YEREVAN, 19 July 2017 – UNICEF and Justice Academy of Armenia announced the launch of a new educational programme on the protection of child rights for justice professionals. Entitled “Protection of children in criminal procedures,” the programme is offered on a distance learning platform for judges and prosecutors and is the first learning programme on child rights protection, incorporated in the curricula of the Justice Academy.
Through the programme judges and prosecutors will explore the system and guiding principles of child rights protection and access to justice for children. They will learn about social rehabilitation opportunities for child victims, witnesses of crime and children in conflict with the law, as well as about protection mechanisms for child victims and witnesses of crime.
As Armenia does not have juvenile courts, it is important to ensure professional development opportunities for justice professionals. Decisions regarding children in conflict with the law involve a complex process from fact collection and evaluation to analysis of international and intra-governmental human rights laws and legal norms on child rights protection. Hence the distance learning course was designed to contribute to a justice system that is child friendly and focuses on the best interests of the child.
Participants of the event were addressed by UNICEF Representative in Armenia Tanja Radocaj, Minister of Justice David Harutyunyan and the Rector of Justice Academy Sergey Arakelyan who reinstated their commitment to support the further development of a fair, timely and effective judicial system for children in Armenia.
Over 160 participants, 37 judges and 125 prosecutors, have already registered to take the course starting September 2017. The programme is currently available for judges and prosecutors and will soon be available for the investigators as well.
UNICEF and Justice Academy are working together from 2016 to develop and provide a range of capacity development opportunities for justice professionals. In addition to the course, partners plan to organize a series of seminars and conferences to instigate professional discussions around child rights issues in the field of justice.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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