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Violence against children in juvenile justice systems - International conference in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic (18 - 21 September 2012)

BISHKEK, 22 September 2012 - UNICEF is currently supporting research into the torture and ill-treatment of children in juvenile justice systems in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan and Ukraine. Research is being carried out by Ombudsman offices and NGOs in each of the eight countries, as a way to build their monitoring capacity. Findings will be used for awareness raising, policy advocacy and programming at both regional and national levels. This project, supported by the EU, is part of broader support to juvenile justice reform in the CEE/CIS region.

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In 2011, Penal Reform International (PRI) identified violence against children as a key thematic area for its work on justice for children, responding to the findings and recommendations made in the 2006 World Report on Violence against Children and experience of the issue through work in different countries. As part of its work supported by the UK Department for International Development, PRI has conducted research into violence against children which includes baseline information gathering on legislation and policy, initially in 8 countries around the world: Bangladesh, Georgia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tanzania and Uganda.

In an effort to enhance cohesion of these initiatives and to further develop knowledge and action on this important issue, PRI and UNICEF held an international conference to present and discuss the initial findings from the different strands of discussion and research that have taken place in 2011/12 and to plan concrete measures to address the issues of violence against children in detention and child justice systems more widely.


  • Present and discuss the initial findings from both the UNICEF and PRI research on violence against children in juvenile justice systems in the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Georgia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda and Ukraine.
  • Produce a set of targeted recommendations for Governments and civil society at national level, and for relevant regional and international mechanisms, to turn research into action.
  • Bring visibility to the issue of violence against children in justice systems in the regional media and beyond.

Representatives from at least 15 countries representing four different regions of the world were in attendance on 21 September. Prior to the conference on 18-20 September, the host agencies held working meetings with their respective researchers, Ombudsman offices, partners and NGOs to fine-tune their findings with experts, discuss bottlenecks in the research process and share ideas on the way forward.

Below are key documents from the meeting:


Final report

This includes the concept note for the conference, a summary report of the sessions as well as participants list.



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