Review of the activities of QUNO in 2012.
Peace & Disarmament
Geneva's newsletter from January to March 2013. Featured stories:
- QUNO engagement with climate talks
- Natural resources, conflict and cooperation
- Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners
- Highlights from QUNO New York
This submission highlights the effects of imprisonment of a parent on mental health of children. It was submitted jointly by Friends World Committee for Consultation (Quakers) and the International Catholic Child Bureau (BICE) to the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council.
Geneva's newsletter from September to December 2012. Featured stories:
- Supporting children of prisoners
- World food security
- After the Millenium Development Goals
- Highlights from QUNO New York
- News in brief and publications
This submission welcomes the UN Secretary General’s report on the death penalty, in which the children of sentenced persons are recognized. It updates states about recent QUNO efforts to highlight the effects of parental execution or sentencing on children.
Geneva's newsletter from May to August 2012. Featured stories:
- Water, conflict and cooperation
- Conscientious objection to military service
- Highlights from QUNO New York
- News in brief
- Children of parents sentenced to death: New work at QUNO Geneva
A short briefing paper giving more detail into the history of QUNOs work on children of incarcerated parents, and more specifically on children of parents sentenced to death.
The first time a UN body considered the question children with parents in prison was in September 2011, in a Committee on the Rights of the Child day of general discussion on the topic. This paper details the issues, good practice and recommendations relating to children of prisoners that emerged from that day of general discussion.
This publication arose out of QUNO’s wider work on the question of women in prison and children of prisoner’s. The study looks at children of incarcerated parents as individuals unto themselves, rather than as extensions of their parents, and therefore adopts a child’s rights approach. The Revised Draft Framework is a comprehensive exploration of the relevant child rights issues throughout the criminal justice process, from a parent’s arrest or detention to release following imprisonment. Examples of potential good practice, as well as relevant international/regional standards are included.
See also the following oral statement to the 14th session of the Human Rights Council.
In this submission to 19th session of the Human Rights Council, QUNO highlights the risks to physical and mental well-being faced by children of incarcerated parents. It recalls general principles to be kept in mind when considering and/or interacting with these children. Finally, it highlights potential examples of good practice.
See also the written statement on the same subject issued the previous year (2011).
One of the first QUNO publications to deal exclusively with the question of children whose parents are sentenced to death, paving the way for other documents in the same series. This paper raises awareness of some of the issues facing such children. It considers and elaborates on these issues in as much detail as the literature available at the time permitted, and highlights directions for future study.
Review of the activities of QUNO in 2011.
In 2011, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child held a Day of General Discussion on the issue of children of incarcerated parents, marking the first time that this issue had been discussed substantively anywhere within the UN system. This Briefing Paper provides a brief synopsis of the Day of General Discussion.
See also Collateral Convicts: Recommendations and Good Practice, and the related Exhibition.
QUNO Geneva Newsletter for July 2011 to October 2011. Featured stories:
- Sustainability: Inspiration for QUNO from Britain Yearly Meeting Gathering
- REDD - Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation
- News from QUNO New York
- Engaging with Civil Society: Voices on Armed Violence in the Balkans
- News in Brief
- If My Parents Go to Prison, What Happens to Me?
Countries / Regions:
An exhibition by the NGO Group for the Committee on the Rights of the Child, focusing on “the often neglected issue of children of incarcerated parents. It includes drawings and quotes by children from across the world and highlights local initiatives that address the issue and seek to fulfill the rights of children whose parents are incarcerated.”
In this statement to the 16th session of the Human Rights Council, Quakers welcome the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the Bangkok Rules, calling on States to ensure they are appropriately disseminated. The statement also welcomes the Committee on the Rights of the Child having decided to dedicate the 2011 Day of General Discussion to the theme of “children of incarcerated parents.”
See also the written statement on the same subject issued a year later.
The Bangkok Rules supplement a set of international standards on the treatment of prisoners – The UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners and the UN Standard Minimum Rules for Non-custodial Measures (‘Tokyo Rules’). The Bangkok Rules address the needs and characteristics of women in the criminal justice system. QUNO and Penal Reform International participated in the development of the Bangkok Rules, and issued this Briefing to encourage their dissemination and implementation.
QUNO Geneva's newsletter for November 2010 to January 2011. Featured stories:
- About the year-in-review issue
- From Policy-makers to Practitioners: Disarmament and Peace 2010
- From Seeds to Sustainability: Global Economic Issues 2010
- From Prisons to Protection :Human Rights and Refugees 2010
- Update from QUNO New York
- QUNO Summer School 2011
- Staff Update
QUNO Geneva's newsletter for July to October 2010. Featured stories:
- The Dangerous Lure of "Climate Change and ..."
- BMS 4: Modest progress on Small Arms
- Children of Prisoners on the Agenda at the UN
- Stalemated Conference on Disarmament Under Scrutiny
- Conscientious Objection: Amicus brief
- Update from QUNO New York: The Trouble with Elections
- Staff Changes
Several international and national NGOs, together with experts, requested that the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) consider dedicating its 2011 Day of General Discussion to the issue of Children of Imprisoned Parents. This document is the actual text of their proposal to the CRC. It includes a statement of the problem of children of imprisoned parents, and suggestions on what the content of the Day of General Discussion could include.