Testimony of Mina Dehghani Sarkazi: A Child Unprotected

(6 February 2013) — The Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) is a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)—a human rights treaty that requires that states act in the best interests of the child and safeguard the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children.
In many jurisdictions, including that of the IRI, properly implementing the CRC would require significant revision of child custody and guardianship laws, as well as laws protecting against abuse and exploitation. Article 19 of the CRC provides that the state should protect children against abuse and mistreatment—however according to evidence collected by the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center the IRI judiciary and legal framework often falls short in this regard. In this short video testimony, Mina Dehghani Sarkazi—a survivor of child abuse who fled Iran last year—explains how Iranian courts offered her no legal recourse when she was abused by her father. She also describes the challenges of her new life as a refugee in Turkey.