DCI – Beijing Rules 2

Defence for Children International

Beijing Rules


The Rules are recommendatory and non-binding per se. Certain of

the principles enunciated within the Rules, however, have been encompassed in

provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a global treaty which

is binding on all States Parties. The Beijing Rules do not prevent the

application of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of

Prisoners adopted in 1955. Those rules should be extended to juveniles in

detention pending adjudication and in institutions and applied in such a way as

to meet the particular needs of juveniles.

The commentary specifically states that the Rules should also be

interpreted and implemented in the light of other existing and emerging human

rights texts, without prejudice to any provision of wider application which may

be contained therein.

Format of the Beijing


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