Prishtina, 5 September 2013 - The EU Office in Kosovo and UNICEF officially launched the third phase of the joint programme Support to Justice for Children Reforms in Kosovo with the documentary film ‘Another Chance’. The overall programme, in the value of €1,750,000 million, will ensure that, in line with the justice for children approach, children in contact with the criminal justice system, including victims and witnesses, are treated by the justice system in line with European and international standards, including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The programme will also continue to focus on preventing children from coming into conflict with the law and provide relevant support services to children, and their families, who are victims or witnesses of crime.
In his opening remarks, Hajredin Kuçi, Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice emphasised the progress made in the field of justice for children through capacity building of all relevant institutions and professionals.
Laila Gad, Head of UNICEF Kosovo reiterated the need to focus on preventing children from coming into contact with the law: “Prevention efforts can reduce the risk of children from coming into contact with the law; our joint collaboration in six municipalities so far has resulted in 1,350 children at risk of, or subjected to, different forms of violence being managed by the case management model.”
Christof Stock, Head of Operations at the EU Office in Kosovo said: “In the society like Kosovo, where children and youth make over 60% of the population, it is of crucial importance to invest in protection and promotion of their rights, whether they are in contact or in conflict with the law.”
UNICEF and the EU have collaborated on supporting the juvenile justice reforms since 2007, and will continue this support through the third phase (2013 -2016), aiming to consolidate achieved results in the reforms for children in conflict with the law, but also focusing on other children in contact with the criminal justice system such as victims and witnesses.
The progress achieved so far in reforms was presented to the audience with the documentary film ‘Another Chance’, written and directed by Lendita Zeqiraj and Yll Çitaku, which reflects the challenges and achievements in the reforms of the juvenile justice system in Kosovo. The film includes narration by juveniles who have been in contact with the justice system, interviews conducted with juvenile justice professionals and fictional parts that illustrate the procedures and treatment of the respective children by the justice system.
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