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Friday, 29 January 2016 12:24

Global report highlights children's rights

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world report 2016The Human Rights Watch World Report 2016 is the 26th edition of human rights reviews in more than 90 countries. Among the featured essays in the 659-page report are "Ending Child Marriage" by Nisha Varia and "Children Behind Bars: The Global Overuse of Detention of Children" by Michael Garcia Bochenek.

"A UN study expected to be finalized in 2017 promises to put international focus on the detention of children and hopefully result in more systematic monitoring of abusive practices, increased compliance with international standards, and a dramatic reduction in the number of children deprived of their liberty," writes Bochenek.

"But governments need not wait for this report; they can and should act now to establish genuine alternatives to detention and ensure that those children who must be detained are held in humane conditions and benefit from schooling, health services, recreational opportunities, and contact with the outside world."

Read ""Children Behind Bars: The Global Overuse of Detention of Children" from the Human Rights Watch World Report 2016 and download The Human Rights Watch World Report 2016 in full.