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Yannick van den Brink participates in live webinar ‘Pre-Trial Detention of Children in India’

On 27 January 2020, Dr Yannick van den Brink, Assistant Professor at the Department of Child Law, participated in a live webinar titled ‘Pre-Trial Detention of Children in India’.

Children in pre-trial detention often wait for months to have their cases resolved by a judge and are often placed in inadequate facilities that lack developmentally appropriate services and basic protection. In particular, a number of worrying trends regarding child pre-trial detention have been observed in India’s youth justice system that deserve more attention.

During the webinar, Van den Brink presented the relevant international children’s rights framework regarding pre-trial detention of children, which was followed by a presentation of empirical data concerning pre-trial detention practices across the globe by Douglas Keillor (founder of Juvenile Justice Advocates International’s founder, Mexico City).

The two other speakers, Justice Madan B. Lokur (former Justice of the Supreme Court of India) and Bharti Ali (director of the HAQ Centre for Children’s Rights, New Delhi), thoroughly addressed the current situation of the use of pre-trial detention of children in India.

Overall, the webinar discussed the need for reform of the youth justice system and the reduction of the use of pre-trial detention of children in India. Practitioners and advocates from India and around the world attended the webinar via live-stream.

The webinar can be watched via this link.

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