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The role of international law in the development of children’s rights in South Africa: A children’s rights litigator’s perspective (Chapter 10). Karabo Ngidi

 

United Nations

United Nations Convention On The Rights Of The Child
An international convention that has been ratified by almost all of the nations of the world, including South Africa
 
Committee on the Rights of the Child (United Nations website)
This Committee develops various General Comments relating to the rights of children
 
United Nations Guidelines For The Prevention Of Juvenile Delinquency
A set of international guidelines for nations to guide the prevention of children becoming involved in crime. Also known as the "Riyadh Guidelines"

United Nations Rules For The Protection Of Juveniles Deprived Of Their Liberty
A set of international rules relating to the care and treatment of all children who have been placed in facilities from which they cannot leave at will. Also known as the "JDLs"

United Nations Minimum Rules For The Administration Of Juvenile Justice
A set of international minimum rules for the administration of juvenile justice. Also known as the "Beijing Rules"
 
 

African Charter

African Charter On The Rights And Welfare Of Children
A regional charter ratified by numerous African nations, including South Africa
 
 

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 6 September 2018

Press Release - Supreme Court of Appeal asked to protect the identities of child victims, witnesses and offenders

On Friday, 7 September 2018, the Supreme Court of Appeal will hear a case dealing with the protection of the identities of child victims, witnesses and offenders. The case, initiated by the Centre for Child Law, aims to ensure that child victims of crime, previously not protected by the law, should not have their personal details published in any form of media. Furthermore, that all children involved in criminal cases, whether as victims, witnesses or offenders, should have ongoing protection even after they turn 18. 

This case started when Zephany Nurse discovered, at the age of 17 years and 9 months old, that she had been kidnapped as a baby. She noticed that the media said they would reveal her 'true' identity when she turned 18 years. As she did not want to have her identity revealed, she turned to the Centre for assistance. An urgent High Court application resulted in an order, granted in April 2015, which protected her identity – which remains protected until all appeals in this case are exhausted.

The Centre will argue that the identification of children's identities, before and after they turn 18 years, can have a catastrophic impact on their lives. In order for identity protection for children to be meaningful, it cannot abruptly end when they turn 18.

For more please see the press release below:

Press Release

 

 

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