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2020-12-23

The Geneva Center for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) organized a conference to exhibit the annual report prepared by the Child Protection Delegates, related to juvenile detention centers.

The Geneva Center for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) organized a conference to exhibit the annual report prepared by the Child Protection Delegates, related to juvenile detention centers.

Tunis on December 23, 2020: In partnership with the Ministry of Women, Family, and the Elderly—the Bureau of the General Child Protection Delegate—, the Ministry of Justice—the General Directory of Prisons and Re-education—, DCAF organized a workshop aimed at exhibiting the annual report on the general situation of five juvenile detention centers in Tunisia between 2018 and 2019.

 

Being the first of its kind, this annual report comes under the treaty that was signed on January 12, 2015 between both the Ministry of Women and the Ministry of Justice. This agreement allows a number of child protection delegates to perform a number of tasks, the most important of which is paying periodic visits to the reeducation centers. These regular visits seek to observe the conditions in which these children in conflict with the law are kept, and to see to what extent these centers respect the national and international standards.

 

The conference was attended by the Minister of Women, Family, Children, and the Elderly, together with representatives of the Ministry of Justice and the Bureau of juvenile Justice Support, joined by a number of executives in charge of childhood, and serval national experts. During this workshop,  the children protection delegates explained to the attendees the report methodology and the sum of measures they have taken in evaluating the general situation of the detention centers, and the policy of pledging the children in conflict with the law in these facilities.

 

The session dealt especially with the criteria by which children are categorized in the centers and the gradient criteria, in addition to the principal factors behind going back to these centers.

 

During this meeting, the participants presented a number of recommendations that called mainly to review the partneship agreement in towards expanding the powers of child protection delegates during their visits, reviewing the deadlines for pretrial detention, and activating alternatives to the sanctions that deprive children of their freedom, and, last, strengthening the role of La Manouba observation Center.

 

It is worth noting that this workshop falls within a series of workshops that started in 2018 for the sake of strengthening the skills of child protection delegates in the fields of planning, monitoring, and implementing their field visits to reeducation centers in Tunisia.

 

This workshop was funded by DCAF's Trust Fund for North Africa (TFNA). Funding comes from France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Further information on DCAF is available on the DCAF website or on the DCAF Tunisia website