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EU and UNICEF to hold regional conference on justice for children in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia

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What: A press opportunity to interview EU and UNICEF representatives on progress made and remaining challenges on justice for children in the region.

When: Friday, 28 June 2013 at 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Where: The Square (Arc Foyer, 3rd floor) – Brussels Meeting Centre, Rue Mont des Arts, B-1000 Brussels

Please confirm your participation by sending an e-mail to: ldjuhari@unicef.org  

Who:
  • Kristian Schmidt, Director Human and Society Development, Directorate General of Development and Cooperation, European Commission
  • Jean Claude Legrand, Senior Child Protection Advisor, UNICEF Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States 
Why: Much progress has been made in juvenile justice reforms but more needs to be done to realize the rights of children in conflict with the law, who are among the most vulnerable citizens. 
A high-level conference on 27 – 28 June 2013 will be held in Brussels to take stock of progress made and challenges faced in this region. Debates will take place to discuss how these reforms have impacted children`s lives as well as priority issues remaining. An important topic on improving children`s equitable access to justice will also be highlighted. National delegations will share their knowledge and reiterate their commitments for child-sensitive justice system reforms. A new EU - UNICEF report Juvenile justice in the CEE/CIS region will be launched at the conference.  

Background: In 2011-2013, the European Commission and UNICEF have joined forces to step up juvenile justice reforms in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan and Ukraine. The project includes support to legislative reforms, capacity building, the setting up of alternatives and research on torture and ill-treatment.

For more information, please go to the conference web page and the European Commission support to democracy and human rights webpage

For press wishing to attend any of the conference sessions or interview the experts on Friday please contact: 

Peter Stano
Spokesperson of Commissioner Füle
European Commission
Tel: +32 2 295 7484
Email: Peter.STANO@ec.europa.eu

Lely Djuhari
Communication Specialist
UNICEF Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States
Tel: +41 792 044482

Email: ldjuhari@unicef.org

26 June 2013 Final 

 

 
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