Wednesday, October 12, 2005


US accused over young offenders

`The US must stop giving young offenders life sentences without the chance of parole, human rights groups have said.

A report by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said such prisoners – numbering at least 2,225 in the US – must have access to parole processes.

The report says no more than 12 young offenders are serving life without parole in the rest of the world, where the punishment is largely outlawed. [..]

The practice is outlawed in many countries and by international law, under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The US and Somalia are the only two countries that have not ratified the treaty, the rights groups said.’

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