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Pakistan: The unnecessary detention of children

, Index number: ASA 33/017/2003

Of the approximately 4,500 children in Pakistan's prisons in June 2003 more than 3,000 of them had not been convicted of any crime. Despite conviction rates as low as 15-20%, juveniles, some as young as eight years old, who have been accused of a criminal offence may spend months or even years in jail waiting for their trial to begin or to conclude.

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