DCI Prevention of delinquency

Defence for Children International

United Nations

Guidelines for the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency – Riyadh Guidelines

In conclusion

As we already mentioned in our introduction, the United Nations

Guidelines for the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency are important for several

reasons. The efforts of the United Nations in the field of juvenile justice are

remarkable and challenging. This certainly goes for the so-called Riyadh

Guidelines too.

Indeed, the Guidelines are an expression of recent developments in the

social and judicial approach to children. Children are seen less as objects,

rather as fully-fledged human beings with their own capacities which should be

valued and protected. The claim for the recognition of the human rights of

children is complementing, step by step, child protection.

The human rights issue is as challenging a concept in criminology.

Prevention of crime is no longer restricted to the reactions towards “dangerous”

behaviour or situations; prevention goes as much with the promotion and respect

of human rights (civil, political, social, cultural and economic rights) in

every individual. Here again the Guidelines are showing the way how such a

fundamental starting point can be translated in policy and in practice.

The Riyadh Guidelines are part of a recent but very strong movement for

human rights (of children); their aim goes far beyond prevention of juvenile

delinquency. A fair and just society is, with out any doubt, the best ground and

the first soil for crime.

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