The Minister of Justice and UNICEF Representative discussed reforms in country’s juvenile justice system
UNICEF continues to support government in its efforts to revise the juvenile justice system and harmonize it in line with international standards, UNICEF Representative in Azerbaijan Hanaa Singer informed the Minister of Justice Fikret Mammadov at their meeting this week.
International experts with experience in juvenile justice, including consultants from the Children’s Legal Centre at the University of Essex (UK) and other internationaly renowed institutes, will assist national counterparts in capacity building of the key duty bearers accountable for the protection of rights of children which are in conflict with the law (including police workers, judges, etc.) . The UNICEF-supported training will take place in early October. The experts will also assist in conducting of an in-depth analysis of the laws and regulations governing children in conflict with the law.
One of the experts invited by UNICEF is already in the country, working with a number of counterparts on analyzing then needs for training and professional development of judges, police inspectors and the workers of the commission on minors.
Azerbaijan is one of the priority countries to conduct the national level initiative on juvenile justice and UNICEF in cooperation with OSCE and civil society, has initiated a project promoting the protection of human rights of children in conflict with the law.
The minister in his turn expressed interest in the project and partnership with UNICEF. It was agreed that the Ministry of Justice will participate in the Task Force to develop a mandate and an action plan within the juvenile justice project.
According to him, the ministry of justice is currently working on a new education and professional development program for judges. Mr. Mammadov invited UNICEF to participate in developing chapters on juvenile delinquency within the framework of this new curriculum.