Armenia lacks comprehensive juvenile justice system and the broader notion of access to justice for children
Advocating and raising the awareness on the rights of children whose rights have been violated: UNICEF is constantly involved in policy advocacy with the Government of Armenia and public awareness raising to enhance the understanding of the access to justice for children.
UNICEF is the region’s leading advocate for juvenile justice reform, but our approach goes beyond care for children accused of crimes: we also promote equitable access to justice for all children whose rights have been violated.
By ratifying the CRC Armenia committed to ensure that the rights of children are protected and all the children have equitable access to justice - ability to obtain fair, timely and effective remedy for violations of rights. However, most children whose rights are violated do not reach the justice system both because the mechanisms and procedures are underdeveloped and not child-friendly and because children are not aware of their rights and options of where to seek redress, are dependent on adults who do not always act in the best interests of the child. As a result, even existing remedies are not fully available to children. Access to justice for children is also negatively affected by social and cultural beliefs.