UNICEF Kyrgyzstan statement on protection of children and adolescents during demonstrations
UNICEF is concerned about the violence that has occurred in Kyrgyzstan over the last few days, which has affected a number of people, including children and adolescents. UNICEF condemns any misuse, manipulation or engagement of children and adolescents for political purposes.
UNICEF calls on all parties – demonstrators and law enforcement agencies to avoid violence against children and adolescents, and stresses the need to ensure their protection, safety and integrity everywhere at all times. UNICEF reminds parents and guardians about their responsibility to protect children and adolescents.
Any adolescent involved in demonstrations should be treated in line with national legislation and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Kyrgyzstan has the obligation to implement.
UNICEF will continue to monitor the situation and support the work of the Government, civil society and other partners to protect and uphold the rights of all children in Kyrgyzstan.
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