Would You Marry Me? Child Marriage in Iran

This week our design intern Patryk has been working with Maral to produce an image that uses data gathered from Ebtekar News  and the Society for Protecting the Rights of the Child. At first glance the bold numbers jump off the page, leading us to delve deeper into the narratives behind the numbers.

The 13 hidden in the background?

Sharia law recognises girls as adults when they turn nine, and while the minimum age for marriage in Iran is 13 for girls and 15 for boys, younger children can be married off with the approval of their guardians and the court.

85% of the nearly 2 million Iranians under the age of 19 to marry over the past 6 years were girls.

More than 200,000 Iranians under the age of 15 were married; 97% of them were girls.

In 2010, 716 Iranian girls younger than 10 were married.

Who is asking, „Would you marry me?“

The Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr Ahmad Shaheed, wrote in his latest UN report that he is ‚deeply concerned about reports that the Legal Affairs Committee of the Iranian Parliament has announced that the law that prohibits the marriage of girls below the age of 13 is considered to be “un-Islamic and illegal”‘.


Iran ./. UNHCR – Documents

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Iran (Islamic Republic of) and UN Charter-based Bodies

Iran (Islamic Republic of) and UN Treaty Bodies


New report by Ahman Shahid about Human Rights situation in Iran

The. present report is the second to be submitted to the Human Rights Council,
pursuant to Council resolution 16/9, and communicates developments in the human rights
situation of the Islamic Republic of Iran that have transpired since the submission of the
Special Rapporteur‟s second interim report to the 67th session of the General Assembly
(A/67/369) in October 2012.
The present report outlines the Special Rapporteur‟s activities since the Council‟s
renewal of his mandate during its 19
session , examines ongoing issues, and presents
some of the most recent and pressing developments in the country‟s human rights situation.
Although the report is not exhaustive, it provides a picture of the prevailing situation as
observed in the preponderance of reports submitted to and examined by the Special
Rapporteur. It is envisaged that a number of important issues not covered in the present
report will be addressed in the Special Rapporteur‟s future reports to the General Assembly
and the Human Rights Council.



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