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CHILDREN DEPRIVED OF LIBERTY.

Notes from a Human Rights Watch video based on a UN study on child imprisonment

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Administration of Justice:

Some children are kept in solitary confinement.

UNITED STATES: “It changes you, it hurts you, it makes you depressed…It’s no rehabilitation.”

In some countries, juvenile offenders can be executed.

YEMEN: “They did a test that said I was 15 and a half years old…I’ve been sentenced to death.”

Institutions:

Vulnerable children often end up in institutions instead of family based care.

JAPAN: “Suddenly, I was out in the world, but I didn’t know how to even turn a light on.”

Parents are pressured to place their children with disabilities in institutions.

SERBIA: “…when she’s in an institution, she’s a different child.”

Immigration Detention:

Thousands of children have been separated from their parents at the US border.

“She was taken at YUMA, ARIZONA and I don’t know where she is now.”

Many remain detained while their parents are deported.

GUATEMALA: “He turned eight years old [in detention], locked up like a criminal.”

Living in Prison with their Parents:

As many as 19,000 children are living with their parents in prison.

ITALY: “It’s too much for them, they’re suffering in here.”

Armed Conflict and National Security:

Children are disappeared into government detention facilities.

SYRIA: “Ahmad was a soul and he became a number.”

Ahmad died in detention.

Children are locked up for suspected involvement with Boko Haram.

NIGERIA: “They called us Boko Haram wives. And they locked us up and abandoned us.”

Children are detained and tortured for suspected ISIS membership.

IRAQ: “They covered my eyes and cuffed my hands and tortured me using plastic pipes.”

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APPROXIMATELY 1.5 MILLION CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD ARE DEPRIVED OF LIBERTY EACH YEAR.

DEPRIVING CHILDREN OF LIBERTY IS DEPRIVING THEM OF THEIR CHILDHOOD.

-Human Rights Watch

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This is happening, right now. A mother’s daughter is being repeatedly interrogated by Boko Haram, whilst a father’s son is being tortured into a false confession by ISIS, as we speak. More children’s lives will be taken and more childhoods stolen if we do not spread awareness of the plights of those children deprived of liberty. We have voices and, like Human Rights Watch, we must use them for good: to free the children of today

and

the children of tomorrow.

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Notes from a Human Rights Watch video based on a UN study on child imprisonment. I take NO CREDIT for the translation of their video content to written form. All credit goes to Human Rights Watch. I simply wished to share these raw and heart-breaking stories in a format that is easily readable, to spread further awareness of the issues that child imprisonment poses.

Full video can be found at: https://twitter.com/hrw/status/1191005863131197440

Full article can be found at: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/10/07/global-efforts-needed-free-detained-children

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