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Government launches Child Friendly Justice Handbook to protect rights of children in contact with the law

By United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
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The Government of Uganda and UNICEF have today launched a child-friendly justice handbook to guide prosecutors and other actors in the criminal justice system, in handling child-related cases in a child-friendly and gender responsive manner.

The handbook is produced by the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) with technical and financial support from UNICEF as well as financial support from the Justice Law and Order Sector. The UK government provided financial support to the process through UNICEF. The handbook will be used by prosecutors and other state as well as non-state actors and institutions in the criminal justice system. “The handbook is an excellent guide in improving the delivery of justice to children, strengthening child protection structures and helping build a protective environment for children. It will subsequently lead to the rehabilitation and reintegration of children in conflict with the law,” says Mike Chibita, the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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- Is this proposed action in the best interests of the children?

- Does it safeguard their life and survival and actively contribute to their development?

- Is it taking into consideration the needs of all children, without discrimination against particular groups?

- Are there adequate resources available?

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