EU representative: Azerbaijan successful in protecting children's rights (PHOTOS)

Azerbaijan, Baku, April 30 / Trend M.Aliyev /

Azerbaijan has achieved certain success in protecting children's rights, EU Ambassador to Azerbaijan Roland Kobia said at a conference on children's rights.

Kobia said despite achievements in this area, several problems remain.

"We want to work in this direction together with the Azerbaijani parliament. The EU and UNICEF are interested in the Azerbaijani society caring more about children, so that they can become healthy citizens," he said.

The goal of UNICEF and the EU is to prevent violence against children, UNICEF Baku Office head Mark Hereward said at the conference.

"We are successfully working together with the government in this direction," he added.

Azerbaijani Parliamentary Social Policy Committee Chairman Hadi Rajabli said Azerbaijan is one of the first countries to accede to international conventions on children's rights. The parliament will join another international convention on protecting children's rights May 7.

Head of the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Hijran Huseynova said the country is pushing more than 30 programs dedicated to children's rights. Azerbaijan has also created an information base reflecting the situation, Huseynova said.

"We are confident that the steps taken toward improving the social protection of children and young people will create conditions for significant progress in this sphere," she said.

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