Regional briefings and capacity building in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Consultations on Access to justice for children in institutions

CRIN worked with a wide range of national experts, NGOs and lawyers, from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Serbia, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Belarus and Russia as part of CRIN’s Access to justice for children in institutions.

Policy research and briefings

CRIN is often contacted by partners throughout Eastern Europe and Central Asia with a variety of research and comment requests. Some of these areas of work turn into large projects - such as our report on unaccompanied children, ‘In whose interests? How the law treats unaccompanied children in CIS countries’.

Other areas of research have resulted in short regional briefings being produced. Regional topics we have covered includes male circumcision in Kyrgyzstan, monitoring of children’s institutions, bullying in Ukraine’s education system, and anti-discrimination laws for Georgia.

Advice and support to regional NGOs

CRIN has provided advice to many regional organisations around making to submissions to requests from UN Special Rapporteurs. CRIN has also facilitated partnerships between regional NGOs and Special Rapporteurs, including connecting organisations in Armenia, Georgia with the Special Rapporteur on the Sale of children; organisations in Tajikistan and Belarus with the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health; and organisations in Belarus, and Kyrgyzstan with the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

CRIN has also facilitated collective working of international NGOs with local NGOs, as well as connecting NGOs in the same or neighbouring country who are unaware of each other’s work. In recent years, we have also advised national human rights NGOs in Moldova, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan on children’s rights issues, such as incorporating access to justice, freedom of assembly and expression, and childrens right to vote into their work.