing measures designed for adults.