A UN reporter strongly criticizes the way Iran deals with the Corona crisis


A UN reporter strongly criticized the way the Iranian authorities dealt with the emerging crisis of the Corona virus, especially Tehran’s decision to temporarily release 70,000 prisoners, saying that this measure came “very late” and the number of those released was “very few”.”In my opinion, what the country has done is very little and very late,” Javad Rahman, the UN special rapporteur for human rights, said at a press conference in Geneva.

And Iran is the third country in the world after China and Italy in terms of the number of deaths and infections of the new Corona virus, as the number of people infected with the epidemic exceeded eight thousand people, of whom 291 died, according to the last statistic. The UN reporter considered that since the first two deaths were recorded in Iran on February 19 in the city of Qom, the virus in Iran has recorded a “rapid spread”, expressing concern over reports that there is an outbreak of Covid-19 in Iranian prisons.

The UN expert affirmed that Iran only released prisoners who were sentenced to less than five years in prison, and therefore practically excluded those convicted of endangering national security such as political prisoners and those arrested in last November’s protests. Rahman called on Tehran to lift these “discriminatory” restrictions, calling for “all prisoners” to be able to obtain a temporary release. Rahman had reported Monday to the United Nations Human Rights Council, in which he deplored the conditions of detention in Iranian prisons.

In his report, the decision stated that prison inmates and detention centers in Iran suffer from overcrowding, malnutrition and lack of hygiene, which are factors that lead to the spread of diseases.



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