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”.

Political prisoner Mariam Akbarai Monfared was denied visitation

Political prisoner Mariam Akbari Monfared has been denied visitation in Evin prison for three weeks for objecting to the treatment of another prisoner by the guard. Monfared has been in prison for ten years.

According to HRANA, she was denied visitation without a disciplinary committee meeting and only because she objected to the bad treatment of a newcomer female prisoner.

A source close to Akbari Monfared said: Recently she objected to the problems that a newcomer prisoner and for that she was denied visitation.

Gita Horr, a November protester sentenced to six years in prison

Gita Horr, one of the protesters arrested in November in Iran who is currently being kept in Qarchak Varamin prison, has been sentenced to six years in prison.

According to HRANA, the revolutionary court presided by Judge Amuzad sentenced Gita Horr to six years in prison for “assembly and conspiracy against national security” and “propaganda against the regime.

Horr was arrested in November by the security forces in Tehran and transferred to Qarchak Varamin prison after 10 days of interrogation.


Women’s cycling race canceled in Qom due to pressures

The women’s cycling race that was supposed to be held in Qom city has been canceled due to “some pressures”. The race had received all the necessary permits and was supposed to be held in a “women only, confined space”.

 According to IRNA, despite having all the permits, the event was canceled due to some pressures under the excuse of “undermining the religious status of Qom city.”




First suspected Coronavirus death in Iran

The state-owned Iran newspaper reported the death of a 63 years old woman suspected of coronavirus, which would make it the first coronavirus related death in Iran.

Health Ministry officials had previously denied any cases of coronavirus in Iran.

In recent days, the media have reported several suspected cases of coronavirus in several cities including Yazd, Tehran, Qom, Tabriz, Mashhad, and Zanjan, but this is the first death reported.

Mike Pompeo: Iran uses satellite launch to advance its ballistic missile capabilities

U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized the launch of Zafar satellite by Iran. He tweeted on Tuesday: The Iranian regime uses satellite launches to further advance its ballistic missile capabilities that allow it to threaten its adversaries and threaten regional stability.

He added: The world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism should not be allowed to develop and test ballistic missiles.

On Sunday, the Islamic Republic of Iran unsuccessfully launched Zafar satellite which landed in the Indian ocean. France has also criticized Iran for testing ballistic missile technology in its satellite rockets.