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Child-friendly court room introduced in Tajikistan

DUSHANBE, 5 August 2013 - The child-friendly court rooms project was launched today by representatives of the Justice Council of the Republic of Tajikistan, UNICEF and SDC in Tajikistan. The launch event took place at the Ismaili Somoni District Courthouse, Dushanbe. 

Press conference on the launch of the chid-friendly court rooms in Tajikistan - UNICEF Tajkistan / A. Zahidov / 2013

UNICEF has been supporting the Government of Tajikistan to implement the National Plan of Action for Reform of the Juvenile Justice System 2010-2015.

Part of this cooperation involves introduction of child friendly procedures during trial process for child victims, witnesses and offenders. 

Towards that end, with funding from Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), UNICEF has been collaborating with the Council of Justice on: 

  • Assignment of specialised judges to a training of judges on juvenile justice.
  • Developing a training curriculum to be incorporated in the on-going training programme of Judges Training Centre;
  • Availability of a court room for children;
  • Availability of a child friendly investigation room which is equipped with a CCTV system and to be used by the investigators and prosecutors to prevent secondary traumatisation of children. 

UNICEF Regional Director for the CEECIS, Ms Marie-Pierre Poirier, a Tajik judge and UNICEF Representative in Tajikistan, Ms Laylee Mashiri, discussing the future of juvenile justice in Central Asia - UNICEF Tajkistan / A. Zahidov / 2013

As part of this project, there will be seven such child friendly court rooms and four child friendly investigation rooms in Dushanbe, Khujand, Kulob and Kurgantube. Each child friendly investigation and court room involved rehabilitation, furnishing and equipment cost aproximately US $ 14,000.  





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