The United Nations must take immediate action to respond to human rights violations against children in Iran: Save the Children

London/Geneva, 22 November 2022 Save the Children calls on the United Nations Human Rights Council meeting later this week to strongly condemn and respond to reports of the killing, maiming and detention of hundreds of children in Iran and to establish an independent investigative mechanism.

This mechanism must be adequately equipped and resourced to investigate the full range of violations against children.

The UN should also use all its power to demand the immediate release of hundreds of children detained during protests in Iran in recent weeks when it convenes an urgent special session later this week.

According to the United Nations, more than 40 children have been killed and between 500-1,000 children are believed to be among more than 14,000 people detained, some at risk of execution, after deadly crackdowns on protesters in Iran.

The protests began after the death on September 16 of young woman Mahsa Gina Amini, 22, who died in police custody.

Inger Ashing, CEO of Save the Children International, said it was imperative that immediate action be taken to prevent and stop all human rights violations against children, including the release of hundreds of children currently in detention.

Children should never be targeted for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. They should not be subjected to this kind of violence and fear or be locked away from their families just for talking. This violence must stop immediately and the children must be released from detention.

Iran ratified United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child It states that the arrest, detention or imprisonment of children should be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time. It also states that children MusTo also be treated with respect and care, and to be able to maintain contact with their families. This is one of the core UN human rights treaties and it must be upheld.”

The Human Rights Council will hold a special session on Thursday 24 November to address the “deteriorating human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, particularly with regard to women and children” at the request of Council members.

Save the Children is the world’s largest independent children’s rights organization, reaching tens of millions of children annually in nearly 120 countries through its work to save and improve children’s lives. Securing children’s rights is the basis of our work. The organization is not active in Iran.

Save the Children 2030 is committed to ensuring zero tolerance of violence against children and protecting the most vulnerable children around the world. This includes working with governments to develop and implement protection policies for children as well as listening to and involving them in decision-making.

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