Insight Iran’s Submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
Insight Iran submitted an alternative report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in advance of the Committee’s review of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Third Periodic Report. The submission examined the IRI’s criminal justice system when dealing with crimes committed by, and against, children.
The IRI continues to breach its obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and has failed to change its laws and practices in accordance with the CRC principles such as non-discrimination (art. 2), best interest of the child (art. 3), and right to life, survival and development (art. 6).
These rights are at higher risk under certain circumstances, including when a child becomes subject to criminal law, whether as an offender or victim. In the both scenarios, there must be special judicial procedures and legal safeguards for children, distinguished from the criminal system designed for adults, which complies with international standards and the obligations of the IRI under the CRC and other international human rights instruments.
It is evident that the whole criminal justice system in Iran, despite some developments, is far from international standards and when it comes to children it fails to comply with the IRI’s international obligations. The executive summary of the Insight Iran’s submission can be downloaded here.
Insight Iran also joined other leading human rights NGOs such as Amnesty International, Justice for Iran, Iran Human Rights, and Baha’i International Community to make a joint submission to the Committee. One of the most comprehensive of its kind, the joint submission covers various areas of concern with regard to the IRI’s commitments pursuant to the CRC. The Committee working group is going to hold a pre-sessional meeting in June 2015, where they will consider the submissions and prepare for upcoming session of the review of the IRI later this year.