A look at Iran’s schools

By Heshmat Alavi

As schools open in Iran the conditions of these facilities deserve a comprehensive review. This report is compiled of remarks made by regime officials and a long list of media reports.

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Poor infrastructure of Iran’s schools

“… poor conditions of schools in Minab (northwest Iran)… reconstruction of such buildings are neglected each year, leading to roofs falling. This endangers the students’ lives and badly influences their learning.” (Official Mehr news agency – March 28th, 2017)

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“Education under falling roofs… an earthquake less powerful than even 5 on the Richter scale will cause vast damages for Iran’s non-standard schools.” (Official Mehr news agency – September 19th, 2017)

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“Most of the schools of Tehran’s 13th educational districted are very worn out,” according to the region’s education director. (Rekna website – July 12th, 2017)

“The schools of east Hormozgan (southern Iran) are in critical conditions… The roofs of two schools caved in last year… A catastrophe is in the making if special support is not provided,” according to Zolqadr, a member of parliament. (Mehr official agency – July 23rd, 2017)

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“I don’t believe there is any need to close down the country’s mudbrick schools… these schools are built according to regional conditions and answers to the people’s needs.” (Youth Journalists Club – February 25th, 2017)

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“Our school doesn’t have a roof. It’s closed when it rains.”

“1,000 mudbrick classrooms and 1,700 trailer classes are spread across the country,” according to Nazarpour, construction deputy of Iran’s Education Ministry. (Official ISNA news agency – August 12th, 2017)

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“47 percent of the province’s 4,200 schools are in poor conditions,” according to Lorestan province governor Houshang Bazvand.

“Tehran is the most deprived city across the country regarding school conditions. Schools that threaten the lives of thousands of schoolchildren in the country’s capital. Is it more important to build trade towers or reconstruct our schools?” (Rah Dana news network – February 25th, 2017)

“In Tehran there are around 10,000 classrooms in desperate need of reconstruction… some schools in the capital lack even the most basic safety standards… if we witness 4 or 5 Richter earthquake there is a possibility of 17,000 schoolrooms being destroyed. We would need 32 years if we intend to reconstruct these school rooms based on current credits,” according to the director of Iran’s Ministry of Education. (Javan Online – May 9th, 2016)

“Long lifespans, and lack of necessary budget for repairs and service/maintenance have led to most of our schools to suffer from poor conditions. As a result, once in a while we witness the destruction or severe damage of a number of schools.” (Javan Online – May 9th, 2016)

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“Our country is amongst the ten most disaster vulnerable countries across the globe, fourth in Asia and sixth in the world. In comparison to Japan, Iran is 1,000 times more vulnerable in the face of earthquakes.” (Youth Journalists Club – October 9th, 2015)

“Statistics show 7 million square meters of the country’s schools are in poor conditions and are in need of a major budget for reconstruction.” (Javan Online – May 9th, 2016)

“30 percent of the country’s schools are in need of reconstruction… around four million schoolchildren are currently receiving education in these schools.” (Semi-official Tasnim news agency – June 21st, 2017)

“4,160 schoolchildren in and around the town of Qeshm (southern Iran) are in schools in need of reconstruction,” according to Qeshm’s education director. (Mehr news agency – August 10th, 2016)

“We are facing the issue of worn-out schools in all areas of Mashhad (northeast Iran),” according to the Khorasan Razavi province Education Organization director. (Javan Online – May 9th, 2016)

“There are 800 schools in need of reconstruction in all of Kerman province (central Iran).” (Mehr news agency – October 31st, 2016)

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“There are more than 2,000 schoolrooms in 372 schools of Ardebil (northwest Iran)… some dating back to the year of 1916 and in desperate need of reconstruction,” according to Ardebil’s education director. (Javan Online – May 9th, 2016)

Students of Muguie School in the town of Doroud in Lorestan province sit in class with umbrellas.

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Students of this school are forced to open their umbrellas in their schools due to the poor roof conditions and leaks into the room. (Official Tabnak website – December 26th, 2016)

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This report shows poor schools are checkered across the country in Iran in a slate of provinces.

When 30 percent of Tehran’s schools are in such poor conditions and in need of reconstruction, the status of schools of more deprived cities around the country is quite obvious.

Despite all this the government of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani fails to provide a budget for reconstruction purposes. Instead, Iran is increasing its budgets for repressive forces, propaganda circles and exporting terrorism.

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For comparison, a classroom in Pakistan

Conditions worsening across the country is becoming a completely natural trend in Iran under the mullahs’ rule. When the 17-floor Plasco trade center with 5,000 workers and thousands of customers in the heart of Tehran is so outdated it literally crumbles due to a blaze, the poor conditions of schools in deprived areas of Iran is completely obvious.

When those ruling Iran are all thieves, stealing from teachers and 12 trillion tomans (around $3.43 billion) from the Teachers Savings Fund, there is no expectation to provide any budget to reconstruct the country’s schools.

via  A look at Iran’s schools — Iran Commentar

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Iran: Over 12,000 women registered as victims of violence.

