Application of international standards concerning the human rights of detained juveniles.

1993/80. Application of international standards concerning the human rights of detained juveniles

The Commission on Human Rights, Bearing in mind the Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted by the General Assembly in its resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989, Recalling article 1 of the Convention, which extends the protection of its provisions to "every human being below the age of eighteen years", Taking into account articles 37 and 40 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which regulate the detention of young offenders who have infringed the penal law, Bearing in mind the work done by the Committee on the Rights of the Child in supervising the due implementation of the Convention, and specifically articles 37 and 40 thereof, Recalling the important instruments adopted by the United Nations in the area of the administration of juvenile justice, Bearing in mind Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities resolution 1992/25, of 27 August 1992, Concerned that, because of the great vulnerability of juveniles to various forms of abuse, neglect and injustice and the profound and indelible impact of such traumatic experiences on their developing personalities, violations of the human rights of detained juveniles have serious and far-reaching consequences for the juveniles concerned and for society,

1. Congratulates the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities on its sustained concern for detained juveniles;

2. Notes with thanks the final report prepared by the Special Rapporteur of the Sub-Commission, Mrs. Mary Concepción Bautista, on this subject (E/CN.4/Sub.2/1992/20) and the addendum to the report containing the note by the Secretary-General on the question of detained juveniles;

3. Welcomes the proposal by the Secretary-General (E/CN.4/Sub.2/1992/20/Add.1) to organize, within the framework of the programme of human rights activities for 1994, a meeting of experts under the auspices of the Centre for Human Rights, the United Nations Children's Fund and the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Branch of the Centre for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs on the application of international standards concerning the human rights of detained juveniles;

4. Expresses the wish that the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Working Group on Contemporary Forms of Slavery and the Working Group on Detention of the Sub-Commission should be represented at the meeting of experts, together with the specialized non-governmental organizations, in, particular those of juvenile court judges;

5. Endorses the request by the Sub-Commission to the Secretary-General to provide all necessary assistance for the organization and success of the meeting of experts;

6. Requests the Secretary-General to report on the results of the meeting to the Commission at its fifty-first session and to the Sub-Commission at its forty-sixth session;

7. Decides to consider the question of the application of international standards concerning the human rights of detained juveniles at its fiftieth session under the agenda item "Rights of the child".

67th meeting
10 March 1993
[Adopted without a vote. See chap. XXIV.]
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