18.11.2016 - News

Restorative justice for children promoted by Ibero-American heads of state

The Ibero-American Declaration on Restorative Juvenile Justice, launched by Terre des hommes and signed by ministers of justice got the support of the Ibero-American heads of state of around 20 countries in Latin America. The support from the highest political level shows these states are committed to the restorative approach* to justice for children.

“This step is essential for the development of restorative justice and for Tdh,” says Fabrice Crégut, Justice for Children Advisor at Terre des hommes (Tdh).

The political support for the Declaration coming from the Ibero-American heads of state should ensure compliance with all the necessary elements that enable the implementation of restorative justice at all legislative and procedural levels related to children in conflict with the law in Latin America.

Our Justice for Children experts have developed projects in restorative justice for children since 1996. The long-term objective was to put an end to violence and delinquency. “The restorative justice approach lacks recognition even though it could be a solution to the problem of endemic and lethal violence in Latin America” declared Fabrice Crégut.

Tdh as the main implementation actor

As the organisation that came up with the initiative, Tdh is the main partner for the reform and implementation of the Ibero-American Declaration on Restorative Juvenile Justice.

There will be a number of regional workshops that will allow both the integration of other actors into the initiative - especially Ibero-American bars and attorneys - and the drafting of a roadmap to implement the Declaration.

“It’s a big success for our Foundation and a beautiful challenge for the future” added Victor Herrero, Justice for Children Advisor for Latin America at Tdh.

Learn more about the restorative justice approach

Juvenile justice at Terre des hommes (video)

*Restorative justice is an alternative approach to a prison sentence, where reparation of the damage caused by the actor is important.

Photo credit: © Tdh / Drawlio Joca