Question of Palestine home || Permalink || About UNISPAL || Search

English (pdf) ||Arabic||Chinese||Français||Русский||Español||



Follow UNISPAL Twitter RSS

UNITED
NATIONS
E

        Economic and Social Council
Distr.
GENERAL
E/CN.4/2005/SR.41
20 April 2005

Original: ENGLISH

COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Sixty-first session

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 41st MEETING

Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva,

on Friday, 8 April 2005, at 3 p.m.

Chairperson: Mr. WIBISONO (Indonesia)

later: Mr. OULD MOHAMED LEMINE (Mauritania)

later: Mr. WIBISONO (Indonesia)

CONTENTS


ORGANIZATION OF THE WORK OF THE SESSION

RIGHTS OF THE CHILD ( continued)


The meeting was called to order at 3 p.m.
...

RIGHTS OF THE CHILD (agenda item 13) (continued ) (E/CN.4/2005/63, 73-77, 78 and Corr.1-2 and Add.1 and Corr.1 and Add. 2-3, and 129; E/CN.4/2005/G/7; E/CN.4/2005/NGO/18, 29, 51, 73, 98, 124, 126, 194, 206, 222, 229, 251, 269, 319, 326 and 337; E/CN.4/Sub.2/2004/34)

...

61. Ms. TROCHU (World Organization against Torture) said that, despite their vulnerability, minors often did not receive the necessary protection against torture. The risk of torture or ill-treatment was particularly high for children in conflict with the law. Despite legal norms imposed on States at the national and international levels, juvenile justice systems did not guarantee children the protection they deserved, particularly when they were being held in detention. Acts of physical, psychological and sexual violence were often committed against children by agents of the State or by other detainees, and minors were often imprisoned with adults and people of the opposite sex, demonstrating a lack of awareness and of implementation of fundamental principles of juvenile justice. Arbitrary arrest and torture were common in countries that were under military occupation, or the scene of armed conflicts, such as Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territory and certain parts of the Russian Federation. In Israel the excessive and frequent use of force by the police and the army against young Palestinians had also been observed. In some countries, the death penalty existed for persons who had committed crimes before the age of 18. All States should abolish the juvenile death penalty in law and in practice. Her organization welcomed the recent decision of the Supreme Court of the United States to abolish the death penalty for criminals who had committed offences before attaining the age of majority, and hoped the United States would soon ratify the Convention on t he Rights of the Child.
The meeting rose at 6 p.m.




Follow UNISPAL RSS Twitter