UNICEF Representative’s Speech in Juvenile Justice Workshop in Kerman
May 2014-Kerman, Iran- UNICEF Representative in Iran Dr. Mohamed El Munir Safieldin participated in the opening ceremony of a three day workshop on Juvenile Justice for judges, lawyers and social workers of Kerman province hosted and organized by legal department of the Judiciary, Kerman Province’s justice department and the UNICEF office in Iran on 17 May 2014 at the Jahangardi Hotel in Kerman.
In his remarks, Mr. Safieldin, thanked the organizers, the Judiciary and Kerman Justice officials as well as the Education unit of Justice Department for leading this training in Kerman and other provinces.
He expressed UNICEF’s appreciation of the recent legal improvements including the revised Islamic Penal Code for better justice for children and highlighted the importance of this workshop in training and guiding judges on how to implement the new laws related to justice for children.
He also highlighted the importance of the judges by emphasizing that God revealed holy books to his prophets and sent the prophets with the purpose of establishing justice (many verses in the Quran refer to this).
Mr. Safieldin also emphasized that justice and mercy are two inseparable concepts. He said the child age-vulnerability must be taken into consideration when a ruling on a child offender is made. “The teaching of the Prophet that we should treat children with mercy and old people with respect is very relevant and important to observe,” he added.
“Children are the social capital of every society.” He said “The aim of every society is to guard and protect children and to ensure they are prepared to be productive and constructive members of the society. A child locked behind the bars will not likely to develop into a productive and constructive member of the society. The Government’s new policy encouraging families to have more children necessitates better care for children.”
After emphasizing that in another context he would have spoken to judges by making reference to international treaties and standards, Mr. Safieldin said:” in the context of a country applying Islamic law like Iran, I believe it is relevant to make reference to the principles and teachings of Islam with regard to justice for children. The Islamic principles and teachings not only consistent with international standards but may exceed them in some areas.”
In the end, he appreciated the hosts and organizers once again and thanked the participants.