Monday, March 09th, 2015

The National Society for Democracy and Law (NSDL) organized a workshop entitled “Security of Just Investigation with Juveniles”, within the activities of “Emergency Legal Assistance to the Affected People in Rafah Due to the 2014 War on Gaza Project”, supported by UNDP/PAPP, which provides legal aids to the vulnerable and the affected groups due to Gaza war 2014, by UNDP/PAPP.

Dr. Ibrahim Muammar, chairman, Mr. Yahia Al-Farra, Rafah public prosecutor chief, Mr. Salahuddin Edwan, Mr. Anwar Atya, monitor of juveniles behaviors in Ministry of Social Affairs and a number of lawyers, journalists and reconciliatory figures participated in the workshop.

The lawyer Belal El-Najjar opened the workshop welcoming the guests and the attendance, and talked about the project and its importance, specially for Rafah. Then Dr. Muammar talked about Legal Aid Clinic No.9 and its achievements in providing legal aids to the vulnerable and affected groups since it establishment in 2011. Then Muammar talked about the international standards that approve children’s rights, juveniles’ law project supporting his speech with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989 that approved a basic reference for a several international regulations protect delinquent children, especially the standard rules by UN for juveniles judiciary (Beijing Rules) in 1985 and UN principles for preventing juvenile delinquency (Riyadh Guidelines) in 1990, and UN rules for protecting juveniles who lack their freedom which include juveniles in prisons and any juvenile contrasted with law. Rules of juveniles’ protection have legislated a very important principle to protect juveniles who lack freedom; it must be applied as soon as possible.

From his part, Mr. Atya talked about and identified juveniles, as he clarified that juveniles are unaccountable under the age of 18 children, lack sound of judgment, and they represent about 1/5 of the population. Then he talked about juvenile delinquency that affects the society, domestic disputes, family disintegration that are the main reason of juvenile delinquency in addition to the bad economic conditions, the increase of poverty and unemployment rates that lead juveniles to involve themselves in plunders and robberies. Then he added that those delinquent juveniles are victims of family disintegration, and it is a must to save them. He also added that Al-Rabi’ Foundation for Social Welfare that cares about delinquent juveniles includes metal, carpentry workshops in addition to social, psychological healthy and religious advisors.

At the end of his speech, Mr. Atya stressed on some recommendations authorities must take in consider which are legislating new regulations in the interests of juveniles where are special police, prosecutor and judiciary, and there is a mutual cooperation with the ministries considered in juveniles’ integration with the society.

Mr. Edwan talked about the law of delinquent juveniles and Article (26) in Law number (2) in 1937 AD, which prohibits the admixture of juveniles with adult prisoners, and the juvenile may released with a recognizance except three conditions; committing murdering crime, being in the interest of inspection and may his/her communicate with anyone affects justice.

Then he illustrated that once a juvenile commit a crime, they notify behavior monitor, and there is a special room for detaining juveniles in Rafah police station until police refer them to Al-Rabi’ Foundation.

Mr. Al-Farra talked about juvenile delinquency organized by Law number (2) in 1937 AD and Palestinian Children Law, and he illustrated that whole people who are less than 18 years are children, and whatever crimes juveniles do, they have securities and rights, and mentioned that inspection with a juvenile must not be conducted with the presence of a behavior monitor, and if there was not, there must be a lawyer or one of his parents being as guardian of the juvenile.

Then he added that the juvenile must be totally free in talking, law prohibited torturing juveniles, they have special consideration, and it its a must to separate juveniles from adult prisoners. And ended his speech saying that Al-Rabi’ Foundation has a special court but it is not activated until now, and Public Prosecution works on selecting specialists in inspecting and dealing with juveniles, and law secures rights of juveniles to just trials, and mentioned that articles  of Labour Law stipulated on preventing children who are less than 15 years to work and work conditions must not affect his/her health.

At the end of the workshop, the attendance raised questions and inquires. Mr. Ibrahim Kabaja talked about SOS Children’s Village in Rafah and its criteria to accept children, and he talked about Secure House for Women’s Social Welfare.

Mrs. Suad Al-Mashni, the lawyer of the legal aid clinic asked about the role of Public Prosecution in dealing with domestic disputes and disputes on children, and how to deal with abduction may father or mother is accused in.

Chief Prosecutor answered the question saying that the Public Prosecution deals with special regular complaints referred to Public Relations Department and reconciliatory figures and in case of violating of legislated verdicts as a chances for reconciliation between families.

The raised recommendations are as follows:

  • Organizing legal awareness raising workshops about children rights for paterfamilias.
  • Activating the special court of juveniles in Al-Rabi’ Foundation for Social Welfare.
  • Selecting and training efficient inspectors in inspecting and dealing with juveniles.
  • Working on legislating new regulations secures just trials for juveniles and rehabilitating and integrating them in the society.
  • Working on opening branches for Al-Rabi’ Foundation for Social Welfare in whole Gaza Strip governorates.

At the end of the meeting, the society thanked the attendance and their concern to aware people and their promotion to rule of law in order to achieve justice.

