UNICEF, SC sign MoU for child protection

The United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Supreme Court Special Committee to strengthen the child protection system in Bangladesh and for effective implementation of the Children Act 2013.

The signing ceremony was attended by chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, UNICEF Bangladesh Representative Edouard Beigbeder and others.

The initiative has been taken to reinforce justice for children, establish a monitoring mechanism of services for children in conflict and strengthen access to justice for children, said a press release of UNICEF.

According to the MoU, the initiative will undertake and implement certain activities, including 16 Children Courts in eight divisional districts to be set up on a pilot basis.

A data base of cases of children in conflict and in contact with the law; a digital recording system and other monitoring frameworks will be developed.

The pilot courts, three Kishore Unnayan Kendra (adolescent centres) and six Safe Homes will have video connectivity for conferencing during a trial to expedite cases.

The ceremony was attended by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha as the chief guest along with Justice Muhammad Imman Ali, Judge of the Appellate Division and Chairman Supreme Court Special Committee for Child Rights’, Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif, High Court Division and Member of Supreme Court Special Committee for Child Rights, Syed Aminul Islam, Registrar General of Bangladesh Supreme Court and Edouard Beigbeder, UNICEF Bangladesh Representative.