- Iranian Parliament, Iranian Government, Iranian Bar Association, UNICEF, the UN Human Rights Council
On the 22 September 2013, the Iranian Parliament ratified the new Child Protection Act in which the marriage of stepfathers with adopted girls is deemed legal.
The provisions of the related article, i.e. article 27 of the Act, not only sabotage all the efforts mobilised so far to protect the rights of some of the most vulnerable groups of the society, namely the orphans and abandoned children, but also facilitate situations where taking sexual advantage of these children is, by practical implication, considered legal and in accordance with Islamic rules.
These are children who by any humanitarian standards should be strictly under care and protection by their respective governments which, subject to conditions, may assign such a task to eligible families. But today we witness that the Iranian regulators not only fail to fully protect these children but also expose them at severe physical, mental and social risks.
We, the undersigned, call on the Iranian Parliament to immediately withdraw the new Iranian Child Protection Act from the Guardian Council and irrevocably eliminate its article 27.
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