Half of Iran’s population lives in absolute poverty

Half of Iran’s population lives in absolute poverty

Published by on August 13, 2018

Rasoul Khezri, a member of parliament in Iran, says 50 percent of the population live in absolute poverty, and the poverty line has reached up to 6 million tomans, while before the Rouhani’s second term, 12% of the people were in absolute poverty and the poverty line was close to 3 million tomans, so, the percentage of people who are suffering from extreme poverty has risen several times. (ICANA, 1 Aug 2018).

Hossein Raghfar, the prominent Iranian economist, told ISNA, News Agency that 33 percent of the country’s population lives in poverty, and around six percent are starving.

Mr. Raghfar said: “A family of four who lives in an urban area with a monthly income below forty million rials (roughly $1000) is living in poverty. In rural areas, families with an income of fewer than 20 million rials per month also live in poverty”.

Iran’s Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour, and Social Welfare, who claim that a family of five living on seven million rials (roughly $160) per month has enough to live on, which is much lower than poverty level income.

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The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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