Rights of the Child in Iran

Joint Alternative Report by Civil Society Organizations on the Implementation of the Convention of the Rights of the Child by the Islamic Republic of Iran

Submitted within the Framework of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child's review of the 3rd and 4th Periodic Reports of the Islamic Republic of Iran

This joint alternative report aims to contribute to the upcoming review by the Committee on the Rights of the Child (“Committee”) of the combined third and fourth periodic state reports on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (“CRC” or “Convention”). This submission reflects the efforts of 21 international and Iranian human rights organizations to provide the Committee with a broad assessment of some of the pressing rights issues affecting children in Iran. These issues are organized along the clusters of the CRC.

The information provided in this submission is based on extensive witness-based testimony, legal analysis by Iranian attorneys, reviews of the government’s statistical databases, and surveys of the country’s domestic media, supplemented by other forms of primary and secondary research. The following organizations have contributed to or endorse this report:

Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation
Advocates for Human Rights
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Arseh Sevom
Association of Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran-Geneva
Centre for Supporters of Human Rights
Child Rights International Network (CRIN)
Committee of Human Rights Reporters
European Ahwazi Human Rights Organisation
Ensemble contre la peine de mort (ECPM)
Human Rights Activists of Iran
Impact Iran
International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
Iran Human Rights
Iran Human Rights Documentation Center
Iranian Queer Organization
Small Media
United for Iran
Universal Tolerance
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