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UNICEF Applauds Establishment of Parliamentary Group on Child Rights in Armenia

© UNICEF/Armenia/2011
Member of the Armenian National Assembly and the newly-established multipartisan parliamentary group, Ms. Anahit Bakhshyan, addressing the Armenian Parliament.
YEREVAN, Armenia, 11 November 2011 - Speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia Hovik Abrahamyan signed a decree, setting up a Multi-Partisan Parliamentary Group on Child Rights.

The group includes members of 5 major political parties represented in the Armenian Parliament, namely Republican Party, Prosperous Armenia, Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), Country of Law and Heritage.

“By setting up the Multi-Partisan Group on Child Rights, the National Assembly of Armenia has demonstrated its commitment to fulfill pledges of the Outcome Document adopted during the Regional Parliamentary Conference on Child Rights organized jointly by UNICEF and the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Yerevan this June,” UNICEF Representative in Armenia Henriette Ahrens said.

According to the UNICEF Representative, the establishment of the Parliamentary Group on Child Rights is a result of years of successful cooperation between UNICEF and the National Assembly in the area of child rights.

“In the last three years UNICEF has been closely working with the standing committees of the National Assembly and individual parliamentarians, organizing a number of parliamentary hearings on child poverty and budgeting for children, protection of children from violence, abuse and neglect as well as introducing to parliamentarians international experience in implementing child rights through inviting foreign experts and demonstrating models existing in other countries,” UNICEF Representative noted.

“The Group’s top priority will be working closely with the Armenian Ombudsman’s Office. We intend to develop a joint workplan and hope that UNICEF will assist us in its implementation, “ member of the newly-established Commission and representative of “Heritage” party Anahit Bakhshyan said. “The Group brings together ardent advocates of child rights and I hope that with our energy and enthusiasm we’ll be able to spur the process of formation of an efficient child protection system and contribute to the strengthening of child rights institutions in our country.”



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