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Likaat 2014 (2)

Thursday, 03 April 2014

“The role of the measures taken that do not restrict the liberty of punishing the young when they break the law.”


The young who broke the law in Lebanon between 2006 and 2011 are 12.16 % of those residing in the country.

The guiding principles of the UN to prevent the delinquency of the young insisted on “that the whole society must work to guarantee the young a development consistent with respecting their personality  and consolidating it without regarding them as mere beings succumbing to the social upbringing  and only  receiving services and not participating in several decisions.”

The condition of the young in Lebanon does not comply with this: the method of education at home and in school is mostly based on obedience, otherwise the young person will be punished and deprived of some of his/her rights. The educational method in schools does not help to develop the personality of the young and their capabilities. Their role in society is nil, or at best dispersed, with no official social plan to care for them and the specialized departments are dispersed. The result is a deficiency in dealing with the young and marginalizing them. And they, in turn, reacted by revolting against all measures representing social control.

The young people’s breaking the law is a reaction to their exclusion and their feeling of being  marginalized in more than one sense. The responsibility for dealing positively with their capacities lies with the family, the schools and society, and the measures taken restricting the liberty of punishing the young could help if they are given a role and responsibility.


Results show that the harm in repeating these measures is much less than that in applying the restriction of freedom, but there are practical and mental obstacles that prevent propagating their application. 

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