Written statement by Südwind
Contemporary forms of Slavery in the I.R. Iran
30th session of the HRC
In 1928, Iran passed a law banning the sale and purchase of humans. Anyone who engaged in the purchase and sale of humans or acted as middleman or transported slaves was according to the law sentenced to 3 years imprisonment.
However slavery in various forms had continued to exist in the country. This report will highlight the continuing, forms of modern slavery which, are still in practice.
The root causes of modern slavery derive from poverty, social exclusion, discrimination, cultural practices and violence against women. Contemporary forms of slavery in Iran are manifested in early child marriage, sexual slavery, sale and rent of children and the sale of wives for sexual exploitation. Some forms of slavery are embedded in the law and enforce traditional practices.