Iranian Police and UNICEF commemorate two years of joint cooperation for children
Tehran, 5th March 2007- Two years after the beginning of a fruitful cooperation between the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, and the Iranian Police in 2005, both institutions are commemorating their cooperation for the benefit of Iranian children and adolescents. More than 500 Police Officers have been trained on child rights and international legal standards for children, in 12 provinces of the country. UNICEF is supporting these training events and other measures as part of an overall effort of the Iranian Police to improve the technical knowledge and practical skills of law enforcement officials. The initial benefits of this cooperation for children are remarkable. Iranian children, who are in conflict with the law for any reason, will benefit from a child rights- based treatment by the Police. Police is also developing progressive knowledge and attitude to address the needs of child victims and witnesses. A coherent spread of such knowledge among the Police will lead to a sense of protection and safety in this group of children.
UNICEF believes that no child protection system can be effective unless it embraces all necessary elements of a Protective Environment. Legislation and enforcement are key elements through which societies can protect children effectively.
“All children are our children” stating this as the motto of the Police, Brigadier- General Mohammad Taghi Assar, Deputy for Education of Iranian Police said:” to materialize this motto and in line with religious instructions, we are cooperating with UNICEF to train specialized forces in juvenile justice. We also intend to coordinate our activities with the judiciary in applying domestic and international laws.”
UNICEF also supported the Police to develop regular courses on juvenile justice for Iran’s Police academy and other Police training centers. The 90-hour module at master’s level on”principles of juvenile justice and best Police practices” was developed by international experts and the material is expected to be translated and adapted for use in Iran’s Police training centers.
“The young age structure of Iran poses special challenges to the skills and knowledge of the Police when dealing with these young citizens.” said Christian Salazar Volkmann, UNICEF representative in Iran. He added:”We applaud the efforts of the Police to improve the skills of its members according to international standards such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).”
UNICEF’s child protection programme aims at protecting girls and boys of all age groups from abuse, exploitation and violence, within the household, school system and community.