Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences
E/CN.4/2006/61/Add.3 para 75 (f)

Full recommendation:
In order to promote and support the empowerment of women in all spheres of life, it is
recommended that the Government: Support research on the linkages between discrimination
and violence against women and family and societal well-being.
Assessment using Impact Iran human rights indicators1
According to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran (“Iran”), State institutions conduct
various research on women's rights issues regularly, yet they are generally not made publicly
available.2 There is no readily available information that may indicate that these or other State
supported research initiatives have studied the linkages between discrimination and violence
against women and family and societal well-being.
There is a serious lack of comprehensive and readily available official data on the prevalence of
domestic violence in Iran.3 The Census Bureau, a governmental agency responsible for data
collection, does not permit international organizations to study the issue in the country.4
Moreover, the last extensive and public study on domestic violence conducted in Iran dates back
to 2004.5 That assessment, developed throughout 32 volumes, was made available only to
scholars and researchers at the Centre for Research in Tehran6 until 2014, when all volumes
reportedly disappeared from the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Health.7 The study

1
CCPR.3.1.S.1;
CCPR.3.1.P.1; CCPR.3.1.P.3
CCPR.3.1.O.4
2
http://women.gov.ir/fa/news/9096/
3
Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights, Centre for Supporters of Human Rights and Minority Rights Group International
September 2019, https://www.justice.gov/eoir/page/file/1203136/download; and Amnesty International, ‘You shall procreate’,
March 2015, p. 31, https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/MDE1311112015ENGLISH.pdf
4
Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights, Centre for Supporters of Human Rights and Minority Rights Group International
September 2019, https://www.justice.gov/eoir/page/file/1203136/download
5
The study was undertaken by the Women’s Centre for Presidential Advisory, the Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Higher
Education of the Islamic Republic of Iran and published in 2004. The study was conducted based on questionnaires and only
main cities were visited. A. Moradian, Domestic Violence against Single and Married Women in Iranian Society, The Chicago
School of Professional Society, August 2009 https://iranian.com/2009/09/10/domestic-violence-against-single-and-marriedwomen-in-iranian-society/. See also Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights, Centre for Supporters of Human Rights and Minority
Rights Group International
September 2019, https://www.justice.gov/eoir/page/file/1203136/download; and ISNA https://www.isna.ir/news/830707024/‫اﻋﻼم‬-‫اﺳﺘﺎن‬-28-‫در‬-‫زﻧﺎن‬-‫ﻋﻠﯿﮫ‬-‫ﺧﺎﻧﮕﻲ‬-‫ﺧﺸﻮﻧﺖ‬-‫ﺑﺮرﺳﻲ‬-‫ﻣﻠﻲ‬-‫طﺮح‬-‫ﻧﺘﺎﯾﺞ‬A
6
A. Moradian, Domestic Violence against Single and Married Women in Iranian Society, The Chicago School of Professional
Society, August 2009 https://iranian.com/2009/09/10/domestic-violence-against-single-and-married-women-in-iranian-society/
7
Young Journalists Club, https://www.yjc.ir/fa/amp/news/5055566; Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights, Centre for Supporters
of Human Rights and Minority Rights Group International, September 2019,
https://www.justice.gov/eoir/page/file/1203136/download

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