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The Government of Turkmenistan strengthens capacity in the juvenile justice system

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 16 August 2010 – The United Nations Children’s Fund jointly with the National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights of Turkmenistan has conducted a two day workshop on alignment of the Turkmen juvenile justice system with the international standards. This took place in Mary city. The workshop included Mary velayat representatives from the law enforcement agencies, local municipalities, health and education officials, as well as the Youth Organization and the Women’s Union of Turkmenistan.

The second workshop on alignment of the juvenile justice system with the international standards will be conducted on 20-21 August 2010 in Ashgabat for high level governmental officials.

The purpose of these workshops is to introduce participants to the international standards as they apply to the administration of juvenile justice and principles of dealing with young offenders at every stage of the due process of the law. The participants get introduced to the methodology of dealing with children and their families who are in conflict with the law. The workshops also focus on rehabilitation and reintegration of young offenders back to civil society.

The workshops are being facilitated by international experts from the Essex Children's Legal Centre, the United Kingdom.

This capacity building effort is an integral part of the ongoing national legal reforms announced by the President of Turkmenistan and is designed to support the implementation of the Strategy for Juvenile Justice Reform. The Strategy is aimed at the development of a child friendly and child right compliant justice system with an access to institutional services and community rehabilitation and reintegration support, as well as strengthened coordination and monitoring mechanisms.

For more information please contact:

Mr. Shohrat Orazov
UNICEF Social Policy Officer

Ms. Ayna Seyitlieva
UNICEF Communication for Development Officer
Phone: +99312 425681/82/86/86
Fax: +99312 420830





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