February 06, 2013
Where's the Coverage? Iran, #1 Worldwide in Executing Children, Elected to UNICEF Leadership
According to its Web site, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) “is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized.” On January 23, the organization issued a press release announcing that its Executive Board had elected a five-member leadership Bureau to include the Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran. You read that right.
Iran leads the world in executing child offenders, those convicted of crimes committed when they were under the age of eighteen. Just last month, Iran carried out such an execution. According to a report by Amnesty International:
Article 49 of [Iran’s] Penal Code states: "[M]inors, if committing an offence, are exempted from criminal responsibility. Their correction is the responsibility of their guardians or, if the court decides, by a centre for correction of minors."
A minor is defined as "a person who has not reached the age of maturity as stipulated by Islamic jurisprudence". The age of majority in Iran is nine for girls and 15 for boys, implying that children of these ages and above can be sentenced to death. Amnesty International is aware of one girl on death row in Iran for a crime committed when she may have been only 13, and several cases of boys who were 15 at the time of the offence, and one who may have been only 14.
Officials from the Iranian Government and the Judiciary have repeatedly stated that Iran does not execute children, even though it is known that some offenders have been executed before they reached the age of 18. However, in most cases the authorities wait until child offenders have turned 18 before executing them.
Well, that’s swell of them. By the way, you may want to amuse yourself by perusing the list of UNICEF Executive Board member states which includes China, of the infamous one-child policy with its attendant high infant abandonment rate, Russia, of the hellish orphanages, and Pakistan, where they pull young girls who want to be educated off buses and shoot them in the head.
Iran’s election was reported by the Iranian news agency FARS, Iranian operation Press TV, and the Tehran Times. Naturally, none of these outlets reported the absurdity of the story. But, neither did the western media because the western press did not report it at all.
Neither is it widely reported that Iran sits on the U.N.’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which, according to its Web site, “is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women.” Currently, an unmarried woman in Iran cannot leave the country without her father’s permission and a married woman without her husband’s, but the parliament is considering tightening restrictions. Yes, you read that right. That’s gender equality for you. And we aren’t even discussing penalties for women accused of adultery or the prevalence of honor killings.
This is the perverse institution known as the United Nations. At the CSW’s last meeting there was only one country-specific resolution and it condemned – you guessed it – Israel. Iran’s representative used his speech to excoriate – you guessed it - Israel. The previous year, there was also only one country-specific resolution, aimed at – you guessed it, again - Israel.
What is the point of a council on children’s rights that has a place for a country that sentences children as young as nine to death? What is the purpose of a commission on women’s rights that seats a country where women are stoned to death? Where is the recognition of the hypocrisy of the United Nations and the caricature it has become? And, for heaven’s sake… Where’s the Coverage?
Posted by SC at February 6, 2013 09:14 PM
Not so surprising considering the facts.
Let's look at the blockade of Yarmouk. This is a "Palestinian Refugee Camp". For the last 7 weeks it has been under siege. Not like the Israeli siege of Gaza where the southern border is controlled by another country - but a total blockade.
No water, no food, no power, no fuel, no medicines, no medical care, no building materials, no school supplies, no care, no luxury goods, no people, no exports, in fact nothing whatsoever in or out for the last 7 weeks.
It lacks a few other things as well - No UN resolutions. No NGOs issuing press releases and glossy reports. No news coverage of any sort for nearly a month. No flotillas. No convoys. No op-eds. No Twitter hashtags. No Facebook pages.
Nothing from "human rights" groups. Total silence from "pro-Palestinian activists." UNRWA - nothing, Abbas same.
Where is this camp? Syria.
Without any Jews - is there such a thing as human rights? If one looks at the world and their actions or inactions - the answer is no.
Posted by: Gee at February 6, 2013 10:14 PM
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the above. I only wish it could get wider circulation. Did you try to submit it to the Wall Street Journal?
Posted by: egon balas at February 7, 2013 08:50 PM
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