Coram International is undertaking a comprehensive assessment of the juvenile Justice system in Azerbaijan. The review analyses the existing legal and institutional arrangements, de jure and de facto, the technical and infrastructural support required to improve Azerbaijan’s juvenile justice policy, institutional framework and capacity, as well as information on actual practices relating to juvenile justice that limit access, create risks for juveniles, and opportunities for corrupt practices. Based on the assessment Coram International will develop a draft National Strategy to Strengthen Juvenile Justice in consultation with the MOJ and other stakeholders. The Strategy will include recommendations on sequencing and timeline, estimated implementation costs and indicators to assess results and impact, model legislation and implementing regulations to give effect to the Strategy as well as a fiscal impact assessment for Strategy implementation.
In 2010, Coram International conducted an evaluation of a diversion project for children in conflict with the law in Azerbaijan, measuring the implementation of the programme against the project objectives. The evaluation encompassed a review of the quality of services delivered, and their effectiveness; a mapping of the profile of beneficiaries; the identification of any challenges, and the provision of recommendations for programme model adjustments to address these. The evaluation involved comprehensive discussions with children and their families (who participated in the programme) as well as an in-depth look at the comparative cost to the State of placing children in detention compared to referring children to the diversion scheme.
Coram International, in partnership with NGO Reliable Futures and the NGO Alliance for Children’s Rights, facilitated training workshops for police head investigators and interrogators, legal clinic and diversion centre staff, and police child inspectors in 2009.
In 2007-2008, Coram International conducted a review of child protection legislation, policies and institutions in the light of international standards, and provided recommendations for redrafting and development. Furthermore, Coram International provided technical assistance to the State Committee on Family, Women and Children’s Affairs to establish the role and mandate of an Inter-ministerial Coordination Council on Child Rights.
In 2006-2007, Coram International conducted a detailed assessment of the system for dealing with children in conflict with the law in Azerbaijan. The analysis evaluated law, policy and practice in light of international law and recommendations made to the State by the UN CRC Committee. Coram International provided a set of recommendations to the Government to address challenges within the system. The juvenile justice analysis highlighted the lack of effective community alternatives to detaining juvenile offenders. As a result of this Coram International worked with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, UNICEF and the NGO Alliance for Children’s Rights to develop and implement a diversion and alternative sentencing scheme in one district in Baku. Coram International provided technical assistance and training on implementing and monitoring the case-management system, referral procedures and good practice in working with children in conflict with the law.