Juvenile justice and human rights are an essential aspect of any country’s criminal justice system, reflecting the values and principles that underpin a just and compassionate society. This critical intersection of law and ethics addresses the unique needs of young offenders while upholding their fundamental rights as individuals. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is a foundational document that outlines the rights and protections due to minors involved in the justice system. It emphasises the right to a fair trial, the prohibition of torture and ill-treatment, and the principle of detention as a last resort. These principles are crucial in safeguarding the dignity and well-being of young offenders.
RSIL’s Centre for Criminal Justice Sector Reform & Capacity Building (C3) organised a symposium on juvenile justice in the context of Pakistan’s criminal justice system. The papers published as part of this series cover topics such as Pakistan’s Juvenile Justice System Act 2018, determination of age and maturity of juvenile offenders, and special protection mechanisms available to juvenile offenders. We hope that these papers will play encourage further conversations on juvenile justice and human rights in Pakistan.
*The views expressed in these documents are those of the authors and are not intended to represent the official policy or position of RSIL