Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding for the first time between the Ministry of Justice of the Arab Republic of Egypt and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) for the next three years

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the two parties on Wednesday 19/7/2017, in order to protect the rights of children in conflict with the law.

28 May 2018
MOU UNICEF and MOJ
UNICEF Egypt/2017

Cairo, 19 July 2017- As part of the efforts of the Ministry of Justice and UNICEF to strengthen the joint cooperation towards enforcing the provisions relevant to the criminal justice of children incorporated in the Child Law, the Egyptian Constitution, and the international conventions  related to the rights of children and their judicial protection, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the two parties on Wednesday 19/7/2017, in order to protect the rights of children in conflict with the law, child victims or witnesses, and to implement the restorative justice approach, and promote the use of alternative measures to deprivation of liberty for child offenders.The provisions of this Memorandum shall apply for a period of three years from 19/7/2017 until 19/7/2020. This period may be extended with the written consent of both parties.

The MoU was signed between Counsellor Suzanne Fahmy, Assistant Minister of Justice for Human Rights, Women and Children’s Rights and Mr. Bruno Maes, UNICEF Representative in Egypt, with the presence of Counsellor Khaled Elabraq, Head of Appeal and the Head of the Department for Judicial Protection for Children and Counsellors Ahmed ElAdham, Eman Mahgoub and Marwa Hany, the technical members at the department, and Ms. Rana Younes, Child Protection Officer/Access to Justice for Children at UNICEF Egypt.
This Memorandum constitutes a framework of mutual cooperation on the following aspects:
1. Mutual cooperation to develop and implement an action plan to promote the rights of children in conflict with the law, and child victims and witnesses of crimes in Egypt, in collaboration with relevant governmental and non-governmental stakeholders.
2. Mutual cooperation to develop and implement standard operating procedures to apply the restorative justice approach, alternative measures to detention and any other relevant issues, as stipulated in the national legislations, Egypt’s international obligations, and the constitution regarding the treatment of children in conflict with the law, and in collaboration with other stakeholders.
3. Mutual cooperation to develop and implement standard operating procedures to protect the rights of child victims and witnesses of crimes, as stipulated in the national legislations, Egypt’s international obligations, and the constitution, and in collaboration with other stakeholders.  
4. Mutual cooperation to design and implement capacity building programs for professionals working with children in conflict with the law and child witnesses and victims of crimes, to develop their skills and knowledge and their capacity to respond to such issues, and in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.
5. Any other issues, relevant to children in conflict with the law, and child victims and witnesses, that may be identified in the future by virtue of mutual agreement between the two parties.

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UNICEF Egypt

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