Day three – Second Meeting of the APCJJ Subcommittee for ASEAN

The third day focused on the ASEAN Regional Plan of Action on Elimination of Violence Against Children, in particular on the role of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) on policy and legal reform for the protection of children in conflict with the law.

The day began with a presentation on the ASEAN Regional Plan of Action on Elimination of Violence Against Children given by Ms. Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children (SRSG-VAC), and Ms. Datin Paduka Intan MD. Kassim, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports of Brunei, as well as Brunei Representative for the ASEAN Commission on the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC).

This was followed by a presentation by Ms. Grace C. Agcaoili, Regional advisor and Child Protection Specialist of Unicef’s Regional Office, and a presentation by Dr. Razwana Begum, who illustrated best practices and strategies on the elimination of violence against children, specifically how states can move from theory to practice in restorative justice.

Following these presentations, a roundtable was opened for participants to reflect and comment on the strategies that can be used for the implementation of the ASEAN regional plan of action on the elimination of violence against children.

The afternoon was dedicated to the UN Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence Against Children in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. An introduction of this instrument was given by Ms. Anna Giudice Saget, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer at UNODC.

This was followed by a panel discussion, “Intercontinental exchange on Violence Against Children In Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in light of UN Model Strategies”, featuring representatives from Latin America, Europe, Australia and India. Mr. Nicolás Espejo Yaksic, Advisor to the SRSG-VAC, spoke on the Latin American perspective, while Professor Ton Liefaard discussed the European methodologies. The Asia-Pacific experiences outside of ASEAN were presented by Ms. Wendy O’Brien, Lecturer at Deakin University, who outlined Australia’s experiences in the prevention of physical, psychological and sexual violence against children in conflict with the law, while Mr. Justice V. M. Kanade, Judge of the High Court in Mumbai, shared experiences from South Asia. The panel discussion was moderated by Mr. Jordi Mallarach Parés, Project Manager at the International Juvenile Justice Observatory.

The final presentation of the three-day event was dedicated to the ways via which the UN Model Strategies in ASEAN could be implemented. In doing so, best practices on the elimination of violence against children in conflict with the law were shared and debated with the audience. This panel discussion featured Ms. Aisyah Yuliani, from the Indonesian Office of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, and Dr. Sita Sumrit, Programme Leader for Women and Children Empowerment at the Thailand Institute of Justice.This was followed by a debate with the public. The presentation was moderated by Mr. Cédric Foussard, Director of International Affairs of the IJJO.

The three day meeting concluded with a closing ceremony, including celebratory speeches by Dr. Francisco Legaz Cervantes, Chairman of the International Juvenile Justice Observatory, Dr. Kittipong Kittayarak, Executive Director of the Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ), and Prof. Wisit Wisitsora-At, Director General of the Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection of the Thai Ministry of Justice.