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Save the date: 25th October, 2018 – Regional Consultation, Uruguay

The Uruguayan government, in coordination with other international, regional and local organisations, including Defence for Children International-Uruguay and UNICEF, will host a regional consultation for the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty on October 25th in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Government officials, regional child rights experts, and civil society representatives will participate in discussions of children deprived of their liberty in the administration of justice, institutions and for migration-related reasons as well as those detained with their parents. The representative of the Independent Expert, Professor Manfred Nowak is going to present the Global Study and engage in a discussion with government and official authorities, human rights institutions and civil society organisations.

The full agenda can be found here in Spanish.

We want to hear children's views

Call for NGOs to Hold Consultations on Children Deprived with Liberty

Do you work in an organization that works with or has direct contact with children deprived of liberty? If so, you are uniquely placed to contribute to be part of the child participation part of the United Nations Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, as we look for information about children’s experiences, views and perspectives of deprivation of liberty in your country/-ies.

The Child Participation Working Group for is looking for organisations that can hold consultations with children deprived of liberty throughout October to feed into the Study. Fill out the survey here in English, French, and Spanish. Deadline: October 7, 2018.

Find more information here in English, French and Spanish.

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The NGO Panel delivers a statement at the UN Human Rights Council’s 39th session

On September 12, 2018, the International Catholic Child Bureau (BICE) delivered a statement on behalf of the NGO Panel for the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, during the Interactive Dialogue with the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention at the UN Human Rights Council’s 39th session.

The NGO Panel took the opportunity to thank the Working Group for its extensive revision of deliberation No. 5 on the deprivation of liberty of migrants, especially for highlighting that the deprivation of liberty of asylum-seeking, refugees, stateless, and migrant children, including unaccompanied or separated children, is prohibited, and for highlighting the need for alternatives to detention.

In this respect, the NGO Panel called on States to support the Global Study by providing more quality, disaggregated data on children deprived of liberty and examples of alternatives to detention in their countries, participating in the upcoming consultations, and contributing with political and financial support.

Check the full written statement here and the delivery here (02:37:02).