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Child labour in Iran
In 2002 the International Labor Organization (ILO) nominated June 12th as the World Day against Child Labour.

Every year since then, this day has been used to raise awareness of the issue and prevent the extension of this deplorable phenomenon.

Iran currently has one of the youngest populations in the world with seventy per cent of its 80,957,894 people under the age of 35. Although this could imply to be representing a progressive and prosperous society, but the truth is quite the opposite.

Despite the country being rich in natural resources, such as oil and gas, and with a rich legacy from its ancient culture and civilization, the youth, especially the children in Iran are deprived of even their most basic human rights. This section of Iranian society is the most vulnerable and suffers the most from deprivation.

Iran is home to 7 million child labourers

The number of child labourers in Iran is on the rise according to the state-run news agencies of Iran.

While Sarah Rezaie, a member of the self-styled Imam Ali population, tried to play down this social problem by claiming that there are only two million children working in Iran, official and other unofficial statistics show the number of child laborers as far more like seven million.

According to the Iranian official news agency Tasnim, there are 7 million child laborers and street children in Iran with 3.2 million children have dropped out of school. Officials have told state-run news agencies and websites about a considerable number of children being abused for drug trafficking and sex.

Nahid Tajeddin, a deputy from Isfahan, says, "Some urban economic experts put the number of child labourers in Iran between 3 and 7 million, while this figure has been estimated to be 20,000 for Tehran. Since most of these children do not have any registered IDs, there are no accurate statistics in this regard."

"Most of the children are between the ages of 10-15 but, according to eyewitness accounts, children under the age of 5 and even infants have been involved in forced labor", she added. (ISNA state-run News Agency – June 12, 2017)

In Iran, many children are working over six hours a day on the streets. They do not get even one hot meal a day and often become prey to various infections and diseases.

Children, especially those who have no birth certificate as they have never been registered, are often traded in exchange for money as even if they are killed, nobody will know or be able to trace them.

The children are often seriously underweight and suffer from back and joint pain because they are engaged in hazardous and hard labour, but don't have access to treatment.

The fact is that a child's monthly income is one-fifth of the minimum salary. When they are sick or injured as a result of accidents, they do not have any support, such as health insurance as they cannot pay the premium.

Every child has the right to live, learn, and play, to be happy, safe, and free. But under the tyrannical rule of the Iranian regime, children in Iran are deprived of even their most basic human rights. By spending its treasure and time on foreign exploits in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Lebanon, the Iranian regime paved the way for the sale and trafficking of children and forced or compulsory labour, including their use in war.

Child soldiers

In the 1980-1988 war with Iraq, Iran used child soldiers extensively, with estimates of up to 100,000 being killed. They sent the children into battle with a plastic "key to paradise" around their necks, issued personally by the Ayatollah. It is happening again today in Syria and elsewhere.

This is childhood in the theocracy of the mullahs.

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