This report is part of CRIN's access to justice for children project, looking at the status of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in national law, the status of children involved in legal proceedings, the legal means to challenge violations of children’s rights and the practical considerations involved in challenging violations.
Burundi has ratified the CRC, which forms part of the Constitution, although all provisions have not been incorporated into national law. Children do not have legal standing before courts and can only bring cases to court through their parent or guardian. Legal aid is not available to bring cases challenging children rights' violations, but minors in conflict with the law are entitled to legal counsel, although there appear to be a shortage of court appointed lawyers. NGOs are generally not entitled to bring cases against children rights violations, but can do so in cases of sexual abuses, provided that authorisation from the child's parent or guardian is obtained.