DCI Beijing Rules 14

Defence for Children International

Beijing Rules


Many of the United Nations rules concerning juveniles

under arrest or awaiting trial reiterate provisions found in global and regional

human rights treaties. The main thrust of the Rules in this area is that

pre-trial detention should only be used after considering alternative measures

such as close supervision, placement with a family or in an educational setting

or home. However, once in detention, juveniles should be kept in a separate

institution from adults or in a separate part of an institution also holding

adults and only for the shortest possible period. While in custody juveniles

should receive all social, educational, vocational, psychological, medical and

physical care taking into account their age, gender and personality.

Adjudication and