Agenda & Presentations


Human Rights of Children deprived of liberty:
Improving Monitoring Mechanisms
15th February 2016 - Brussels (Belgium)


Introductory Speeches


    • Mr Mykola GNATOVSKYY, President of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT); Chair of the Conference

    • Mr Rudy DEMOTTE, Minister-President of the Brussels-Walloon Federation, in charge of children's rights

    • Mrs Margaret TUITE, Commission's coordinator for the rights of the child

Children's rights in the policy of the European Commission

    • Mrs Livia STOICA, Programme Officer, Children's Rights Division, CoE

Children's rights in the policy of the Council of Europe

Introduction to the Conference - Presentation of the CRBB project

    • Mr Benoit VAN KEIRSBILCK, Director of DCI-Belgium

CRBB Project, Objectives & Programme of the Conference

    • Mrs Andrea SALCEDO, Projects Officer at DCI-Belgium

Presentation of the Photo exhibition "LOOKING THROUGH BARS"


Deprivation of liberty of children : Context, Conditions and Treatment

    • Mr Philip D. JAFFÉ, psychologist, expert on child-development related issues and interviews with children. Director of the Children's Rights Center at the University of Geneva

Psychological context of deprivation of liberty of children

    • Mr Juan E. MENDEZ, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (SRT) (video)

Prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment

    • Mrs Ann-Kristin VERVIK of the Office of Mrs Marta SANTOS PAIS, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children (SRSG)

Preventing and addressing violence against children deprived of liberty, with particular focus on girls

    • Mr Michael BOCHENEK, Human Rights Watch

Children Behind Bars - The Global Overuse of Detention of Children

    • Mrs Ileana Bello, Executive Director at Defence for Children International (DCI) - International Secretariat

Global Study on children deprived of liberty


Role and action of the European Parliament in the implementation of children's rights


    • Mrs Caterina CHINNICI, Member of the European Parliament; Co-chair of the Intergroup on children's rights

The EU Parliamentarians

Practical Guide: Monitoring Places where children are deprived of liberty


    • Mrs Sarah GRANDFILS, coordinator of the project CRBB, DCI-Belgium

Conception, Content & Use


International Monitoring and Complaint Mechanisms


    • Mr Pierre-Yves ROSSET, Children's rights Officer at DCI-Belgium

Global overview of the Monitoring and Complaint Mechanisms at the UN level


    • Mr Antonius VAN KALMTHOUT, 2nd Vice-President of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture, Former Professor in Penitentiary Law and Migration Law, Tilburg University

The CoE Bodies: the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT), the Human Rights Commissioner, the European Court of Human Rights


National Monitoring Mechanisms


    • Mrs Anne-Sophie BONNET of the Office of Mrs Adeline HAZAN, Contrôleure Générale des lieux de privation de liberté - CGLPL (France)

National prevention mechanisms (NPMs)


    • Mr Bernard DE VOS, Délégué Général aux droits de l'enfant - DGDE (Belgium)

Ombudsperson for Children


    • Mrs Katarzyna WISNIEWSKA, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (Poland)

Civil Society monitoring


    • Mrs Alfons VANHEUSDEN, Human Rights Advisor at the Cabinet of the Belgian Minister of Justice



    • Mr Benoit VAN KEIRSBILCK, Director of DCI-Belgium

Closure & Follow-up


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About the project

"Children's Rights Behind Bars" aims at improving the implementation of international juvenile justice standards to protect the rights and needs of children deprived of their liberty.

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