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Bangladesh: Court Orders Review of Policy on Child Detention

(Nov. 4, 2010) The High Court of Bangladesh has directed lower court judges to determine whether children detained in jails rather than in juvenile detention facilities should be released immediately on bail. The order requires the government to explain why the children detained in jails should not be transferred to safe homes, and states that it is the responsibility of the Ministry of Social Welfare to keep a child in a safe place if there is no juvenile correction center or safe home available.

This order follows a September 2009 High Court order that asked the government to enact legislation to protect the rights of children recognized in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, either by amending the Children Act, 1974 or enacting a new comprehensive law. (Bangladesh High Court Orders Jailed Children to Safe Homes, DECCAN HERALD (Oct. 26, 2010), http://www.deccanherald.com/content/107648/bangladesh-high-court-orders-
jailed.html
; Children Act, 1974, in YALE LAW SCHOOL, REPRESENTING CHILDREN WORLDWIDE (2005), http://www.law.yale.edu/rcw/rcw/jurisdictions/assc/bangladesh/Bang_Child
_Act_and_Rules.htm
.)