Iraqi Children: Deprived Rights, Stolen Future
Global Research, March 13, 2013Url of this article:http://www.globalresearch.ca/iraqi-children-deprived-rights-stolen-future/5326552
Text of author’s presentation to a meeting at the United Nations, Palais des
Nations,Geneva, March 15, 2013
For two decades, Iraqi children have been subjected to grave violations of humanrights.Due to decades of war, foreign occupation and international sanctions, Iraq hasturned into one of the worst places for children in the Middle East and North Africawith around 3.5 million living in poverty, 1.5 million under the age of five
undernourished and 100 infants dying every day, (The UN Children’s Fund
(UNICEF)(IRIN News, 2007).
This report will focus on the violations by the occupying forces and the Iraqigovernment of the Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons inTime of War, Geneva, 12 August 1949, (ICRC) and the UN Convention on the Rightsof the Child.
Article 28. Right to education,
Article 29. Goals of education. All children have the right to a primary education,which should be free.
Before 1990s, Iraq‘s education system statistically surpassed its neighbours in terms of
access, literacy and gender equality. However, almost three decades of wars, cruelsanctions and humiliated blockade have pushed back those advances(Jinan Hatem Issa,2010).The youth component of the Iraqi population is the fastest growing in the nation. Iraqhad an estimated 30,399,572 people in 2011 according to the CIA World Factbook. Themedian age was 20.9, and 38% of the country was 14 or younger. Both of thosestatistics made Iraq the second youngest country in the Middle East and North Africa.This important element is obviously not being invested in, which could have detrimental