QUNO is closely following and inputting information into a Global Study on Children Deprived of their Liberty.
The Study will shed light on the scale and conditions of children deprived of their liberty, identifying good practices and making recommendations for effective measures to prevent human rights violations against children in detention and reduce the number of children deprived of liberty.
As called for in UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/69/157, the Study will map out, through monitoring and evaluation analysis, how existing international laws and standards are being implemented on the ground. Through comprehensive data collection, it will also provide a consolidation of good practices and the formulation of recommendations, to support the work of States, UN agencies and other stakeholders to more effectively implement international standards. Manfred Nowak has been appointed to lead the Study, overseeing the development of an in-depth, comprehensive global report to be presented to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at its 73rd regular session in 2018.
The Study is relevant to our work on children of prisoners because it will cover all forms of deprivation of children’s liberty, making it an important opportunity to raise awareness of situations where children are detained with an incarcerated parent. At the first meeting between Manfred Nowak and the NGO Panel working on this issue, children detained with incarcerated parents was specifically listed as one of the topics to be included in the Study. It is now important that all civil society actors working on this issue coordinate effectively and contribute the necessary material to ensure that the situation of these children is fully and effectively incorporated into the Study.
All NGOs working on children of incarcerated parents are encouraged to get involved. Here are some ways to participate:
- Join the NGO panel to be part of the coordinated advocacy campaign around the Study;
- Send details and links of any of the following to Catherine Baker at the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) (firstname.lastname@example.org) for inclusion in the Study and upcoming advocacy work:
- Relevant publications and examples of good practice;
- Academics working on this issue who should be included on the Study’s Academic Panel;
- Details of any relevant events in the next two years related to children detained with their parents.