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Iran extends prisoner furloughs, closure of holy websites amid coronavirus

Iran’s reported non permanent launch of 100,000 prisoners since February – together with prisoners of conscience and twin and international nationals.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks throughout a gathering, because the unfold of Covid-19 continues, in Tehran, Iran, April 5, 2020. (Photo: Reuters)

Iran has prolonged furloughs for prisoners for one more month, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated on Sunday, because the Islamic Republic endeavours to stem the unfold of the brand new coronavirus in its crowded jails. Iran’s reported non permanent launch of 100,000 prisoners since February – together with prisoners of conscience and twin and international nationals – was welcomed by the United Nations on Friday as a superb step, however one which should be expanded.

“Furloughs of those prisoners, who pose no threat to the society, have been extended until May 20,” Rouhani stated in a televised cupboard assembly.

However, a letter by U.N. human rights consultants, together with Special Rapporteur on Iran Javaid Rehman, stated “most prisoners of conscience, human rights defenders, conservationists and dual and foreign nationals” remained imprisoned in Iran. Rouhani stated mosques and holy websites in Iran would stay closed till a minimum of May 4, because the Middle East’s worst-hit nation tries to comprise the fast-spreading outbreak.

Iran allowed so-called low-risk companies – together with many outlets, factories and workshops – to renew operations in Tehran on Saturday, per week after re-opening in the remainder of the nation.

“Mosques and religious centres will remain closed for the next two weeks … Decisions on gatherings during the (Muslim holy month of) Ramadan will be taken next week,” Rouhani stated.

Schools and universities stay closed, and a ban on cultural, non secular and sports activities gatherings has been imposed.

Rouhani stated high-risk companies – together with theatres, gyms, saunas, magnificence salons, and procuring centres – would stay closed “until further notice”.

Iran’s dying toll from the brand new coronavirus has risen by 87 to five,118, Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur stated in an announcement on state TV on Sunday.

The whole variety of contaminated instances within the Islamic Republic has reached 82,211, he stated.

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