Defence for Children International
UN Rules for Protection
APPLICATION OF THE RULES
The Rules apply to all juveniles. A juvenile is any person under the age
deprivation of liberty?
A deprivation of liberty is any form of detention or imprisonment or the
placement of a person in a public or private custodial setting from which a
person under the age of 18 is not permitted to leave at will, by order of any
judicial, administrative or other public authority. Hence the Rules apply to
juveniles deprived of their liberty as a result of the penal law and also to
those under 18 deprived of liberty in health and welfare placements.
purpose of the Rules?
The Rules are intended to counteract the detrimental effects of
deprivation of liberty by ensuring respect for the human rights of juveniles.
They serve as an internationally accepted framework within which states can
regulate the deprivation of liberty of all those under 18.