ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan-Azerbaijan Alumni Association, in collaboration with faculty of social sciences, organised a seminar on the theme of “society’s role and responsibilities: anti-harassment and child protection” at the SZABIST University, Islamabad.
Speakers included Ambassador of Republic of Azerbaijan Ali Alizade, head of campus Khusro Perviz Khan, Youth Forum for Kashmir (YFK) Executive Director Ahmed Quraishi, child expert Samina Karim and legal expert Advocate Huma Jamil Baber.
Speaking on the occasion, Alizade said children were the most vulnerable segment of any society. “Every single child has the right to grow up in a safe and nurturing environment – free from any form of violence, abuse, harassment or neglect,” he said.
He said protection of child rights was not limited to the adoption of relevant legislative acts but concrete measures were also important. “The government of Azerbaijan always took important measures for social protection of children,” the envoy said.
“In Azerbaijan, the issues concerning the social and legal protection of children are regulated by the constitution of the country and a number of laws. There are the group of vulnerable children in our country as well including refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) due to Armenian aggression against our country,” he elaborated while highlighting the situation of child rights in his country. “Today, 20% of Azerbaijan’s territory is under the occupation of Armenia and more than one million people, 40% of them children, have become refugees and IDPs.”
“The government takes important measures for the protection of vulnerable children with the support of international organisations. Children without parental care are under the special protection of the state,” he said.
Co-founder Pakistan-Azerbaijan Alumni Association Qaiser Nawab said child protection was a very important subject and the government and society must play their role regarding adoption and implementations of child protection and anti-harassment laws.