In 2004, the Committee on the Rights of the Child, which
monitors compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, expressed
concern at the use of violence against children by the police and by personnel
in institutions in Papua New Guinea.468 The Committee made the following
recommendations to the government of Papua New Guinea:
The Committee acknowledged Papua New Guineas efforts to
improve the juvenile justice system, but expressed concern at the very low
minimum age of criminal responsibility (7 years), that children in detention
are not always separated from adults and at the lack of probation services,
including re-education, vocational training and counseling for children in
conflict with the law.470
Accordingly, the Committee recommended that the government:
Human Rights Watch urges the government of Papua New Guinea to make additional efforts to implement the Committee on the Rights of the Childs recommendations.
 Committee on the Rights of the Child, Concluding Observations: Papua New Guinea, U.N. Doc. CRC/C/Add.229, January 30, 2004, para. 498.
 Ibid., para. 499.
 Ibid., para. 526.
 Ibid., para. 527.