Thursday , 28 January 2021

Iranian officials continue to encourage social and religious gatherings despite pandemic Coronavirus outbreak

Shabtabnews – On March 11th, IOPHR wrote and open letter to Mr. Josep Borrell Fontelles, (Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy & Vice-President of the European Commission), regarding the Iranian Government’s struggles dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak in Iran.

In the letter IOPHR warns the EU that the Iranian ruling government does not seem to pay any attention to the implementation of scientific directives, and guidelines instructed by World Health Organisation (WHO), which Iran is also a member of.

Furthermore, the letter states – that while all clergies are escaping from the holy shrines and centres, the clergies have asked the people to go to holy sites and have urged the government not to close the so-called holy sites. All the while “minimisation of social contact” in affected areas, is the second important WHO guideline.  

It also stresses that the officials of ruling government of Iran are only focused on denying the realities and hiding the statistics, and instead of helping its citizens, try to control the circulation of information. Therefore, IOPHR requests EU’s full attention in regards to the current situation in Iran and the use of all possible means to urge the Iranian officials implement all related scientific directives and protocols, such as the closure of all religious gatherings.

The letter ends by asking the EU to urge the Iranian government to immediately release all political prisoners, before they all become infected with Coronavirus; as the disease has taken hold in many Iranian prisons

For full text of the letter please see: