Posts in category Youth Justice

Time to End Carding

Time to End Carding
DCI President Agnes Samler, wrote an opinion piece regarding the carding of Toronto’s youth by police officers. Her letter was published in the Reader’s Letter section of the Toronto Star on October 5th. Click here to be directed to the Toronto Star website or scroll below to read the letter in it’s entirety. Devastating [...]

Ashley Smith

Ashley Smith
Dr. Porter made an astonishing finding in her ruling that the videotapes showing Ashley Smith being forcibly injected with tranquilizers, taunted by professional staff, and strapped to a gurney without food or water cannot be considered essential evidence at the inquiry into the causes of her death.   Ashley could still be alive if she had be [...]


The natural agency for the development and training of children and youth is the family.   The UN.Convention on the Rights of the Child was a heroic effort to provide a framework for the healthy development of young people in every culture.  The present initiatives of the Canadian Government are heretical and unfortunate attempts to re-impose [...]

April, 2009 issue of the DCI Juvenile...

April, 2009 issue of the DCI Juvenile Justice Newsletter
The DCI International Secretariat has released the April, 2009 issue of the Juvenile Justice Newsletter. A copy can be downloaded here: Juvenile Justice Newsletter – April 2009 Issue (April, 2009) ( 1.2 MB / 11 pages) . . Ducove Peta satelit dunia .

DCI Submission to the UN Human Rights...

DCI Submission to the UN Human Rights Council
. Children’s Rights in Juvenile Justice: Time to Bridge the Gap between Rights and Reality Joint written statement submitted by Defence for Children International (DCI), a non-governmental organisation in special consultative status and the World Organisation against Torture (OMCT), a non-governmental organisation in special consultativ [...]

DCI-Canada responds to proposed legis...

DCI-Canada responds to proposed legislation to unify the youth justice system in Ontario
On December 1, 2008, DCI-Canada appeared before the Ontario Legislature, Standing Committee on Social Policy to comment on proposed legislation that will unify the youth justice system in Ontario. Bill 103, Child and Family Services Statute Law  Amendment Act, 2008 was introduced in the Ontario Legislature on September 29, 2008. Our submissi [...]

DCI-Canada responds to proposed chang...

DCI-Canada responds to proposed changes to the Youth Criminal Justice Act
TORONTO, March 3, 2008—DCI-Canada today released its position paper on Bill C-25, An Act to Amend the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Bill C-25 was introduced in the House of Commons on November 19, 2007 by the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. Bill C-25 passed second reading on February 4, 2008 and [...]

Joint letter to Prime Minister Stephe...

Joint letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper urging the repatriation of Omar Kadhr
. . July 18, 2008 The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario  K18 0A2 Dear Prime Minister: Defence for Children International (DCI) is a non-governmental organisation that has been active in the field of children’s rights for over 25 years. We are contacting you today to express o [...]

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