The current capacity building programme was initiated through a four-day workshop, which started on 07 April for judges from various regions of Libya under the theme “Realizing the best interests of the child through judicial judgments”. At the end of the training, the President of the Supreme Judicial Council and Supreme Court, UNICEF Libya Country Director, and Judge Bakkar from the HJI handed out certificates to participants.
A second training for 25 prosecutors starts today 21 April, under the theme “The role of prosecutors in upholding Children's Rights”. The official closing ceremony will take place on 24 April.The trainings cover the general principles of the Convention on the Right of the Child CRC, and include case studies and examples from many countries around the world.
“These trainings are only the beginning of a long cooperation between the Higher Judicial Institute and UNICEF” said Judge Bakkar from the Higher Judicial Institute at the opening.
Raising awareness among judges and prosecutors is an important step. “A critical next step will be to ensure that children’s rights are adequately reflected in the new Libyan constitution. This will determine to what extent a rights-based approach can be reflected in the legal system” commented Eliza Murtazaeva, UNICEF Libya Child Protection Specialist.