Statement on observing children’s right to privacy and confidentiality
BISHKEK, 3 May 2018 - UNICEF is concerned about the recent public release of pictures, names and personal data of children allegedly involved in some crimes. In line with the principle of the best interest of the child, enshrined in the Constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic as well as in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF calls all the authorities and media outlets to avoid identification of children in contact with the law.
The dignity and rights of every child are to be respected in every circumstance. In interviewing and reporting on children, special attention is needed to ensure each child's right to privacy and confidentiality, the personal records of children in contact with the law shall be kept strictly confidential and access to them shall be limited only to duly authorized persons.
Media is expected not further stigmatize any child; avoid descriptions that expose a child to negative reprisals - including additional physical or psychological harm or discrimination. Media is advised to always change the name and obscure the visual identity of any child who is identified as inter alia, charged or convicted of a crime.
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For more information about UNICEF and its work for children in Kyrgyzstan, visit www.unicef.org/kyrgyzstan.