Stories teaching Iranian children personal and social rights based on the United Nations convention


TEHRAN – A book series consisting of two Persian stories teaching children about their personal and social rights based on information from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) has been published.

Tahereh Shahmohammadi created the educational stories “My Personal Rights” and “My Social Rights” based on ideas produced by Mohammad-Mehdi Seyyednasseri, publisher Zekr announced on Sunday.

In this collection, a boy named Amin with his little sister, Samin, asks their parents questions and the answers provide useful information for readers aged five to eight.

Children and other people from different social strata need to know their social and personal rights in order to be treated with respect for human rights, the editor said.

The series entitled “Children and Human Rights: Stories of Samin and Amin” was illustrated by Sanaz Karimi-Tari.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is an international human rights treaty that sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children.

The Convention defines a child as any human being under the age of eighteen, unless the age of majority is reached earlier under national law.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted the convention and opened it for signature on November 20, 1989, the 30th anniversary of its Declaration of the Rights of the Child.

It entered into force on September 2, 1990, after having been ratified by the required number of nations. As of June 26, 2021, 196 countries were part of it, including all members of the United Nations except the United States.

Iran has acceded to the convention since 1991 and ratified it in parliament in 1994.

The convention deals with the specific needs and rights of children. It demands that “nations which ratify this convention be bound by international law”. Ratifying states must act in the best interests of the child.

Photo: Cover of “My Social Rights”, the second book in the “Children and Human Rights: Stories of Samin and Amin” series.



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