UNODC and UNOCT Support Central Asia and South Caucasus States to Prevent Recruitment and Reintegrate Children Recruited and Exploited by Terrorist and Violent Extremist Groups

15 October, Almaty, Kazakhstan - A regional workshop on the Prevention of Child Recruitment and Exploitation as well as the Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Children Recruited and Exploited by Terrorist or Violent Extremist Groups was inaugurated by H.E. Ambassador Stanislav Vassilenko from Kazakhstan.

The workshop brought together 40 participants from security, justice and social protection sectors from five Central Asian States, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The workshop is organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, under its Global Programme on Violence Against Children, in partnership with the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism with the financial support of the Federal Government of Germany.

Ms. Ashita Mittal, UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia, in her welcoming remarks, emphasized the necessity to acknowledge that child recruitment has shared roots, and they are to be found in the failure to protect children from violence - "Our responses need to be guided by a common interest, that of supporting these children's rehabilitation and reintegration."

The workshop included expert presentations and practical exercises on approaches and measures to prevent child recruitment and exploitation, as well as promote the rehabilitation and reintegration of these children.

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