Disabled Iranian kids “are left to die in mountains”, official says

 

An Iranian official responsible for promoting support of children with disabilities has said that in some parts of the country parents abandon their disabled kids in mountains.

In certain parts of Iran “disabled children are abandoned in the mountains and eagles take them or wolves eat them”, Mohammad Nouri, Manager of the Office for Culture of People with Disability has told Mobahesat news website.

‘We have a report on this issue and the ministry of health does as well”, Nouri said on the Day of the Disabled in Iran’s calendar.

According to Nouri, parents who commit such acts do so because they think the soul of a disabled child has been taken over by the devil.

“This mentality, to some extent, still exists in Iran’s religious society” Nouri said. 

He added: “Unfortunately in villages disabled people face greater problems and difficulties... They are considered as useless beings”.

Richard Ratcliffe urges UK government to be tougher with Iran

In a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the Iranian-British citizen incarcerated in Evin Prison, asked the government to be tougher on Iran.

Mr. Ratcliffe said Mr. Johnson is "personally committed" to her case, and was "touched" when he gave him a wallet that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe had made in prison.

However, he added: “I don't stand here hopeful if I'm honest. I stand here with my wife still in prison and things aren't moving."

"I will think carefully about what I tell her on the phone on Saturday,” he said.

 

Mysterious death of 500 migrant birds in Mazandaran province

After the discovery of the bodies of over 500 migrant birds in Miankaleh swamp, the director of the Environmental Protection Organization of Mazandaran said the bodies belong to four different types of immigrant birds, and the reason for their deaths is currently unknown.

According to Hossein-Ali Karnami: “After witnessing the corpses of the migrant birds on Wednesday in Miankaleh swamp, agents of the Enviornmental Protection Organization were deployed to the area for closer investigation.”

 

 



 

 

 

Josep Borrell: Like Americans, Europe is concerned about Iran’s role in the region

While talking about the rising tensions between Tehran and Washington, EU foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell said Europe is just as concerned as the United States about Iran’s role in the countries of the region.

Borrell added: “Just imagine if Iran had nuclear weapons right now, in what position would we be? It was only the nuclear deal that prevented it. The same deal that Trump calls it a bad one.”

Borrell went on to say that the European Union has many options in preventing Iran from having nuclear weapons, clarifying that he is not only referring to military options.

11 arrested in Fars province for Instagram activities

The police chief of Marvdasht city in Fars province announced that 11 citizens have been arrested for running an Instagram page that “created an atmosphere of negativity toward the city officials”.

He continued: “The admins published some material against some government offices and organizations and made some accusations” He added: “They were creating a lack of trust for the officials and organizations in their audience and disrupted the security and the political atmosphere of the city.”

Most social media are blocked in Iran and many activists have been arrested for activities on social media.

 

 

IRGC: we have not separated the victims of the November protests

The commander of Mohammad Rasulullah said that the victims of November’s protests have not been separated and there are no statistics available.

Yazdi said on Wednesday: “We have not yet separated those who were martyred and those who were there by accident or those killed by the thugs and agitators, or the thugs and agitators who were killed.”

There is still no official report of the number of protesters killed in November protests in Iran.