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ERIC Number: ED449916
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
Pages: 46
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Rights of the Child in Burundi.
Feller, Markus
This report to the United Nations (U.N.) Committee on the Rights of the Child contains observations of the World Organisation against Torture (OMCT) concerning the application of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by Burundi. The report is presented in seven parts. Part 1 outlines preliminary observations regarding Burundi's ratification of the Convention, noting that the government omitted important information in their report to the Committee on the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Part 2 presents general observations on the situation of children in Burundi, asserting that torture seems to be a systematic practice within the country, with evidence for violations of children's rights by rebel forces, the police and armed forces, and by family members. Part 3 of the report provides definitions of "child." Part 4 details protections against torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, including the definition of torture in international law and Burundi's legal framework. Part 5 concerns children in conflict with the law, presenting information on the age of penal responsibility, policy custody, and procedures related to the death penalty, life imprisonment, children's complaints, independence of the judiciary, validity of confessions obtained under torture, detention with adults, and medical examinations during detention. Part 6 of the report notes concern with ethnic tensions in Burundi between the Hutu and Tutsi, and describes refugee camp and regroupment sites. Following OMTC conclusions, the report presents a summary of observations and recommendations by the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child--Burundi, in the following areas: positive aspects, factors and difficulties impeding the implementation of the Convention, principal subjects of concern, and suggestions and recommendations. (KB)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), Geneva (Switzerland).
Identifiers - Location: Burundi
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child