Concluding Observations Committee on the Rights of the Child CRC/C/IRN/CO/3-4 para
80
Full recommendation:
The Committee draws the State party’s attention to its general comment No. 17 (2013) on the
right of the child to rest, leisure, play, recreational activities, cultural life and the arts, and urges
the State party to stop discriminating against girls in access to these rights, and to ensure that
they are guaranteed the same rights to enjoy cultural, artistic and sports activities on equal
terms with boys.
Assessment using Impact Iran human rights indicators1
There is currently no law in Iran that specifically protects the right of children to rest, leisure,
play and partake in recreational activities.2 However, school regulations, which are enforced by
school principals, include breaks as well as plans for exercise and recreation classes in their
curricula.3
After accepting the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Islamic Republic of Iran, while
establishing the "National Authority for the Convention on the Rights of the Child" in the
Ministry of Justice, prepared a set of measures to implement the provisions of this convention in
various dimensions. One of these measures is the preparation of the "National Document on the
Rights of the Child,"4 which has been discussed in the media since 2014 and, according to
reports, has been approved by the "Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution."5 Article 5 of
this "National Document" refers to the issue of children's right to rest, recreation and play.6
However, this document is currently a strategic document and in order to be implemented, there
is a need for instructions and other details that must be followed and implemented by the
responsible institutions.7 Although the full text of the document is not yet available to the public,
according to Justice Ministry officials, it addresses the right of children to rest, leisure, and play.8
The issue of children's right to rest, leisure, and play has been raised by experts in Iranian media
for years and is part of domestic discourse.9 There are nevertheless many shortcomings in
1

CRC.17.1.S.1.1; CRC.17.1.S.4; CRC.30.1.S.1
CRC.17.1.P.2.1; ESCR.15.1.1.P.1; ESCR.15.1.1.P.2
CRC.17.1.O.1; CRC.29.1.O.2; CRC.30.1.O.1; CRC.30.1.O.2; ESCR.15.1.1.O.3
2
https://www.isna.ir/news/94072215014/
3
https://www.ghazavatonline.com/?p=14053
4
The government of I.R of Iran website
5
PANA news agency
6
https://sccr.ir/News/11437/1/
7
Mehr News Agency
8
Ibid.
9
Recent reports: IRNA news agency; ISNA news agency; Hamshahri Newspaper; Mehr New Agency; The Welfare Organization

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