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Protect the Future, Juvenile Justice Reform in Iraq

03/04/2019 - 09:08
Rule of Law

The project “Protect the Future, Juvenile Justice Reform in Iraq” was launched to improve and enhance access to justice for vulnerable groups, including children and adolescents. The focus of the programme includes protection of children from abuse and neglect, raise awareness about rights of juveniles and improve detention conditions for this group.

PROJECT DURATION:

DECEMBER 2016-MARCH 2019

 

BUDGET:

€ 1,848,650

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION

The project “Protect the Future, Juvenile Justice Reform in Iraq” was launched to improve and enhance access to justice for vulnerable groups, including children and adolescents. The focus of the programme includes protection of children from abuse and neglect, raise awareness about rights of juveniles and improve detention conditions for this group.

 

Regions covered:

Baghdad, Basra, Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Duhok.

 

OBJECTIVES

The objective of the project is to improve the service delivery of judicial institutions in Iraq by supporting access to justice and improving detention conditions. Activities of the programme aim to develop policies, procedures and guidelines on alternatives to prosecution and detention; prevent abuse and neglect of children; develop and disseminate child-friendly ‘Know your Rights’ materials for children and parents; and improve access and quality of legal representation by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and private lawyers.

 

ACTIONS IN BRIEF

(i) Conducted an assessment of juvenile justice system and produce recommendations for reform; developing policies, procedures, and guidelines on alternatives to prosecution and detention;

(ii) Developed institutional policies and procedures to prevent abuse and neglect;

(iii) Built the capacity and accountability of judges and prosecutors for assuring that the juvenile justice system functions to uphold the best interests of the child;

(iv) Ensured better protection from abuse during pre-trial detention and investigation for juveniles in conflict with the law;

(v) Developed and rolled out guidelines to protect juveniles from abuse during pre-trial investigation; and

(vi) Trained Iraqi and Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) committee members on Family, Women and Child to advocate for a new Child Law.

 

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Trained 50 lawyers in the Training for Trainers programme on juvenile justice. The content of the training included set up of the court, composition and the core differences between juvenile and other courts;
  • Conducted practical training for 100 lawyers in Baghdad, Basra and the Kurdistan region for three months to develop lawyers specialised in juvenile justice;
  • Developed a curriculum on legal and social aspects of juvenile justice in the Judicial Institute (JI), covering juvenile care laws, international law, conventions and standards;
  • Creation of comprehensive guidelines in Arabic and Kurdish to be used as training materials for police officers in juvenile centres; and
  • Delivery of a detailed legal assessment to determine how and when juveniles face criminal charges, followed by two roundtable discussions to present and discuss the findings.
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Implementing partners: Al-Mesalla Organisation for Human Resource Development, KR-I; People Aid Organization (PAO), Baghdad, Duhok; Democracy and Human Rights Development Center (DHRD), Sulaymaniyah; Al Manahil Association for Women Development, Basra.

 

Targeted partners: Judges, prosecutors, law enforcement officers and social workers

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