Round table on Combating Violence against Children held at MM

05-04-2011 | 21:38        


The Milli Mejlis held a round table on “Combating Violence against Children”. The event took place as part of the campaign of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Vice-Speaker of the Milli Mejlis Bahar Muradova said that perfect legal basis was created in Azerbaijan for protection of children’s rights and prevention of violence against them and that governmental bodies developed appropriate mechanisms for execution of these laws. Azerbaijan takes an active part in international organizations’ campaigns related to rights of children. Non-governmental organizations also target protection of the rights of the child and settlement of the existing problems. Coordinator of the CE’s campaign on Azerbaijan, Deputy Chairman of the Milli Mejlis Committee on International Affairs and Interparliamentary Relations Sevinj Fataliyeva drew attention to topical problems. Head of the Council of Europe Office in Azerbaijan Constantine Yerocostopoulos said that every 5th child in the world becomes a victim of sexual exploitation. The Council of Europe makes necessary steps towards elimination of the problem and it is also important that the member countries ratify and realize the related conventions. Head of the Milli Mejlis Committee on Human Rights Rabiyyat Aslanova in her speech laid a special emphasis on the UN Security Council resolution on protection of the rights of the child and stated that the Secretary General of the organization makes an annual report as the document requires. Relevant measures will be carried out for the crime committed against Fariz Badalov, a 9 year Azerbaijani boy murdered by the Armenian snipers in the frontline, to be included in the next report. The Committee Head added that 1 and a half million children all over the world are exposed to violence. Adoption of laws and decisions is not enough for settlement of the problem. Teachers, psychologists and the whole society should take this issue very seriously. Head of the Milli Mejlis Socio-Political Committee Hadi Rajabli, Human Rights Commissioner Elmira Suleymanova, UNICEF representative in Azerbaijan Mark Hereward, MP Gular Ahmadova, Deputy Head of the State Committee for Family, Woman and Child Issues Aynur Sofiyeva, Deputy Minister of Education Elmar Gasimov and other speakers drew attention to necessary steps to be made for the settlement of this problem as a topical question. Assistance of international organizations to the countries, increase of parental responsibilities, establishment of an institute for family psychology and widening of alternative care system are very important in this regard. As a result of the settlement of the problem and the measures against domestic violence the number of juvenile crimes has fallen in the country and Azerbaijan has good indicators among CIS member countries.