Children's Rights

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Table of Contents:

  1. Summary and Recommendations

  2. Torture During Police Interrogation
  3. Violence in Detention
  4. Capital Punishment
  5. Police Violence Against Street Children
  6. Violence in the Schools
  7. Violence in the Workplace
  8. Orphanages

  9. Children and Armed Conflict
  10. Impunity
  11. Legal Standards
  12. Conclusion
  13. Detailed Recommendations
  14. Previous Human Rights Watch Publications Cited in this Report

September 2001

Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world.

We stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice.

We investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable.

We challenge governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law.

We enlist the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all.


Written by Jo Becker, advocacy director of the Children’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, drawing on previously published Human Rights Watch reports, with contributions by Michael Bochenek, counsel to the Children’s Rights Division. Editors: Lois Whitman, executive director of the Children’s Rights Division; Joanne Csete, director, HIV/AIDS and Human Rights Program; Michael McClintock, deputy program director of Human Rights Watch; and Wilder Taylor, legal and policy director. Photo editor: Shalu Rozario. Book Design: Melinda Moore.