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By Damon Barrett

This quantity constitutes a statement on Article 33 of the United international locations conference at the Rights of the kid. it really is a part of the sequence, "A statement at the United countries conference at the Rights of the Child", which supplies a piece of writing through article research of all sizeable, organizational and procedural provisions of the CRC and its non-compulsory Protocols. for each article, a comparability with comparable human rights provisions is made, by means of an in-depth exploration of the character and scope of kingdom tasks deriving from that article. The sequence constitutes a necessary instrument for actors within the box of kid's rights, together with teachers, scholars, judges, grassroots employees, governmental, non- governmental and foreign officials. The sequence is subsidized via the Belgian Federal technological know-how coverage place of work.

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Involvement in the drug trade, and indeed, drug use, brings many children and young people into contact with criminality and the criminal justice system. Many suffer violence and abuse at the hands of gangs and other young people, but also law enforcement and personnel in detention facilities. All such abuse must, of course, be investigated, and those responsible held to account.  For children and young people who do come into contact with the criminal justice system, juvenile justice standards must be applied, including detention as a measure of last resort, and the right to a fair trial in a childfriendly justice system—often denied in the context of detention for drug dependence ‘treatment’ or ‘sweeps’ of street children.

For example, legal age restrictions on harm reduction services (de facto discriminatory in themselves) can result in service providers not asking clients their age in order to provide them with assistance.  in a healthy and normal manner and in conditions of freedom and dignity’. Within this context addressing drug use among children and young people is a priority. But as we explore below, it is important to distinguish between drug dependence and recreational drug use. The latter is becoming an ever more normal aspect of life for many adolescents and young adults.

It is not, of course, appropriate. 147 See for example Handyside v UK, Eur Ct HR, App No. 5493/72, 1976; and Observer and Guardian v UK, Eur Ct HR, App No. 13585/88. 1991. 149 But treatment, rehabilitation and harm reduction programmes have not generally been designed around young people. 150 Children who may be especially vulnerable are those who are street-involved or without adequate parental care. Legislative, administrative, social and educational measures aimed at these root causes are vital.

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