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First National Conference on Juvenile Justice Development in Azerbaijan.

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Azerbaijan, 2004: Children from a boarding school in Sheki, 330 km north west of the capital, Baku.

BAKU, April 12, 2006 – The first ever national conference on juvenile justice in Azerbaijan will take place in the capital, Baku, on 13-14 April. “Perspectives of Juvenile Justice Development in Azerbaijan”, has been organized by the Government of Azerbaijan, UNICEF, the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the British Embassy and the NGO Alliance for Child Rights.
The conference, which brings together governmental officials and NGOs working with children in conflict with the law, aims to boost their understanding of domestic and international standards of juvenile justice and to pinpoint ways to improve the juvenile justice system in Azerbaijan.

“It is our hope that this conference will help the juvenile reform to pick up pace in Azerbaijan,” says Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Azerbaijan. “The combined efforts by police, the courts, local and international NGOs is starting to have an impact in the country. But we will call it a success when fewer children are deprived of their liberty and more children have access to legal assistance, with more emphasis on prevention and alternatives to arrest and imprisonment for juvenile offenders.”

A number of key governmental officials and international experts on juvenile justice will take part in the conference, including Dr. Jacob Doek, head of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

The conference will discuss the need for specialized agencies to develop the juvenile justice system and to improve understanding of the problems stemming from the detention of minors. It will examine ways to improve support and advocacy for minors in conflict with the law as they pass through the judicial system and to develop strategies to develop alternatives to juvenile imprisonment such as the increased use of pre-trial diversion, community service, and other non-custodial sanctions.

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For further information please contact:
Ayna Mollazade, Communication Officer

Tel:  99412 492 3013
Fax: 99412 492 2468
Email: amollazade@unicef.org

 

 

 

 

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