Statement in support of children of prisoners. Prison: A Punishment for the Imprisoned or for their Children?
Tuesday 7 June 2011, by
Feminist School: The increasing number of prisoners in Iran, regardless of the charges against them or their crimes, has hidden and disturbing consequences on their children. They are the forgotten voices of the bulging prison population. There are no precise figures as to the number of prisoners in the penal establishment. As such, it is difficult to assess the impact of their absence within the social and familial structure, in general, and on their children in particular.
Moreover, children below the age of 18 have to grapple with a whole set of issues that require special attention. These include: absence of imprisoned fathers or mothers for an undetermined period of time; being forced to stay away from their home and familiar surroundings (many are cared for by persons other than their immediate family); despair, loneliness, fear of losing their imprisoned mother or father forever, and feelings of guilt, shame, lack of trust, anxiety, and depression; economic pressures, should the imprisoned mother or father be the main breadwinner.
Because these children do not benefit from the presence of their closest caregivers, they face potentially crippling disruptions in their daily lives. This situation is even more severe for children with imprisoned mothers, as mothers usually shoulder the lion’s share of caring for children. Younger children are sometimes housed with their mothers in prison. The unsuitable conditions of prison and the emotional and psychological pressures inflicted on their mothers affect them more severely.
Given the different social conditions and emotional pressures faced by children of prisoners, they require special care. As such, ensuring the rights of the children of prisoners needs special attention. The imprisonment of their parents should not translate as punishment for children. According to Article 9 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), to which Iran is a signatory, "a child shall not be separated from his or her parents against their will," unless it is determined that "separation is necessary for the best interests of the child."
The best interest of the child is one of the guiding principles of the CRC. In the case of the children of prisoners, such interest would be best served by initiatives inside the prison that minimize the psychological trauma of children during visits to their parents. The signatories to this petition request the Judiciary of the Islamic Republic of Iran and UNICEF, to work to minimize the emotional and psychological damage to children of prisoners by ensuring the following conditions for children of political and non-political prisoners:
– Regular in person visits of children with their imprisoned parents and the creation of an appropriate and conducive atmosphere in which these visits take place, including not subjecting these children to the presence of officials in uniform during the visit
– special entrance to prisons for children visiting with their parents to avoid unnecessary exposure to the penal apparatus.
– provision of toys in the visitation rooms
– use of bright and uplifting colors in the visitation areas
– allowing prisoners to visit with their children in regular clothes, as opposed to prison uniform
– allowing prisoners to visit with their children on special dates such as the birthday of children, parents, New Years, etc.
– Judiciary of the Islamic Republic of Iran
– Office of UNICEF in Tehran
– Regional Office of UNICEF
– UNICEF Headquarters in NY
– The High Commissioner for Human Rights
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