On February 5, 2019, Dr. Rashed Mustafa Sarwar, Representative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Belarus, met with Vadim Ipatov, Director of the Center. At the meeting the parties discussed of results of mutual cooperation last year and signed a partnership plan for 2019.
The working plan created by UNICEF and the National Centre of Legislation and Legal Research focuses on close cooperation on improving legislation in the field of juvenile justice.
In particular, the parties decided on starting preparation of the Concept of juvenile justice. The Concept is supposed to become a strategic document that will determine the main directions of further improvement of the legislation of Belarus and law enforcement practice in the field of administration of justice, prevention, prosecution of cases committed by children and adolescents.
Preparation of the project is carried out by the Center together with government agencies, taking into account the best foreign practices in the legal systems of other countries. The road map will be an integral part of the Concept, containing a plan for the project's implementation and the new approaches to the institutionalization of juvenile justice in the national legislation.
In addition, in 2019 an international conference “Restorative Justice For Juveniles” will be held. The event will become a platform to discuss problems and work out optimal solutions for dealing with children in conflict with the law.
Issues of juvenile justice development, the realization of children's rights and freedoms, as well as assistance in improving national approaches in this area are a priority for UNICEF worldwide. UNICEF in Belarus is actively working in this direction, using its powers to establish a dialogue with stakeholders, including government organizations, civil society and international organizations, as well as to assist in the implementation of cooperation programs on the rights of the child.