In September 2014, a meeting was held in Bangkok between representatives from eight Ministries of Justice from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as part of the agenda of the IJJO’s Asia-Pacific Council for Juvenile Justice.
The meeting, organized by the IJJO and the Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection (DJOP, a subdivision of Thailand’s Ministry of Justice), served to exchange knowledge and experiences, share proper practices, and propose improvements for the treatment of children in conflict with the law in their respective countries.
During the meeting, experts discussed how to ensure that these individuals receive essential services, as well as how to address the lack of freedom in neighbouring states in accordance with international legal framework. This initial dialogue is part of a progressively developing collaboration between member states in the context of opening borders.
The meeting led to a necessary interchange about difficulties relating to judicial cooperation within ASEAN, as well as topics relative to the prevention, legislative reform, specialization of the juvenile justice system, drug-related crimes, detention conditions, and alternatives to deprivation of liberty.