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All we talk about is Genocide?: Armenia joins global campaign to stop violence

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  • All we talk about is Genocide?: Armenia joins global campaign to stop violence

    I like to spotlight other current events every once in a while for those who think Armenia and Armenians only care about Genocide...
    Hovik (press release)
    July 28 2005

    Armenia joins global campaign to stop violence against children

    UNICEF, Council of Europe and representatives of the Ministry of
    Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Labor and Social Issues and State Police
    called today for immediate action to put an end to violence against

    (I-Newswire) - `In Armenia we need to give the issue of violence
    against children in homes, schools and other places in their
    community the visibility and public attention this deserves,' Sheldon
    Yett, UNICEF Representative in Armenia said, addressing a round table
    organized on the heels of the Regional Consultations on Violence
    Against Children held in Ljubljana on 5-7 July 2005. `It is essential
    that polices and procedures are in place to help prevent violence
    against children, support child victims and strengthen reporting,
    referral and response mechanisms.'

    Studies in many countries have repeatedly shown that victims of
    physical abuse during childhood have an increased risk of becoming
    violent offenders themselves.

    `Violence against children can occur everywhere, in every family and
    in every society. In Armenia, as in almost all countries, it is
    often a hidden problem that is vastly under-reported,' Yett said

    A 2003 UNICEF Armenia survey found that poor living conditions,
    unemployment and the psychological stress of poverty had resulted in
    an increase in the number of cases of abuse and neglect not only in
    the family but also in schools and children's institutions.

    The study revealed that in many families slapping and beating are
    perceived as a `means of upbringing'. In many children's institutions
    as well as in schools corporal punishment is still a common practice.

    The Ljubljana conference was hosted by the Government of Slovenia
    and organized in close consultation with UNICEF, WHO the Council of
    Europe, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the
    NGO Advisory Panel on the UN Study on Violence Against Children. The
    consultation is one of nine worldwide that will feed into a major
    study mandated by the UN General Assembly on Violence Against

    Representatives of 40 countries as well as 24 child delegates
    participating in the Regional Consultations in Ljubljana adopted a
    final document called `Ljubljana Commitment'. By adopting this
    document, the Government of Armenia and other countries in the region
    pledged to take immediate steps to tackle the problem of violence
    against children in their respective countries and to adopt measures
    to prevent such cases from happening in future.

    For more information, please contact:

    Emil Sahakyan, UNICEF Armenia, [email protected]
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