Monday, March 09th, 2015

The National Society for Democracy and Law (NSDL) organized a workshop entitled “Security of Just Investigation with Juveniles”, within the activities of “Emergency Legal Assistance to the Affected People in Rafah Due to the 2014 War on Gaza Project”, supported by UNDP/PAPP, which provides legal aids to the vulnerable and the affected groups due to Gaza war 2014, by UNDP/PAPP.

Dr. Ibrahim Muammar, chairman, Mr. Yahia Al-Farra, Rafah public prosecutor chief, Mr. Salahuddin Edwan, Mr. Anwar Atya, monitor of juveniles behaviors in Ministry of Social Affairs and a number of lawyers, journalists and reconciliatory figures participated in the workshop.

The lawyer Belal El-Najjar opened the workshop welcoming the guests and the attendance, and talked about the project and its importance, specially for Rafah. Then Dr. Muammar talked about Legal Aid Clinic No.9 and its achievements in providing legal aids to the vulnerable and affected groups since it establishment in 2011. Then Muammar talked about the international standards that approve children’s rights, juveniles’ law project supporting his speech with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989 that approved a basic reference for a several international regulations protect delinquent children, especially the standard rules by UN for juveniles judiciary (Beijing Rules) in 1985 and UN principles for preventing juvenile delinquency (Riyadh Guidelines) in 1990, and UN rules for protecting juveniles who lack their freedom which include juveniles in prisons and any juvenile contrasted with law. Rules of juveniles’ protection have legislated a very important principle to protect juveniles who lack freedom; it must be applied as soon as possible.

From his part, Mr. Atya talked about and identified juveniles, as he clarified that juveniles are unaccountable under the age of 18 children, lack sound of judgment, and they represent about 1/5 of the population. Then he talked about juvenile delinquency that affects the society, domestic disputes, family disintegration that are the main reason of juvenile delinquency in addition to the bad economic conditions, the increase of poverty and unemployment rates that lead juveniles to involve themselves in plunders and robberies. Then he added that those delinquent juveniles are victims of family disintegration, and it is a must to save them. He also added that Al-Rabi’ Foundation for Social Welfare that cares about delinquent juveniles includes metal, carpentry workshops in addition to social, psychological healthy and religious advisors.

At the end of his speech, Mr. Atya stressed on some recommendations authorities must take in consider which are legislating new regulations in the interests of juveniles where are special police, prosecutor and judiciary, and there is a mutual cooperation with the ministries considered in juveniles’ integration with the society.

Mr. Edwan talked about the law of delinquent juveniles and Article (26) in Law number (2) in 1937 AD, which prohibits the admixture of juveniles with adult prisoners, and the juvenile may released with a recognizance except three conditions; committing murdering crime, being in the interest of inspection and may his/her communicate with anyone affects justice.

Then he illustrated that once a juvenile commit a crime, they notify behavior monitor, and there is a special room for detaining juveniles in Rafah police station until police refer them to Al-Rabi’ Foundation.

Mr. Al-Farra talked about juvenile delinquency organized by Law number (2) in 1937 AD and Palestinian Children Law, and he illustrated that whole people who are less than 18 years are children, and whatever crimes juveniles do, they have securities and rights, and mentioned that inspection with a juvenile must not be conducted with the presence of a behavior monitor, and if there was not, there must be a lawyer or one of his parents being as guardian of the juvenile.

Then he added that the juvenile must be totally free in talking, law prohibited torturing juveniles, they have special consideration, and it its a must to separate juveniles from adult prisoners. And ended his speech saying that Al-Rabi’ Foundation has a special court but it is not activated until now, and Public Prosecution works on selecting specialists in inspecting and dealing with juveniles, and law secures rights of juveniles to just trials, and mentioned that articles  of Labour Law stipulated on preventing children who are less than 15 years to work and work conditions must not affect his/her health.

At the end of the workshop, the attendance raised questions and inquires. Mr. Ibrahim Kabaja talked about SOS Children’s Village in Rafah and its criteria to accept children, and he talked about Secure House for Women’s Social Welfare.

Mrs. Suad Al-Mashni, the lawyer of the legal aid clinic asked about the role of Public Prosecution in dealing with domestic disputes and disputes on children, and how to deal with abduction may father or mother is accused in.

Chief Prosecutor answered the question saying that the Public Prosecution deals with special regular complaints referred to Public Relations Department and reconciliatory figures and in case of violating of legislated verdicts as a chances for reconciliation between families.

The raised recommendations are as follows:

  • Organizing legal awareness raising workshops about children rights for paterfamilias.
  • Activating the special court of juveniles in Al-Rabi’ Foundation for Social Welfare.
  • Selecting and training efficient inspectors in inspecting and dealing with juveniles.
  • Working on legislating new regulations secures just trials for juveniles and rehabilitating and integrating them in the society.
  • Working on opening branches for Al-Rabi’ Foundation for Social Welfare in whole Gaza Strip governorates.

At the end of the meeting, the society thanked the attendance and their concern to aware people and their promotion to rule of law in order to achieve justice.

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