Kyrgyzstan creates position of children's ombudsman


BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan's government created a children's ombudsman position, reported Wednesday (June 19), citing the Kyrgyz commissioner for human rights' press office.

Ombudsman Tokon Mamytov signed an order making Deputy Ombudsman Gulnara Jamgyrchiyeva the first children's ombudsman in Kyrgyzstan.

The decision was made in response to growing child abuse and juvenile delinquency.

The government also is seeking to provide prompt assistance to children who have suffered abuse and to adults who support them, such as schoolteachers, social workers and police investigators of juvenile offences.

Keeping children healthy and safe is considered one means of preventing their recruitment by extremists.

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