A training session on "Protection of Children's Rights in the Context of Migration: International Standards and Existing Practices" was conducted.
Within the framework of the Regional Training Center on Migration in collaboration with the State Migration Service, the Office of the Ombudsman of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), a two-day training was held on the protection of children's rights in the context of migration.
Opening the event, Sabina Aliyeva, the Ombudsman of the Republic of Azerbaijan for Human Rights, noted that in various regions of the world, migration processes have sharply increased due to social, economic, political, and military situations. She highlighted that children constitute a particularly vulnerable group in this process.
The Ombudsman provided information on the protection and provision of the rights of individuals, including migrant children, and emphasized the close collaboration between the Ombudsman's institution and the State Migration Service. She also mentioned ongoing joint efforts with international partners to enhance the knowledge and professional skills of government employees working in the field of migration.
The Ombudsman discussed the reforms in Azerbaijan related to the protection of children's rights, including changes made to the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan regarding the Ombudsman and the establishment of an independent monitoring mechanism for the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Continuing the opening ceremony, Vusal Huseinov, the Chief of the State Migration Service, welcomed the participants and stressed that the protection of the rights of children, who represent our country's future, is always a top priority. He highlighted that in accordance with the "Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the Rights of the Child" and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the best interests of children are always paramount. He also noted that all measures are taken to protect the rights and interests of foreign and stateless children, and their social protection is provided by the state, in accordance with the law. He emphasized that Azerbaijan, for the first time, played a central role in children's migration governance by joining the "Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration" as a significant commitment, considering sensitive migration policies for children as one of its 10 key principles.
He also highlighted that by adhering to the Global Compact on Migration and in line with the international obligations of our country, the State Migration Service takes pride in its activities and aims to further improve its work in ensuring the full protection of the rights of migrant and refugee children.
Within the training framework, various presentations on different aspects of child rights protection in the context of migration were provided by representatives of UNICEF, the International Red Cross Committee, the International Organization for Migration, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the representatives of Baku State University.
At the end of the training, certificates were presented to the participants.