EUROPE: Children deprived of liberty in Central and Eastern Europe - Between legacy and reform

This study by the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee provides a systematic overview of the closed institutions where children are deprived of liberty, including those for children with imposed criminal sanctions and children placed in institutions for other purposes (educational supervision, medical treatment, immigration control, etc) in Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Romania. It provides an up-to-date picture regarding the situation in these Central and Eastern European countries, evaluating the compliance of national legislation with international standards both in law and in practice. 

The project sets the basis for an in-depth discussion on the implementation of future policies and reforms in the field of juvenile justice. It also demonstrates the need for developing a comprehensive common strategy on juvenile justice within the European Union to fully ensure the protection of this particularly vulnerable sector of the population (minors and young people, frequently belonging to groups at risk of social exclusion). 

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