14 January 2014 - In Burkina Faso, delinquent juveniles are usually given prison sentences although, according to the Convention of Child Rights, depriving a minor of his liberty should be a measure of last resort and limited to exceptional cases.

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7 May 2013 - The deputy Attorney General, Pascoal António Joaquim, recognised on Tuesday in Lubango city, southern Huíla province the need for the creation of premises for accommodating criminal minors

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It is internationally agreed that the rationale behind trying children in juvenile courts and committing them to children detention facilities or prison is not punitive, but to convert and enable them to reintegrate in society upon their release.

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Across many countries in Africa, thousands of young people are imprisoned without access to proper nutrition, education or healthcare, and once released, there is often little, if any, support to help them reform and reintegrate.  Aid groups are making headway to improve one youth detention center in Senegal, though the problems faced by administrators have not gone away.

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Monday, 16 January 2012 10:58

UGANDA: 161 Children in Prison for No Crime

 

Similar to other children her age, 10-year-old Sylvia Nyiraseggiyava wanted to become a doctor after her education. She enjoyed education at Kamengo Primary School and lived a normal childhood until her life's time clock momentarily stalled.

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The country's first prison for young offenders will start functioning this year (2012), revealed last Sunday, in Luanda, the Minister of the Interior, Sebastião Martins.

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Child rights activists have expressed concern over the stagnation of a juvenile justice law in Somalia's self-declared independent Republic of Somaliland, where officials say an average of 200 children are detained every month by police.

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Children, whose mothers are serving various sentences in Arua government prison, are facing tough times due to lack of proper beddings, food and medication, a child rights activist has said.

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Parents with children serving prison sentences have been requested to visit them more frequently and contribute towards their rehabilitation process.

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South Africa has opened its first unit for imprisoned mothers and their children who are below the age of two.

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