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The 7th Annual Conference of the Asian Criminological Society ‘Criminology and Criminal Justice in a Changing World: Contributions from Asia’ took place between June 25th and 26th in Hong Kong, China. The event tackled crucial themes, amongst which youth crime, prevention of crime, punishment and penal policies.Dr Kattiya Ratanadilok (pictured), of the Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection of Thailand, and APCJJ member, participated in the event and discussed with the president of the Asian Criminological Society the possibility of future collaborations to improve the lives of… read more
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Ms Marta Santos Pais, carried out a week-long mission to the South Pacific in May. The visit began with participation in the Pacific Conference on Ending Violence against Children in Nadi, Fiji that brought policy makers, civil society groups and government leaders from 13 Pacific countries together to discuss ways to address violence against children in the region. In her keynote speech, the SRSG commended Pacific leaders for their strong commitment to reduce the high rates of violence against children… read more
During the Second Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Council for Juvenile Justice, held the first week of May in Phuket (Thailand), the IJJO Chairman, Doctor Francisco Legaz, was awarded the recognition for lifelong engagement for children and young people by the Ministry of Justice of Thailand.In the course of the Gala Dinner, Mr Veerayuth Sukchroen, Director General of the Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection of the Thai Ministry of Justice, expressed his admiration and esteem for the longstanding engagement of Dr Legaz in the defence of the rights of children in contact with the law… read more
The fourth and last day of the APCJJ Second Meeting was designed as a policy oriented event, during which the participants engaged in a roundtable discussion on the future projects and activities of the Asia-Pacific Council for Juvenile Justice.The IJJO Chairman, Dr Francisco Legaz, and Dr Kattiya Rattanadilok, of the Thai Ministry of Justice’s Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection, welcomed the participants on this last day, thanking them for their active participation, which was crucial to the success of the Meeting.Following this, Mr Cédric Foussard, the IJJO Director of… read more
The third day of the Asia-Pacific Council for Juvenile Justice’s Second Meeting concentrated on restorative justice and the good practices that favour its implementation, and then featured the last capacity-building session before the policy-oriented day of the meeting. Ms Margaret Akullo, Programme Coordinator at UNODC, welcomed participants and introduced the Keynote speaker: Honorable Justice Kanade, Head of the Juvenile Justice Committee of Maharashtra of India. Justice Kanade addressed the fundamental principles that animate dialogue between victim, offender and the community in the… read more
While the first day focused on strategies to tackle violence against children, the following day of the Asia-Pacific Council for Juvenile Justice’s Second Meeting was dedicated to a more practice-oriented approach, tackling diversion and alternative policies.The day started with a Keynote Address delivered by Ms Chiam Heng Keng, former Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Malaysia, who focused on the theoretical background for diversion and alternative measures, recalling how the voluntary basis is essential for the effectiveness of the diversionary approach.In the course of… read more
On the morning of May 5th, in Phuket (Thailand), the Second Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Council for Juvenile Justice (APCJJ) was officially inaugurated. The meeting takes place from the 5th to the 8th of May under the title ‘Toward Child-Friendly Justice in the Asia-Pacific Region: Alternatives to Detention and Restorative Justice for Children’. In the course of the opening ceremony Mr. Veerayuth Sukcharoen, Director General of the Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection of Thailand, introduced the Deputy Secretary General of the Thai Ministry of Justice, Mr. Charnchao Chaiyanukij… read more
On September 2nd and 3rd, 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,… read more
In 2012, the International Juvenile Justice Observatory together with the Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection of the Ministry of Justice of Thailand organised the first meeting of the Asia Pacific Council of Juvenile Justice – APCJJ, as a result of the Collaboration Agreement signed by both institutions.One year after the meeting, the IJJO issues the regional report written in collaboration with Ms Alice McGrath ‘A voice for the Future of Juvenile Justice in Asia- Pacific ; Introduction to the Asia-Pacific Council for Juvenile Justice and Leading Juvenile Justice Reforms in the… read more
The IJJO organized the First Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Council for Juvenile Justice “An Asia-Pacific Strategy on Juvenile Justice”, with the support of the Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection of the Ministry of Justice of Thailand. The meeting took place on the 14th of June in Bangkok and was part of the National and Regional Conference: ‘Towards comprehensive and effective Juvenile Justice System in Thailand and the Region’ which took place on the 12th 13th June. The objective of this meeting was to translate the know-how and experiences shared during the debate into… read more