A child suspected, accused or the author of an offence against the law is never a lost cause…
The death penalty and life imprisonment are forbidden for minors, who should be detained separately from adults. As a general rule, arrest or detention should only be used as a last resort and for as brief a period as possible. The prime objective of juvenile justice should be the rehabilitation and reintegration of children.
To promote the application of penal laws that protects children’s rights more efficiently, with a particular emphasis on justice that restores, mediates and prevents, the BICE has for many years led substantial lobbying and government awareness-raising actions, and has also worked to strengthen the powers of those in charge of juvenile justice.
Our projects in this area of expertise
The following projects aim at supporting detained children and improving their conditions of detention. They also intend to act on a long term basis, jointly with the States by training concerned adults: