n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - The United Nations standard minimum rules for the administration of juvenile justice applied in an African context

Volume 15, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



For many years the detention of children generated concern amongst human rights activists. International bodies, such as the United Nations, took responsibility to draw up guidelines according to which the rights of children should be protected. These rights include the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules on Juvenile Justice, also known as the "Beijing Rules". Owing to the vulnerability of the youth, the topic of juvenile justice is, time and again, resurrected to appear on criminal justice agendas.

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