To act as a focal point and initiator for present and future efforts designed, at local, national, regional and international level, to advance, protect and defend children’s rights in all fields, especially those set out in international instruments, conventions and declarations. To be watchful, at national and international level, over the adhesion of States and over other principles enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. To foster a climate of national and international solidarity among peoples and organizations so as to promote the respect due to children’s rights.
Priority issues: Defence of children’s rights; legislation prohibiting child labour.
The sections and associate members have concrete programs in their countries, mainly in the fields of juvenile justice, child labour, children in armed conflicts, displaced children, refugees, trafficking of children, and illegal international adoption.
Launched by Defence for Children International in January 1997, the International Network on Juvenile Justice (INJJ) brings together non-governmental organisations, academic institutions and individual experts active in the field of juvenile justice from all over the world. The aim of the Network is to promote methods of dealing with children, who are in conflict with the law, that are consistent with international standards on the rights of the child and of juvenile justice, by supporting efforts to develop and improve juvenile justice systems worldwide.