17 May 2010

JSMP Presents Submission to Justice Minister Lobato on Draft Juvenile Justice Law

Timor Post, May 12, 2010 language source: Tetun - The Timorese Judicial System and Monitoring Program (JSMP) has presented its submission on the Draft Law on Juvenile Justice to the Justice Ministry in order to respond demand of Justice Ministry.

The content of the draft law was prioritising the protection of the rights of children and adults when they face conflicts or problems.

JSMP stated in a press release that it was important for the State not to use its power to sentence children engaged in crime, but the Government should create good conditions that should create good conditions that can prevent children from engaging in crime and breaking the law.

JSMP also said that the draft law should benefit children and adults to ensure access to justice for juveniles and it was important to consider their demand as stated in Article No. 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Australian peacekeeper Private Tim Hunt-Smith plays with East Timorese children while on patrol, April 10, 2007 in Dili, East Timor. from Tim Hunt-Smith Pictures

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