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UNICEF Congratulates Iran on signing the Protocol on Involvement of Children in Armed Conflicts

Tehran, 3 October 2010 - UNICEF Iran would like to express its appreciation to the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for signing the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Optional Protocol on banning the involvement of children in armed conflicts (OPAC) demands the protection of children from recruitment and the impact of armed conflicts and recognizes that children associated with armed forces are being deprived of their basic rights. “I would like to congratulate the Government and Children of Iran on this positive step. We hope this will serve as a major advancement in protecting children and ensuring that they live a life free from violence and exploitation”, said UNICEF representative in Iran, Paul Hulshoff . Four new Member States joined the OPAC this year, with Gabonese Republic and the Republic of Malawi ratifying and the Islamic Republic of Iran and Ethiopia signing, bringing the total number of Member States adhering to this Optional Protocol to 141. Iranian Foreign Minister, Mr. Manouchehr Mottaki signed the Optional Protocol in a ceremony at the 65th UN general assembly in September in New York. 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 signatory to OPSC.



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