Promoting and protecting human rights of street children in juvenile justice systems: the law and practice in Uganda

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Kampala International University,School of Law
This study "Promoting and Protecting Human Rights of Street Children in Juvenile Justice Systems: The Law and Practice in Uganda was carried out with different organizations and agencies in Kampala with specific aims to identify the circumstances which give rise to the arrest of street children and the legalities taken into account to protect the rights of children as supported by the juvenile justice system; to investigate the challenges of human rights violations experienced by street children through the juvenile justice system and to suggest possible interventions to curb cases of human rights violations experienced by street children under the juvenile justice system in Uganda. To comprehend this, the study reviewed literature from various scholars on the specific aims as well as different laws from different countries that govern juveniles while brought to justice. The study findings indicated that, street children are arrested because they are found committing crimes, others stubbornly refuse to consent to have committed a particular crime and yet others are held in circumstances of prostitution. The law has tried to bring them to justice but they are unnecessary delays in trial, the facilities at the remand homes are also not adequate, moreover the judiciary is also not well facilitated. The study concluded that, street children have rights just like any other human beings which need to be observed. And with recommendations taken into account, policy reviews will help to put juveniles to fair justice.
A report submitted to the school of law in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of a Bachelors of Laws of Kampala International University
Promoting and protecting, human rights, street children, juvenile justice