prison grandeDefence for Children International (DCI) and the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) organize the Justice for Children Award, with the support of the Loterie Romande. Objective: give the opportunity to students to engage in the field of children’s rights and more specifically to galvanize their reflections on issues concerning juvenile justice and torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatments.

The theme of the first edition is violence against children within the justice system and deals with the monitoring of children’s rights from arrest to detention and release. This includes:

  • Physical, psychological and emotional violence, in particular Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
  • Detention conditions (overcrowded cells, solitary confinement, separation from adults)
  • Institutionalized violence: legal mechanisms, lack of or inappropriate access to justice, inhuman and inappropriate sentencing, lack of alternatives to judicial proceedings.

The competition is open to students or former students enrolled in the higher education system in Switzerland. Deadline for submissions: 31 December 2015.

More on DCI's Website.

The winner of the competition will be awarded a monetary prize of 1’000 CHF, present his/her paper at the Award Ceremony and have his/her paper published on OMCT and DCI’s websites and be invited to attend a session of the Human Rights Council, Committee on the Rights of the Child or the Committee Against Torture in Geneva.

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