Iran children are the most vulnerable under the mullahs since they neither protect nor promote the rights of children. On the World Children’s Day, here is a brief glance on the plight of children in Iran.
Poverty, hunger, child labor, child abuse, trafficking and sale of children and infants are among the hallmarks of Iranian children’s lives. Furthermore, the regime’s laws promote violation of children’s rights by sanctioning child labor, early marriages, honor killings, etc.
The Iranian regime is a signatory of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, but it does not take any action to safeguard and protect the rights and lives of children in Iran, particularly the girl children.
The child’s right to life and freedom from cruel punishment
Article 6 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child obliges all states parties to recognize that every child has the inherent right to life and ensure to the maximum extent possible the survival and development of the child.
The CRC stipulates that no child shall be deprived of his or her liberty unlawfully or arbitrarily.
The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child shall be in conformity with the law and shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time. And that every child deprived of liberty shall be treated with humanity and respect for the inherent dignity of the human person, and in a manner which takes into account the needs of persons of his or her age. They shall have the right to prompt access to legal and other appropriate assistance.
The CRC also calls on States Parties to ensure that no child is subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without possibility of release shall be imposed for offences committed by persons below eighteen years of age.
This is not the case in Iran where children are arrested, tortured, and sentenced to death without having access to a lawyer.
At least 29 juveniles were among those killed in the streets during the November 2019 uprising across Iran. Many more injured young protesters were snatched from hospitals and imprisoned under inhuman conditions and tortured to make false confessions against themselves. They were not provided medical treatment for their injuries as a way of further physical torture.
The Iranian regime is the world top executioner of minors.