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UNICEF assists the Government of Turkmenistan in capacity development on juvenile justice

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, 17 August 2012 – Prosecutors and judges of Turkmenistan’s Dashoguz region have increased knowledge and skills on international standards of juvenile justice at the workshop organized this week by the National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights of Turkmenistan and UNICEF. The capacity development workshop was one of the many initiatives carried out by the Government of Turkmenistan and UNICEF to contribute to the juvenile justice reforms in the country.

Led by the experienced juvenile judge Willie McCarney from the British Coram Children’s Legal Center, the workshop aimed at strengthening participants’ skills in child-friendly justice through analysis of international standards, domestic laws and best practices. Through various practical interactive exercises, prosecutors and judges learned about psychological effect of interrogation of children during investigation and in court, including impact on evidence; and work with child offenders, victims and witnesses. They were also exposed to the information on how child-friendly courts operate.

The similar workshops were organized and some are scheduled to take place till the end of August for Lepap judges and prosecutors as well as Lebap and Dashoguz juvenile affairs inspectors.

UNICEF provided solid technical assistance to the development of the General Programme on Juvenile Justice System Development that aims at preventing delinquencies among children under eighteen. The programme was adopted in June 2012.

For more information please contact:

Mr. Shohrat Orazov
UNICEF Social Policy Officer

Ms. Gulyalek Soltanova
UNICEF Communication Officer
Phone: +99312 425681/82/85/86
Fax: +99312 425779



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