From 2-4 September, PRI in Central Asia held the Central Asian Dialogue on prevention of violence against children and the rights of children in difficult circumstances.
The three-day conference on the issue was organised by Penal Reform International in collaboration with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Parliament of Kazakhstan, the Ombudsman’s Office and Know Violence in Childhood.
Representatives from five Central Asian countries and international experts from Norway, Czech Republic, India, the United Kingdom and Austria participated in the event, including human rights activists, government officials, representatives from all closed facilities – detention centres, special boarding schools and children’s homes. The Conference also involved Baroness Vivien Stern, a Member of the British House of Lords, and Renate Winter, the Vice-President of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
The purpose of the Dialogue was to provide an opportunity for the exchange of views and visions of the five Central Asian countries, as well as to develop recommendations and a preliminary action plan to protect the rights of children in difficult circumstances.