Even as you read this, thousands of children are incarcerated in prisons across Africa. I’ll pause to let that sink in. Thousands of children behind bars, deprived of their liberty, victims of a dysfunctional and discriminatory justice system which lets down some of the most vulnerable groups — including girls, disabled children, trafficked children and orphans.

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Viewpoint by Assefa Bequele and Alex Kamarotos*
ADDIS ABABA (IDN) – Let us begin with the positive. Unlike some years back, children are now very much on the political and public agenda in Africa. Every politician loves to talk about them, and the African Union has adopted a charter to protect them and a mechanism to hold governments accountable for the fulfilment of their rights. Even so, the reality on the ground is sombre and sobering.

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Addis Ababa - January 15, 2018 - The Federal Supreme Court children justice office has held a discussion with stakeholders on draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) designed to strengthen children's justice and to deliver multilateral services to children passing through the justice system.

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9 February 2017 - The groups presented extensive expert evidence showing that child victims or offenders who were identified in the media suffered extensive psychological harm.

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27 September 2013 - In 2008, Guinea undertook to promote non-custodial measures for young people in conflict with the law. Five years later, practical application of this decision is virtually nonexistent. The same number of youngsters are still being put into prison for minor crimes. Terre des hommes (Tdh) is working so that the incarceration of youngsters becomes the exception rather than the rule in this poor West African country.

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