Access to justice

Strategic litigation (2017 - present)

CRIN has undertaken strategic litigation advocacy, workshopping potential legal cases with other human rights organisations with relevant expertise to identify the challenge with the best chance of success.

CRIN worked on a complaint to the European Committee of Social Rights challenging life imprisonment of children in France in partnership with the Howard League for Penal Reform. As a follow up to this work, CRIN supported a partner organisation’s legal challenge to life imprisonment of children in the United Kingdom, providing them with research and witness statements on international children’s rights standards and comparative law. The case was not successful in the UK’s Court of Appeal, but the organisation intends to bring the challenge before the European Court of Human Rights and CRIN will stay involved as the case develops.

CRIN has also collaborated with a women's rights organisation based in Spain, which is taking cases on behalf of survivors of child sexual abuse, for which we provided research on children's right to be heard to support litigation. We made contact with this organisation in August 2017 at a training on strategic litigation run by the Open Society Justice Initiative and Central European University.

CRIN welcomes opportunities to assist other organisations engaged or interested in pursuing strategic litigation on children’s rights.

Legal advocacy workshops (2011 - present)

CRIN has lead a programme of workshops where legal and non-legal children’s rights advocates meet to discuss and devise legal advocacy strategies for advancing children’s rights. At these events, campaigners address recurring and persistent violations of children's rights in their country or region. Through supported and organised discussion, they examine the options for challenging these violations, identify the legal blockages to improving the situation and create a concrete plan of action for taking legal advocacy forward.

The first of these, a national workshop in Turkey during October 2011, focused inter-alia on corporal punishment and children’s economic and social rights. It has since seen great successes in the follow-up work of its participants who have received funding to continue the work on the plans developed during the workshop. This was followed by a regional workshop in Nepal in May 2013 with participants from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal and Bangladesh which focused inter-alia on juvenile justice and trafficking of children. In January 2015, our workshop took place in Tanzania, with participants from Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya discussing a range of regional persistent violations of children’s rights, including issues such as privatisation of education and ritual killings of children with albinism. In May 2015 we held our latest workshop in Ukraine, where national advocates for children's rights discussed issues of children with disabilities and Roma children as well as violence against children and their access to justice.

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