ILA condemns crackdown on the homeless people who slept in graves near Tehran

ILA condemns crackdown on the homeless people who slept in graves near Tehran

Published by on December 31, 2016

Reporters in Iran discovered many homeless people who were sleeping in empty graves in a graveyard in Shahriar district of Tehran. After the news spread Iranian officials invaded the place and dispersed the poor people who were then complaining about the abusive treatment they received by city officials.

Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani, in a public speech the following day expressed ‘shock and disbelief’, as if someone else is in charge of the day to day affairs of the country. The reality however is that the whole system including the President is at fault and must be accountable for the miseries inflicted upon the people of Iran including unprecedented poverty, addiction, imprisonment and torture of social and political activists and high number of inexcusable executions.

At a time that the people of Iran are suffering from all these social ills and in particular immense poverty, the country’s wealth and resources are either plundered by state officials who enjoy full immunity or used to fuel the flames of wars and atrocities across the whole of the Middle East including Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

We call on the people in the UK to raise their voice and urge the government to take up this issue in the UN Security Council and to make any economic dealings with Iran conditional upon improvement in the situation of human rights as well as transparency and accountability of state and military officials.

Public Relations Office of the International Liberty Association
29 December 2016

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