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General Comment No. 1 (article 30 of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child) on: “Children of incarcerated and imprisoned parents and primary caregivers”

Type :
South African reference documents
Author :
The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child
Published :
2013
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The Committee recognizes that children face many violations of their rights under the African Children’s Charter when their parents and/or primary caregivers come into conflict with the law. Through its consideration of States Parties’ Reports, and other activities falling within its mandate, the African committee has become aware that children can be affected by both the stigma of their parent or primary caregiver’s involvement with the criminal justice system as well as by the trauma of separation caused by arrest, pre-trial detention and imprisonment. In recognition of the importance and invisibility of the issue of children affected by the incarceration of their parents/ primary caregivers, the African Committee decided to prepare its first General Comment on this issue  - More