Detention of children in South Africa: a special report prepared by the ICJ

Document Type: Thematic Report
Date: 1978

The ICJ supports the demand of the South African Institute for Race Relations for the appointment of an independent commission of inquiry to examine a ll aspects of detention without trial in South Africa.

It also urges that the mandate of the commission include an examination o f the practices with respect to, and the conditions of detention of young children.

The evidence of children in detention includes:

  • the numbers
  • age of children, duration of detention and condition of confinement
  • parental access
  • police brutality

There is also a supplement to the special report of July 1978 prepared by the ICJ. The figures reveal that as of June 23, 1978, a total of 806 persons were being detained in South Africa, including 31 children under the age of 18, and 169 school pupils.

South Africa-detention children-report-1978-eng (full text in English, PDF)


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