"Justice for Every Child" – campaign launched
Sarajevo, 9.6. 2011. - The meeting hosted by Ministry of human rights and refugees and UNICEF marked the beginning of the public information campaign “Justice for Every Child”.
„With today’s manifestation, actually promoting the beginning of the campaign “Justice for Every Child” we want to stress the fact that great efforts have been invested into achieving the overall objective of this project, which is supporting the reform of the juvenile justice system and improving the justice system for children in BiH, in line with international standards.” – said Safet Halilovic, minister for human rights and refugees.
“Justice for every child means in short three “P”s: protect, provide and participate. We have to protect our children from violence, abuse and neglect. We have to provide health, social support and education. Children need to be able to participate in all matters which concern them. Of course, Switzerland, Sweden and UNICEF can only help to share the experience and give support. It is up to Bosnia and Herzegovina to decide and to put into action what is best for the country and – above all – for its children. Other countries do it and are successful – Bosnia and Herzegovina can do it as well.” - stressed Andre Schaller Ambassadors of Switzerland in BiH.
The report “Assessment of Juvenile Justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina” was also presented at today’s event.
"UNICEF, together with SDC and SIDA, support the country to ensure adherence of its juvenile justice system with international standards. In cases where the juvenile represents a risk for society or for himself and when it is in the best interest of the child, deprivation of liberty can be taken into consideration as a last resort and for the shortest possible period and in conditions which are in accordance with international standards. It is proven that detention affects the healthy development of children and could lead to recidivism. This is why alternative measures to detention have to be preferred and, in any cases, the focus has to be on rehabilitation and reintegration into society rather than punishment., said Florence Bauer, UNICEfFRepresentative in BiH.