(Defence for Children International) – A global network of NGOs welcomed today’s appointment of Manfred Nowak as the independent expert who will lead the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty. The Global Study has been under discussion since the adoption of the United Nations General Assembly Child Rights resolution which explicitly requested its commission in December 2014 (A/RES/69/157 para.51.d). The Study is a major enterprise and a key instrument of change which will finally check the status of the human rights of children being detained around the world.