Guidelines on Action in the Justice System for Children in Africa (DRAFT)


The Guidelines for Action are a framework to achieve:

(a) Full implementation of AU and related international instruments such as are outlined in the Preamble bove;
(b) Practical guidance to African governments to assist them meet their treaty obligations at both regional and international level;
(c) An instrument to guide law reform and harmonisation efforts amongst States
(d) A tool for the co-ordination and direction of actions by various role-players in the formal and informal justice systems in Africa, including non-governmental organisations, professional associations, the judiciary, the media, academic institutions and training bodies, traditional authorities, members of civil
society, participants in the social workforce, and children;
(e) A framework for the facilitation of international co-operation and technical and other assistance to States and other actors in the achievement of child friendly justice for children in Africa;
(f) A call to the African Union Commission and other structures of the African Union to ensure that States respect the commitments made and fulfil the duties outlined in the present Guidelines by collaborating with governments, non-governmental institutions and developmental partners to identify best practices on child friendly justice policy formulation and implementation, and encouraging the adaptation of principles and experiences among States;
(g) A reminder to States to co-operate with the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights and to support the work of the Special Rapporteur on Prisons and Conditions of Detention in Africa, the Special Rapporteur on Arbitrary, Summary and Extra-judicial Executions in Africa, and the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa insofar as their mandates overlap with actions and institutions in the justice system pertaining to children;
(h) Enhanced understanding amongst the public and the media of the spirit, aims and principles of child friendly justice systems as provided for in these Guidelines.

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