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2020-05-28

Webinar on the situation of children in rehabilitation centres during the Covid pandemic-19

Webinar on the situation of children in rehabilitation centres during the Covid pandemic-19

Tunis, May, 28th, 2020: The Ministry of Justice, the General Committee of Prisons and Re-education, the GIZ, DCAF, together with UNICEF worked closely to hold a webinar about the children placed in in re-education centers during the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

This workshop aimed, on the one hand, to expose the challenges faced by justice professionals in the face of an unprecedented health crisis and, on the other hand, to identify good practices within the comparative experiences, with a view to generalizing them.

 

The guests, national and international experts in the penitentiary system, magistrates and representatives from the Ministry of Justice, notably from the Committee of Prisons and Re-education, and the Office of Juvenile Justice, cooperated to evaluate the situation of the children who are deprived of their liberty and discuss their exposition to the related challenges.

 

Many aspects were documented:

• The legal challenges encountered by the judges specialized in juvenile cases facing this situation, which are characterized by the suspension of legal procedures by the Higher Judiciary Council, and the absence of pleadings that constitute fundamental guarantees to the right of the child to be heard.

• The psycho-social impact of the double confinement on the children placed in the re-education centers during the health crisis.

• The administrative and legal responses brought into action at the national scale to ensure the security of the children in detention, without prejudicing the best interest of the child. The stress was made on the prohibition of the discrimination and isolation of the child under any circumstances

 

The presentations were followed by a lively discussion that generated a series of recommendations regarding the security, well-being, and the re-socialization of children in conflict with the law and deprived of their liberty. The good practices that appeared during the health crisis were highlighted, in particular, the reduction of the prison population and the use of alternative sentencing, with the deprivation of liberty only as a last resort.

 

This training is financed through the DCAF Trust Fund for North Africa (TFNA). The Fund is financed actually by Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Further information on DCAF is available on the DCAF website or on the DCAF Tunisia website.