Kazakhstan: Stop Violence against Children -- Act Now!
Participants in the press conference included Yelena Selchonok, UNICEF Kazakhstan Officer in Charge as well as members of the Kazakhstani delegation at the Consultation – Ombudsperson Bolat Baikadamov, Senator Beksultan Tutkushev, Deputy Chairman of the National Family and Women’s Affairs Commission, Argyngazy Karaiganov, Chief Inspector of the Ministry of Internal Affairs juvenile delinquency division, Valeriya Kuliyeva and the Head of the Republican Additional Education Center Nurlan Jamadilov. The President of the Crisis Centers Union of Kazakhstan, Zulfiya Baisakova, was also there to meet the journalists.
The participants outlined the major findings of the Ljubljana Consultation, which focused on the prevention and elimination of violence against children at home, in schools, in residential institutions and in the community, as well as the urgent need to adopt effective national measures to protect children from violence.
The problem of violence against children remains invisible, partly because of limited information and partly because of the fact that children themselves are rarely heard, despite their right to protection from all forms of discrimination.
Ms. Selchonok, UNICEF Kazakhstan Officer in Charge, described the current situation: “Unfortunately, in
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· According to the data of the Committee for Legal Statistics and Special Records of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan of the 3,428 crimes against children registered in 2003, the majority include the murders of newborn babies, violent acts of sexual nature, rapes, tortures and beatings;
· For many years the state and the society aimed to place children without parental care in residential institutions, rather than addressing the underlying causes of family problems;
· Even today, in some schools and residential institutions in Kazakhstan, beatings are seen as “educational measures” for children;
· The Alternative Report of Non-Governmental Organizations of Kazakhstan to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (Almaty, 2002) shows that 80 per cent of children in residential schools are treated “cruelly”;
· Only 1 % of all appeals to the Ombudsperson’s Office in the
The complex consequences and worst forms of violence against children at homes, in schools, residential institutions and communities may include, but not be limited to, suicides, disabilities, low self-esteem, alcoholism, drug addiction, smoking and an increase in the number of families where violence becomes the norm.
For more information:Gauhar Abdygaliyeva, Communication Officer, UNICEF