The Statutes of “Association for the Abolition of Child Labour in Iran”
The Association for the Abolition of Child Labour in Iran (AACLI) is an international organisation whose aim is to campaign for the banning of child labour and the abolition of wage slavery of children. In measure with its resources, AACLI will aid all genuine campaigns in defence of children’s rights, support all organisations struggling against child labour internationally, and participate in their calls for defending the rights of children (such as in campaigns for the abolition of child labour, against the sexual exploitation and trade of children, and against child conscription) and will in turn, call on all concerned organisations and institutions to join in its activities and campaigns. AACLI recognises as its immediate task the advancement of this international campaign in Iran.
I. AACLI demands that all children below the age of 18 (as stipulated in the International Convention on the Rights of Children) should enjoy statutory, free, secular and modern education.
II. AACLI demands that all children should be fully provided with all the civil rights as stipulated in the most recent international conventions on human rights.
III. AACLI demands that the activities of organisations defending the rights of children should be legalised and that they should enjoy full legal protection by judicial and governmental authorities.
IV. AACLI demands that special attention should be paid to secure the rights of girls and female workers and alleviate their dual exploitation, and that changes in the law should be made in order to ban any form of child labour by girls.
V. ACCLI demands that sexual exploitation of children at home, in the sex industry and trade and in pornography should be severely banned and those found guilty of perpetrating such anti-human crimes should be punished.
VI. AACLI demands that the legal rights of all those children born out of wedlock and without the recognition of religious or formal authorities to be respected and that all such children should be issued birth certificates.
VII. AACLI demands that special treatment should be provided to orphans and single-parent children.
VIII. AACLI demands that adequate and immediate care should be provided to war-stricken children and those children whose livelihood is in imminent danger.
I. AACLI is a democratic and independent organisation
II. The organising council is the highest organ of AACLI and is elected bi-annually.
III. ACCLI is supervised by the organising council.
IV. AACLI is based on national bureaux.
V. The elected representatives of national bureaux participate in the central conference which is held bi-annually and has the task of electing the organising council and deciding over general policies and main campaigns of AACLI.
VI. The conference of national bureaux is held annually and has the task of electing the spokesperson of national bureaux and deciding over the policies of AACLI at national level and in line with the guidelines set by the central conference.
VII. The necessary quorum for national and central conferences is the presence of a simple majority of delegates eligible to vote.
VIII. Resolutions and elections of national and central conferences are valid if they acquire the votes of a simple majority of delegates present.
I. Any person who adheres to the aims of AACLI can join it.
II. A member should pay his or her dues.
III. Membership dues are paid annually. It is 100 SEK for each individual member.
IV. Children below the age of 15 are honorary members of AACLI, they do not pay dues and cannot vote in official meetings of AACLI.
V. Children above the age of 15 who have earnings and financial resources are expected to pay the equivalent of 50 SEK for their membership dues, and they enjoy all the rights of full members.
In order to achieve its aims, AACLI will endeavour to carry out the following:
I. Compilation and publication of materials in different languages about child labour in Iran.
II. Waging campagins against the discrimination and dual exploitation of girls and for the removal of hardships imposed on female workers.
III. Struggling against the sexual exploitation of children in the sex industry and trade and in pornography.
IV. Liaising with international institutions and authorities in order to present and highlight the tragic lives of child labourers in Iran and demand certain actions in order to improve their situation and ban their exploitation.
V. Drafting of a secular and modern curriculum as an alternative to the existing educational programs in the above countries and attempting to gain support for it by the relevant national and international authorities.
VI. Drafting of new conventions with the aim of further improvement in the situation of children and attempting to ratify and implement them.
VII. Holding of seminars and conferences on the rights of children and their situation in order to raise public awareness and gain interest among concerned international organisations and bodies.
VIII. Organising demonstrations and protest actions.
IX. Staging photo exhibitions, theatres, celebrations, etc., to highlight the situation of children in Iran for the general public.
X. Periodic publication of the names of characters, organisations, journals which have supported its overall aims.
XI. Working in close cooperation and in coordination with organisations which strive to ban child labour.
XII. Conducting an educational campaign to discredit the concept of “cultural relativism” which has become a means to legitimatise the plight of children in the so-called developing countries, a pretext to defend measures which contradict the premises of the International Convention on the Rights of Children, and a prop to make permanent differences which currently exist between the situation and treatment of children in different parts of the world.
XIII. Staging a campaign to ban under-age marriages and child circumcision.
XIV. Compilation of photos, reports and films about child labour and dissemination of such resources to the public and concerned organisations.