Juvenile Justice


Spotlight on Pakistan amid re-election to UN Human Rights Council

Lahore, Islamabad, October 14, 2020: Pakistan’s re-election into the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday has put the country’s commitment to promoting and protecting human rights under the spotlight for the next three years. Justice Project Pakistan (JPP), Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), Digital Rights Foundation (DRF) and Group Development Pakistan (GDP) congratulate Pakistan for winning a seat with an overwhelming majority, securing 163 votes in the 193-member UN General Assembly. This is an opportunity for the country to reflect on its human rights record, protect the rights of women, children, religious minorities, and other vulnerable and excluded […]


Criminal Responsibility and Pakistani Laws

Wajahat Ali Malik The term criminal responsibility refers to a person’s ability to understand his or her conduct at the time a crime is committed. In other words, what a person is thinking when he commits a crime, or what result is anticipated or expected when a crime is committed. Laws define crimes in terms of an act or omission (actus reas) and a mental state (mens reas), so criminal responsibility relates to the mental state element of a crime. In order to be convicted of a particular crime, there must be proof that the person engaged in the alleged […]


The Juvenile Justice System Act 2018 – An Overview

by Wajahat Ali Malik On May 18 2018, the President of Pakistan approved the Juvenile Justice System Act (JJSA) 2018, which was passed by the Parliament earlier this year. JJSA 2018 overcomes the shortcomings which were present in Juvenile Justice System Ordinance 2000, and provides a much better system for criminal justice and social reintegration for juvenile offenders. The Act defines a child according to the definition of UNCRC as ‘a person who has not attained the age of eighteen years’. JS Act 2018 classifies the criminal offences into following three different categories: 1) Minor, which means an offence for which maximum […]


SPARC Launches Annual State of Pakistan’s Children Report 2016

Islamabad, 27th April 2017: Despite the growing incidences of violence and abuse against children, there still remains a severe absence of the necessary measures that can help protect children. This was stated at the launch of the annual ‘State of Pakistan’s Children’ report, by the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC). Speaking at the event, Sadia Hussain, Executive Director SPARC said: “Children’s rights have long been a neglected issue. While there has been progress in legislation related to child rights, Pakistan still lags behind international standards due to the poor implementation of existing child protection […]


DEATH ROW’S CHILDREN – Pakistan’s Unlawful Executions of Juvenile Offenders

ISLAMABAD, 17 FEBRUARY 2017: The juvenile justice system in Pakistan has failed to protect its juveniles from being sentenced to death, a new report by Justice Project Pakistan finds. Death Row’s Children – Pakistan’s Unlawful Executions of Juvenile Offenders, launched in Islamabad today, documents the fundamental weaknesses in the country’s juvenile justice system including inadequate legislative protections, scant birth registration, and lack of age determination protocols that leads to countless juveniles being sentenced to death and eventually executed.Parliamentarian Asad Umar stated that “below a certain age, you cannot be held accountable for the decisions that you make.” He added that the death penalty […]