Arrest and detention of children accused of public violence

The Zimbabwe National Council for the Welfare of Children (ZNCWC) on behalf of the Child Rights Coalition in Zimbabwe is deeply concerned with reports and evidence on the arrest and detention of children accused of public violence.

Evidence gathered from our member organisations working on the ground shows that children have been arrested and detained without following the international and local standards that uphold children’s rights as enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC), Constitution of Zimbabwe Section 81 and the Children’s Act. The ages of the children arrested range from 9 to 17 years.

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