Next week, PRI will participate in the first ever World Congress on Juvenile Justice taking place in Geneva. This week-long event aims to become a milestone in the implementation of international norms relating to children in conflict with law and children who are victims, survivors or witnesses.
The Congress, hosted by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Office of Justice and the Terre des Hommes Foundation, will bring together over 800 juvenile justice stakeholders from States, international organisations and civil society in order to share experiences, lessons learned and good practices in the area of juvenile justice and improve international cooperation on children affected by justice systems worldwide.
PRI will be represented at the Congress by Nikhil Roy, Programme Development Director, Taghreed Jaber, Regional Director of PRI’s MENA Office, Hala Zoubi, Juvenile Justice Project Manager in Jordan and Becky Randel, PRI Research and Fundraising Coordinator. PRI Board Member Justice Imman Ali will also be presenting at a number of the conference events from his experience in Bangladesh.
PRI will be speaking at the following times during the conference:
- Tuesday 27 January, 12.10-13.00 – reflections on applying international norms in countries with diverse legal and judicial frameworks
- Wednesday 28 January, 12.10-13.00 – discussion on the improvement of juvenile justice laws and procedures
- Wednesday 28 January, 16.45-18.00 – stop making children criminals: the minimum age debate – separating responsibility from criminalisation (CRIN side event)
- Friday 30 January, 11.10 – 12.45 – strengthening regional cooperation (Middle East workshop)
We will be making a range of interventions, sharing our resources and promoting our ongoing work in the areas of informal justice and international norms, the gender perspective in juvenile justice, conditions in detention and success factors in implementing diversion and non-custodial measures.
For more information on the Congress including the final agenda, visit the Congress website or follow these links for information in Russian and Arabic.