The Rights of Juvenile Suspects under International Law

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Major human rights treaties, international criminal law documents and other instruments recognize that juvenile suspects need to be treated distinctly within any criminal investigation or prosecution. This post explores different human rights protections extended to children who may be suspects in a criminal proceeding. The treatment of children within penal systems of various nations is relevant in many different contexts, but has arisen most recently in the context of maritime piracy prosecutions involving juvenile suspects, where children may be the subject of pre- and post-trial detention and/or criminal proceedings. The discussion and recommendations explored in this post will focus on the prosecution of maritime piracy suspects, but these recommendations are applicable more generally and should concern all types of criminal proceedings initiated against children.


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