Enhancing Justice for Children in Conflict/Contact with the Law

HIGH LEVELS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN PREVAIL IN ZIMBABWE, YET 33% OF ALL PROSECUTED RAPE CASES ARE ACQUITTED AND MOST NEVER MAKE IT TO COURT

Chidfriendly Court
Tanaka Ziyavaya

Highlights

Access to justice is a fundamental right and is essential to the protection of all rights under the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child and other human rights treaties. However, impunity from sexual violence is rampant in Zimbabwe. This is often due to the withdrawal of cases by parents of survivors, or a lack of accurate forensic evidence. Children also face challenges in the justice system, including weak intra-system coordination; limited access to rehabilitative programmes or pre-trial 
diversions; and limited capacity in justice officials,court preparation of witnesses and court intermediaries appointed to work with the children.

Author(s)
UNICEF Zimbabwe
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English