The ICJ submitted observations in a case brought with Forum for Human Rights, against the Czech Republic, in defense of children in the juvenile justice system.
In this case, the ICJ and Forum for Human Rights argue that the Czech Republic fails to ensure equal legal protection and participation of children below the age of criminal responsibility in the pre-trial stage of juvenile justice procedures.
The ICJ and FORUM submit that serious systemic flaws in the Czech juvenile justice system deprive a specific group of particularly vulnerable individuals – children below the age of criminal responsibility – of an adequate level of social protection and leave them at risk of inappropriate or unfair procedures leading to arbitrary punitive measures, in violation of Article 17 of the European Social Charter, both alone and read in conjunction with the principle of equality in the preamble to the Charter.
This situation concerns more than one thousand children every year and as a matter of urgency, it requires a structured response.
CzechRepublic-ECSR-juvenilejustice-legalsubmission2-ENG-2017 (download the submission)