27 March, 2014 — Given the downward trend in the Latin American countries concerning the lack of respect for human rights standards in the criminal justice system for children and adolescents, characterized by discrimination, violence, lack of specialization, and abuse of freedom deprivation measures; the Latin American and Caribbean Network for Child Rights (Redlamyc) through 11 national coalitions and representatives of Children and Adolescents Network (REDNNYAS) had a thematic hearing before the IACHR. Save the Children accompanied them in the Hearing.
For the first time, adolescents actively participated in an intergovernmental space, such as the Organization of American States (OAS); an achievement for the REDNNYAS in their efforts to positioning themselves. The adolescents contributed directly by sharing their perceptions and knowledge on the subject referring to practices that occur in their countries and the region.
Topics as the review of justice systems to be adjusted according the CRC, the downward trend at a legislative level, data absence and lack of information, lack of access to justice, police violence and the use of force, lowering of the criminal penalty minimum age and restorative justice application were addressed.
Finally, IACHR proposed that they were going to dialogue with the States in order to monitor the hearing proposals and their las report on Youth Justice. Also, it was said that the way regional press expose adolescents in conflicto with criminal law contributes to the construcción of a false social image.lack of information, lack of access to justice, police violence and the use of force, lowering of the criminal penalty minimum age and restorative justice application, are expected to be addressed.
Submitters: Colectivo de Derechos de Infancia y Adolescencia – Argentina, Asociacao Nacional de Centros de Defensa dos direitos da crianca ANCED, Movimento Nacional de Direitos Humanos MNDH – Brasil, Foro Chileno por los Derechos de Infancia, Alianza por la Niñez Colombiana, Red de Infancia y Adolescencia RIA – El Salvador, Coordinadora Derechos de Infancia y Adolescencia Paraguay CDIA, Red Derechos de Infancia Méjico REDIM, Grupo Iniciativa Nacional Perú GIN, Grupo de niños de Argentina, El Salvador, Paraguay y Perú, Movimiento por la Niñez y Adolescencia de Ecuador, Comité de los Derechos del Niño Uruguay.