UNICEF Iran encourages government to bring into force the Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflicts
TEHRAN, 19 February 2012– On the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (OPAC), UNICEF office in Iran said today it was encouraging the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to ratify this protocol.
“The government of Iran has in practice demonstrated a good commitment in adhering to this protocol by not engaging children in armed conflicts or recruiting them in combat forces” said UNICEF Representative Mohamed El Munir Safieldin,” The ratification of this protocol will record yet another important achievement for the Iranian government in fulfilling children’s rights in line with the internationally accepted standards.”
The Optional Protocol emphasizes that states parties shall take all feasible measures to ensure that members of their armed forces who have not attained the age of 18 years do not take a direct part in hostilities and that persons under the age of 18 are not compulsorily recruited into their armed forces.
There are two optional protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child: the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (OPAC) and the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography (OPSC). Iran is already a party to OPSC.
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