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Ill-Treatment of Children in Romania

Reports continue to emerge from Romania of ill-treatment of children including. In most cases, the children have allegedly been ill-treated while being restrained by police officers during arrest or in custody. This might represent a violation of Romania's international treaty obligations including the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, as well as Article 37 (a) of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states that no child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Furthermore, this might represent a violation of the 1985 UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Administration of Juvenile Justice (the Beijing Rules); the 1990 United Nations Rules for the Protection of Juveniles Deprived of their Liberty and the 1990 United Nations Guidelines for the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency (the Riyadh Guidelines). This is a serious human rights problem which the Romanian authorities have failed adequately to address.

AI INDEX: EUR 39/005/2002 5 September 2002

 

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