UNICEF and the Ministry of Interior will partner on bringing the juvenile justice system in line with international standards
BAKU, June 17, 2005 - UNICEF would like to support the government in its efforts to revise the juvenile justice system and boosting capacities of key duty bearers within the system in order to bring it in line with international standards, UNICEF Representative Hanaa Singer informed the Minister of Interior Ramil Usubov at the meeting on Thursday.
Azerbaijan is one of the priority countries to conduct the national level initiative on juvenile justice and UNICEF has received funds for a project promoting the protection of human rights of children in conflict with the law. This is closely in line with the new Ten Year Development program which will replace the current Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers and the intention is to include the juvenile justice issues as an item for government priority for action.
“UNICEF in Azerbaijan already established a close cooperation with several institutional and non governmental partners sharing the responsibility of dealing with children in conflict with the law. However, we would like to scale up our activities to cover all duty bearers accountable for the protection of rights of children which are in conflict with the law or risk to become in conflict with the law and it’s absolutely crucial to build stronger partnership with the Ministry of Interior,” said UNICEF Representative.
UNICEF would like to work in this project with police cells and child reception transit centres in Baku and Ganja. UNICEF Representative also informed that UNICEF will invite international experts to help develop strategies on child friendly police and put it in line with international standards.
The minister in his turn expressed interest in the project and partnership with UNICEF. It was agreed at the meeting to set up a working group with participation of the Ministry to develop a mandate and an action plan within the project.
UNICEF will also support conducting of an in-depth situation analysis of children in the conflict with the law together with Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Interior and the office of Ombudsman.
UNICEF works in 157 countries and territories around the world. Its programmes cover education, health, water and sanitation and the protection of children. UNICEF also advocates with governments for inclusive policies, budgets, and programmes to protect and promote the rights of children, and to ensure that children have a voice in their own futures.
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