At African Confab, a Call for Justice for Children – Los Angeles Sentinel | Los Angeles Sentinel

Children are very much on the political and public agenda in Africa today. The African Union has adopted a charter to protect them and a mechanism to hold governments accountable for the fulfilment of their rights. Even so, the reality on the ground is somber and sobering.

The number of child prisoners in Africa is in the thousands, and may even be as high as 28,000.

Against this background, children’s rights defenders, campaigners, lawyers, academics, journalists, ministers, policy-makers and law-makers are gathering this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the Continental Conference on Access to Justice for Children in Africa.

A new report – “Spotlighting the invisible: Access to Justice for Children in Africa” – reveals how children across the continent are denied access to justice…

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