Iran news in brief, September 24, 2019

By | September 24, 2019

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Political Prisoners Embark on Hunger Strike in Iran’s Evin Prison

Two Iranian political prisoners, Soheil Arabi and Haj Jaffar Kashani held in Evin prison, have gone on hunger strike to protest the continued detention of Farangis Mazloum, Arabi’s mother.
The two political prisoners started their hunger strike on Friday, September 20.
In an open letter, the political prisoners said, “Hear the sound of our protest. We heard your protests from inside this prison. We don’t want a tyrannical regime.”
“By going on hunger strike, we political prisoners incarcerated in Evin prison will join the opponents of the dictators and we demand the overthrow of this tyrannical regime. Wherever we look, we see poverty, economic divide, and tyranny. Silence is complicity with the tyrants,” the Iranian political prisoners wrote in their letter.

Baha’I Faith Members Sentenced to 12 Years Imprisonment

Two Iranian Baha’i women, Kimia Mostafavi and Kiana Rezvani, were sentenced to a total of 12 years in prison.
According to the verdict issued by the Revolutionary court of Kerman, the Baha’i women were each sentenced to five years in prison for “membership in Baha’i community” and one year in prison for “spreading propaganda against the state in favor of opposition groups.”
The two Iranian Baha’i women, had been arrested on January 19, 2019, by the state security forces.

UK Says Iran’s Regime Is Responsible for Attack on Saudi Oil Facilities

Britain has concluded that Iran’s regime was responsible for attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday.
The United States and Saudi Arabia have already blamed Iran’s regime for the September 14 strikes on two Saudi Aramco oil plants that initially halved the country’s crude output.
“The UK is attributing responsibility with a very high degree of probability to Iran for the Aramco attacks. We think it very likely indeed that Iran was indeed responsible,” Johnson told reporters on a plane to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
“We will be working with our American friends and our European friends to construct a response that tries to de-escalate tensions in the Gulf region,” he said.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab also said it was very likely Iran’s regime was responsible for the attack.
“UK believes it is very likely that Iran was responsible for the outrageous, unlawful attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia,” Raab said on Twitter.

Boris Johnson Says It’s Time for a New Nuclear Deal

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it’s time to strike a new nuclear deal with Iran’s regime, breaking ranks with European allies France and Germany, which are still trying to preserve the 2015 agreement President Donald Trump withdrew from last year.
“Whatever your objections to the old nuclear deal with Iran, it’s time now to move forward and do a new deal,” Johnson told Sky News on Monday in New York at the UN General Assembly.


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