On 24th August 2017, a workshop on counselling and prevention of child abuse took place in Ambala Cantt (Haryana, India). The workshop, based on the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act of 2012, aimed to raise awareness amongst teachers and counsellors about this issue. Mr Kuldeep Singh, a member of the Asia-Pacific Council for Juvenile Justice (APCJJ), and a former member of the Juvenile Justice Board of India, participated in the workshop by giving a keynote speech.Mr. Singh’s speech dealt with the repercussions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children)… read more
The 17th Melaka International Youth Dialogue, held from the 9th to the 13th of July 2017 at the MITC Hotel in Melaka (Malaysia), was organised by the World Assembly of Youth in collaboration with the Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Melaka State Government, the Asian Youth Council, the Commonwealth Youth Council and the Malaysian Youth Council.In this context, the issue of finding solutions to prevent juvenile delinquency was tackled at an international level, bringing together over 160 young people and youth leaders from 43 countries.After thorough deliberations through paper… read more
The Third Meeting of the APCJJ Subcommitte for ASEAN was held in the context of the National Symposium on Ending Violence against Children in the Juvenile Justice System (June 28-30, Bangkok, Thailand).The National Symposium started with an opening ceremony officiated by the Minister of Justice of Thailand, Mr. Suwaphan Tanyuvardhana. He gave the keynote address on bringing positive changes to the lives of children in contact with the law, using the United Nations Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence against children in the field of crime prevention and… read more
The second day of the International Workshop on Diversion through Restorative Justice was held on the 27th of June in Bangkok (Thailand), including presentations by APCJJ members on this issue.  The day was launched by Mr Wanchai Rujanawong, former Director General at the DJOP and representative of the ACWC, who presented and went more into detail about the Thai experience on restorative justice in the form of “Family group conferencing.” It was introduced in 1997, and was introduced about five years later into the legislation: since its introduction it has reached about 20.000 cases. He… read more
The inaugural day of the International Workshop on Diversion through Restorative Justice, held on the 26th of June in Bangkok (Thailand), introduced as well the National Symposium on Ending Violence against Children in Juvenile Justice System, and the Third Meeting of the APCJJ Subcommittee for ASEAN. During this first day of the workshop, participants studied in depth the concept of restorative justice used as a diversionary measure. It started from the basic concepts, through which participants scrutinised the different practices part of the implementation process.This week of events is… read more
The Minutes of the Second Meeting of the APCJJ Subcommittee for ASEAN are now available as a comprehensive report, “Toward Regional Guidelines on Juvenile Justice: Promoting Cross-border Safeguards and Defining Strategies on Elimination of Violence against Children in Conflict with the Law”, to be accessed online This meeting was organized on the 15th and 17th of June 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand, in cooperation with the Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection (DJOP) of the Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ). The meeting was supported by the ASEAN Commission on the Rights of Women… read more
On the 7th and 8th of March, the IJJO and the APCJJ participated in an expert group meeting on tertiary education as a part of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime's (UNODC) Education for Justice (E4J) initiative.The meeting was held in the UN's offices in Vienna. The E4J project was developed in response to the Doha Declaration, which was adopted at the conclusion of the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice held in Qatar, in April 2015. It called for the integration of crime prevention and criminal justice into the wider UN agenda and underscores the importance… read more
A 'Dialogue on Countering Foreign Terrorist Fighters and Radicalization to Violence in Central Asia' was hosted by the Global Counterterrorism Forum's Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF) Working Group on February 23rd in The Hague (The Netherlands). This dialogue meeting was an opportunity to exchange on the challenges faced by Central Asian States regarding foreign terrorist fighters, the existing and developing programmes and tools to address this phenomenon, and the international cooperation mechanisms on this issue. Particular attention was given to tools for implementing the Hague-Marrakech… read more
Sophie Duroy, analyst and project manager at the IJJO, participated on February 15th and 16th in a workshop on mainstreaming the prevention of violent extremism in the ARF region, which took place in Brussels, jointly organised by the Philippines, Australia and the European Union. Ms Duroy gave a presentation on community-focused initiatives to prevent youth violent extremism at all stages of the cycle of radicalisation to violence, highlighting in particular practical tools developed by IJJO partners in the project 'PRALT – The prevention of juvenile radicalisation'. This workshop gathered… read more
The IJJO, together with the rest of the NGOs composing the Child Justice Advocacy Group -Terre des hommes (Tdh), Penal Reform International (PRI), Defence for Children International (DCI),Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) , World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates (AIMJF), Vivere, International Catholic Child Bureau (BICE)-, issued a Joint Statement asking the Philippines to refrain  from lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility from fifteen to nine years.As widely reported, the human rights situation in… read more