Yerevan, March 28, 2017: UNICEF Representative Tanja Radocaj and Justice Academy Rector Sergey Arakelyan signed a memorandum of understanding today whereby the two institutions joined hands to promote the protection of child rights and improve children’s access to justice in Armenia.
“It is important to ensure a sound legal basis for the protection of children’s rights and their access to justice. As a result of this partnership, we will improve the availability of training opportunities for legal specialists and their effectiveness,” noted Rector Arakelyan. “Previously there were no comprehensive learning and training opportunities available in this direction; that is why we place great value in our partnership, which will contribute to ensuring a child-friendly justice system and its accessibility for children, as well as developing the capacity of specialists working in this sphere.”
Partners will design a distance learning programme for judges and prosecutors, including those who examine criminal cases. The focus will be on a wide variety of issues concerning child rights, also concerning children in conflict with the law, victims and witnesses of crime.
“UNICEF works to ensure equitable access to justice for every child. Without access, child rights commitments will remain only promises on paper. As stated by the Committee on the Rights of the Child, ‘for rights to have meaning, effective remedies must be available to redress violations.’ Accessing justice is a child right in itself, but it also means to enforce all rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child,” said UNICEF Representative Tanja Radocaj. “We are proud to partner with Justice Academy to offer new learning and training opportunities for Armenian judges and prosecutors on child rights. We hope that this will contribute to improving justice services for children in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.”
The distance learning programme is expected to be launched by September 2017, which will be followed by a series of training sessions. UNICEF and Justice Academy also plan to conduct research on child rights protection and explore capacity building needs in this direction.
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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