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Tehran NGO supporting street children shut down by police

Source: Feminist School, Iran

Police shut-down the Society for Defense of Street and Working Children ( on November 22, 2008. A nongovernmental organization based in Tehran, The society was founded in 2003 to "empower street and working children [and] to familiarize society with their dilemmas."

(original news in Persian)

Tehran's police last year warned the NGO that its work permit had expired and that it would be required to reapply for a new permit due to its decision to convene "mixed-gender classes and to register [illegal] immigrant children for class attendance."

The education committee of the society provided classroom instruction up to the seventh grade for 160 children between the ages of 7 and 18.

But Colonel Hamdollah of the Law Enforcement Force's Immigration and Aliens Office ordered the society to shutdown and end its activities.

... Payvand News - 12/01/08 ... --

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