Azerbaijani parliament hosts meeting of PACE Sub-Committee on Children
- 31 May 2017
The Sub-Committee on Children of the PACE Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development is holding a meeting in the Azerbaijani Parliament, APA reported.
Within the framework of the meeting, a parliamentary session entitled "Protection of children and increasing their knowledge in the digital environment" was organized, APA reported.
Speaking at the event, Vice Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament Bahar Muradova noted that Azerbaijan always acted with legislative initiatives in the field of human rights. According to her, these laws create good conditions for regulating issues in this area. The vice speaker noted that important steps are being taken in Azerbaijan in the field of information security of children as well. She noted the importance of cooperation with PACE in this area.
The Chairperson of the Sub-Committee, Baroness Doreen Massey, noted that in the modern world people benefit from the Internet. According to her, parents should nevertheless understand that these opportunities can affect children in a negative way and lead to their exploitation. Massey said the PACE attaches particular importance to the safety of children, stressing that a special commission oversees the strategy for children's rights.
MP Sevinj Fataliyeva said the holding of the meeting in Azerbaijan is of great importance, noting the importance of disseminating the experience gained in this field.
Chairwoman of the Parliamentary Committee on Family, Women and Children Affairs Agiya Nakhchivanli said that 30 percent of Azerbaijan's population is made up of children. According to her, the problem of children in Azerbaijan is always in the focus of attention and child care in the country is growing every year. According to Nakhchivanli, Azerbaijan has joined all international documents in connection with the rights of children. She stressed that children’s rights were violated in the wake of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
"Moreover, there are in excess of a million refugees and internally displaced persons in Azerbaijan. More than 300,000 of them are children. That’s one of the main factors leading to the violation of children’s rights," she said.
The meeting will continue throughout the day.