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Published Date: Wednesday 24 June 2020 - 23:37:22
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Refugee children enjoy legal protections like Iranian kids; official

Refugee children enjoy legal protections like Iranian kids; official
IRAN  - Elmira Naghizadeh, acting director of the Juvenile Court, stressed that Islamic Republic hosts a vast number of refugees and immigrants, adding that the refugee children enjoy the same legal protections like others.

Speaking at a meeting of foreign ambassadors and diplomats as well as heads of United Nations offices in Tehran, she added: "We consider children should be treated as equal human beings and should be given special protection and care due to their vulnerability."

"The legal system of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which is based on Islamic laws, has undergone extensive and positive developments in the field of children and adolescents. Efforts have been made to develop and approve laws such as the Law on the Protection of Children and Adolescents, Chapter 10 of the Islamic Penal Code and some articles of the Criminal Codes."

Naghizadeh stated that in the provisions of criminal laws, punitive measures are considered as the last resort, "as any weak reaction to this group who are very vulnerable will lead to further crimes."

"Iran has observed special criminal justice procedures for children and adolescent, including, minor's primary and revision courts, where married and experienced judges make decisions about the case. Moreover, we have trained and formed police forces to deal with juveniles. Lawyers will be present all the time and courts will be held while the parents and social services are present."


Acting director of the Juvenile Court added that it is noteworthy that these procedure are also applied to refugee children. "Islamic Republic of Iran hosts one of the largest refugee and immigrant population, these children are like Iranian children and there is no racial, ethnic or discrimination while investigating their case.

News Code: 29473
Published Date: Wednesday 24 June 2020 - 23:37:22
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