Child Foundationin 31st Session of the Human Rights Council

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Child Foundation’s President attended the United Nation’s 31st Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. He met with Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, to discuss the effects of sanctions on our humanitarian work in Iran. He also met with Mr. Rory Mungoven, Chief of the Asia Pacific section of the OHCHR, and Ms. Leila Zerrougui, Special representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict, to discuss the condition of children in armed conflict.

Dr. Raoofi presented Child Foundation’s position to the body of the session on March 9th and 10th. In his first statement, he asked for schools to be immune to strikes, attacks on schools to be considered war crimes, and those responsible to be actively persecuted. He also asked that countries hosting refugees in camps should be urged to include children’s education among their priorities. In his second statement, he discussed the importance of education in defeating extremism and requested that wars, armed conflicts, and sanctions be classified as measures that violate human rights, and those who impose or promote them should be branded as violators of human rights. They were all well received. Please see our video here and here.

We also had two conferences as our side event, both focused on the Situation of Children in Armed Conflicts. In the first conference, our own Dr. Raoofi talked about The Psychological Impact of Armed Conflict on Children. Sabine Rakotomalala, UNICEF’s deputy coordinator of Child Protection Working Group, talked about “Children in Armed Conflicts and how to use the minimum standards for child protection in humanitarian settings.” The second day event was also moderated by Dr. Raoofi and presenters included Nadia Alkotbi, Iraqi Women Organization Project Manager; Eva-Maria Savelsberg, President of the European Center for Kurdish Studies.