CHAD: Access to justice for children


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.

Chad has ratified the CRC, which takes precedence over Chadian legislation, with the exception of the Constitution. The CRC has not been incorporated in a comprehensive national legal instrument yet. Children do not have legal standing before courts and can only bring cases or participate as victims (partie civile) in Criminal proceedings through their parent or guardian. Legal aid is available theoretically, but is effectively not implemented. The National Human Rights Commission has the power to review individual violations, but is not currently using that capacity. Finally, only about 20% of judicial decisions are enforced.

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