Signature of a memorandum of understanding between the Public Prosecution of the Arab Republic of Egypt and UNICEF

The objective of the MoU is to establish joint cooperation to implement the legal provisions relevant to criminal justice for children in Egypt.

28 May 2018
MOU UNICEF and Public Prosecutor
UNICEF Egypt/2017

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Public Prosecution Office of the Arab Republic of Egypt and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.The objective of the MoU is to establish joint cooperation to implement the legal provisions, relevant to criminal justice for children, that are stipulated in the Constitution, national legislations and International Conventions in order to protect the rights of children in contact with the law, the application of a restorative justice approach, and the use of alternative measures to deprivation of liberty for children of conflict with the law. The period of the MoU is until 31 December 2017, and may be extended with the written consent of the parties.
The MoU was signed by his Excellency, Counsellor Nabil Ahmed Sadiq, and Mr. Bruno Maes, UNICEF Representative in Egypt..
This Memorandum constitutes a framework of mutual cooperation on the following aspects:
1. Develop a guideline, as well as develop and implement standard operating procedures on Child Rights for the prosecution.
2. Develop training manual in the area of ​​criminal justice for children and their rights - endorsed by the Office of the Public Prosecutor - on relevant laws, conventions and international instruments.
3. Develop and implement TOT program for selected prosecutors through the development of a training curriculum – endorsed by the Office of the Public Prosecutor - and build their capacity to train other prosecutors.
4. Organize workshops for members of the Public Prosecution in the area of ​​criminal justice for children and their rights (including restorative justice, alternative measures to deprivation of liberty, protection of child victims and witnesses, sexual exploitation of children, violence against children, illegal immigration of unaccompanied children and the protection and rehabilitation of children in need of care, children victims of trafficking, FGM, and other aspects relevant to criminal justice of children).
5. Support the project of developing and automating the child prosecution offices through the provision of financial and technical support to the offices, while ensuring issuance of periodic reports and accurate data on child-related cases investigated by the Public Prosecution.
6. Support the specialized forensic centres at prosecution offices responsible for the examination of confiscations of the cases related to children and their medical examinations to ensure speedy adjudication of cases.
7. Organize a number of study visits to prosecutors who are competent to investigate in child-related cases to a number of leading countries in the area of ​​criminal justice for children.
8. Organize an International annual conference in Egypt on criminal justice for children to benefit from different expertise in this area towards developing a strategy for the prosecution office for the criminal justice for children system in Egypt.

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Jonathan Crickx
Chief of Communication
UNICEF Egypt
Hala Abu Khatwa
Advocacy & Communications Manager
UNICEF Egypt

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