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Oct 11 2013

Paedophilia law in Iran confirmed by Guardian Council

Fitnah_CFN_iranped_finalThe Guardian Council has now approved the bill passed by the Islamic regime of Iran’s Majlis or parliament for the “protection” of children and young people, which includes a clause allowing men to marry their adopted daughters with the permission of a court..

The bill had previously been denied and sent back for review because it had originally banned the marriage of step-fathers and their adopted daughters; the Guardian Council found this to be in contradiction with Islamic Sharia law.

The law legalising paedophilia and child rape has sparked outrage in Iran and across the globe though it is touted as an attempt to solve problems related to the hijab or veil in the family. An adopted daughter is expected to wear the veil in the presence of her father and a mother is expected to do so in the presence of her adopted son if he is old enough.

Children First Now and Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation unequivocally condemn this inhuman law. Today, on 11 October, International Day of the Girl Child, we call on the public and rights organisations to condemn this legalised paedophilia and child rape. This law, like many other laws in the Islamic regime of Iran, violates the dignity and rights of children. And it must be stopped.

Here are five things you can do on 11 October, International Day of the Girl Child, to condemn legalised paedophilia and child rape, and demanding dignity, security and rights for all girls and children in Iran and beyond:

1. Tweet against the law: #Iran #No2LegalPaedophilia

2. Sign our petition and forward it to 10 friends or acquaintances.

3. Write to Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Leader, [email protected], Twitter: @khamenei_ir or to Hassan Rouhani, President, [email protected], Twitter: @hassanrouhani demanding an end to child rape and paedophilia.

4. Publicise the campaign on social media including by changing your social media profile to our campaign poster. Join the Event on Facebook.

5. Do an act of solidarity on the internet, in your city square, at work, at your university… in support of children’s rights and against the law.

For more information, contact:

Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation
www.fitnah.org
fitnahmovement.blogspot.co.uk
[email protected]
+44 (0) 7719166731

Children First Now
www.childrenfirstnow.com
[email protected]
[email protected]
+46 70 852 67 16

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  1. 1
    Oob

    Such a horrid law…

    Sending letters is certainly of major importance, especially to these leaders, though I would avoid the “chain letter” format if at all possible.

    I am not sure facebook icons or twitter hashtags actually accomplish anything. They come off more as silly. Then again, I don’t have a facebook or twitter account anyway. Perhaps it’d get more attention if instead we went around creating topics of discussion on various message boards (when those topics are allowed)?

  2. 2
    simgiran

    Paedophilia is a sexual orientation. I doubt there was a law prohibiting such orientation and if there was such law, it would be a stupid law. People doesn’t choose their sexual orientation. This law isn’t at all about sexual orientation. It’s about marrying adopted children. Why the misleadings term there? Just because people are scared of paedophiles (based mostly on misinformation and prejudices), so it get more support? Or the author doesn’t know what the term paedophilia means?

  3. 3
    murci3lag0

    @simgiran paedophilia in this context refers to the sexual abuse of children. If you don’t see that there is also a legal context, in addition to a medical context, you’re really being disingenuous.

    1. 3.1
      simgiran

      @murci3lag0: But paedophillia is not a legal term. And the problem is that with using the word paedophilia for sexual abuse of children and paedophile for child molesters, you strenghten prejudices about paedophiles. Try to imagine you are a paedophile, you like children, you don’t want to harm children, you don’t have problems controlling your sexual urges. Even if you are generally considered a good person, at the moment you say you are a paedophile, you’ll become hated by many people. Another problem is that even children absorb the prejudices about paedophiles, now imagine you are 12 and you start realize that you are sexually attracted to 6 years old children. Some of these young people attempt a suicide. If we don’t care about what’s the effect of the lack of information and prejudices on such people, we are no better than anti-gay or anti-atheist or anti-i-don’t-know-what bigots. Also it causes problems to people who try to preventively work with paedophiles to reduce the risk they sexually abuse a child and also to help them live more happy life. (One example is https://www.dont-offend.org/ ) It bothers me, that even at atheists and atheist groups, who likes to call themselves open-minded, people otherwise careful about details overlooks significant differences or simply don’t care.

      1. murci3lag0

        http://definitions.uslegal.com/p/pedophiles/

        I already said that I agree there is a medical condition. But in the context of the OP it is clear that the subject is sexual exploitation of children. Your comments come across as a defense of the new iranian law, instead of a clarification if the paedophile condition. So why do you want to derail the main subject?

        1. simgiran

          Why don’t we rather talk about why doesn’t the author put in on stable rail instead? I don’t want to derail the main subject, but it bothers me that one hears the same ill word using at nearly every atheist website. If we keep using the terms this way, then we either make a lot of mistakes from misunderstanding or we need to add an explaination of that term every time we use it. Why does the article focus on paedophilia when it wans to criticise marriage laws? I don’t think there is more paedophiles in Iran than in US. The problem aren’t paedophiles in Iran but rather the fact the girls are treated as goods.

          1. murci3lag0

            You have a major reading and comprehension problem: you don’t understand what other people write, you only hear your own argument.

  4. 4
    Stew

    As clever as a dog licking its ass, but surely you’re not a dog.

  5. 5
    Simon Bellord

    I’m no longer convinced that I’m living in the 21st Century, as awful as this is I’m glad someone has brought it to my attention.

  6. 6
    Jadestar

    I stand with Iran. Girl-loving pedophilia is not wrong but according to nature. For a supposed “free thought” blog your thinking is constrained by all of the West’s chic unnatural social norms! Free your mind and embrace traditional wisdom, which has affirmed the goodness of child marriage in nearly every culture.

    Death to equality! Death to human rights! They are all modern constructions, but tradition is eternal!

    1. 6.1
      Maryam Namazie

      You need more help than I can provide.

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