Iran: Over 12,000 women registered as victims of violence.
The Coroner’s Office of Tehran, capital of Iran, declared that it has registered the names of 12,159 women as victims of violence in four months.
The public relations of the General Department of the Coroner’s Office of Tehran Province announced that in the four months since the beginning of the Persian New Year (March 21, 2017) until July 21, 2017, it has registered the names of 33,362 people, 12,159 of them women, who had referred to the forensic centers of Tehran province due to injuries they suffered in physical fights. (The state-run Mehr news agency – September 23, 2017)

http://women.ncr-iran.org/iran-women-news/4327-iran-over-12-000-women-registered-as-victims-of-violence

Asma Jahangir Calls on Iran Regime: Abolish Torture and Release Detainees

NCRI StaffAsma Jahangir, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, was interviewed by Al Arabiya’s studios in the United Nations about the current situation in the country. She said that in many areas in the country there are serious violations of human rights – from rule of law, denial of due process, discriminatory laws, people being discriminated against on religious and ethnic grounds and torture. She said that she believes the Iranian government is beginning to look into these violations, however the steps being taken to address then are “very tiny”. The government knows that there are issues that need to be addressed, but she emphasised that it cannot continue to let them drag on because awareness is rising across the world. Jahangir pointed out that the charter of human rights in Iran exists, but the interviewer emphasised that it does not include women and people of ethnic and religious minorities and that the charter is non-binding. Jahangir said that the charter is “a promise” that the government will write policies so that the rights are implemented. She said it is here that the government is taking small steps. With regards to protesters in Iran that are partaking in activist activities so that the situation will improve, Jahangir said that she will not discourage them from speaking up, despite the fact that they risk detention and torture. She reminded them that it is the right of every citizen in the world to speak up for their rights and against incidents where rights are violated. She said that it is important that the activists build tighter networks with human rights organisations, with journalists, with employers, and so on, because they will get security from each other and will be able to devise better and more effective ways to challenge any actions that take away their rights. In her latest report, Jahangir called on the Iranian government to abolish torture and to release detainees as well as a number of other recommendations, but she is unsure that they will be honoured. She pointed out that there must be no tolerance for human rights violations against people who simply want to have their rights asserted or people who fight for the rights of others. Speaking about the 53 political prisoners that were transferred to another wing in the prison in July this year who started a hunger strike to protest their treatment, Jahangir said that the government does not class them as political detainees. She, however, highlights that they are in fact human rights defenders and said the UN has sent urgent appeals. She said that the Iranian government needs to act because it accountable to the Human Rights Council.

Vice-President of the European Parliament Strongly Condemns Appeasement Policies of E.P Towards Iran Regime

In a speech at the meeting of ‘the Friends of a Free Iran’ in European Parliament, on September 13, 2017. Mr Ryszard Czarneski Vice-President of the E.P once again reiterated his support for the Iranian resistance and its president elect Ms Maryam Rajavi, the following is the full text of his speech:

Dear colleagues,

Mr Chairman,

Thank you very much for holding this important meeting today.

I am very happy and honoured to have been a part of the Friends of a Free Iran group which has the support of hundreds of my colleagues in this parliament.

Many of us in this group have different or even opposite views regarding domestic issues or about Europe, including my dear colleagues from Poland but we are all united in our hopes and dreams for a free Iran and in our support for the democratic opposition under the leadership of Mrs Maryam Rajavi.

On Monday this week the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said that “Iran continues to severely restrict freedom of opinion and expression.” He said “ill-treatment of prisoners is widespread, and the judiciary continues to sentence people to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, including amputation of limbs and blinding.” He also stressed that “Iran remains the country with the highest reported rate of executions per capita. “

I believe this is an important statement by the UN. It should be followed up by adopting tough policies against this religious dictatorship. As long as human rights violations continue in Iran, we can not have a normal relationship with this regime.

We strongly condemn the current appeasement policies of Mrs Mogherini, who totally ignores repression against women in Iran but went to Iran to take part in the ceremony for Rouhani who does not even have one woman minister in his cabinet. And she keeps calling Rouhani a moderate !

This policy of closing the eyes to human rights violations in Iran and ignoring the sufferings of the Iranian people, is a disgrace and cannot be done under our name.

I am deeply concerned about the victims of the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran. Most of the victims were from the PMOI.

Many of those criminals who were responsible for that massacre in summer of 1988, are still holding top positions in this regime. That includes the current minister of justice who happens to be also in the black list of the EU for human rights violations.

So I wish to use this opportunity to give a message to the people of Iran that we in the European Parliament are with you and will support you to be free.

Thank you very much.

The NCRI Women’s Committee condemns the assassinations of two Syrian activist women in Istanbul

The NCRI Women_s Committee condemns the assassinations of

The Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran condemns the cowardly murder of Orouba Barakat and her daughter, Halla Barakat. The two Syrian activist women were stabbed to death in their apartment in Istanbul.

The Women’s Committee extends sincere condolences to the Syrian Opposition and particularly to the combatant women of Syria. Many news agencies have attributed the assassinations to the Assad dictatorship.

Mrs. Orouba Barakat was a veteran figure of the Syrian Opposition who played a serious role in exposing the crimes of Bashar Assad particularly in the regime’s medieval prisons. She had done research on the practice of torture in these prisons. Her daughter, Halla Barakat, was also a Syrian activist and a journalist working with the opposition’s TV, the Orient News. Mrs. Orouba was familiar with the Iranian Resistance and especially respected the PMOI women and their struggle against the religious dictatorship in Iran.

The Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran

September 23, 2017

Source: The Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran website

US Politicians Gather to Criticise Iran Regime on Same Day as Trump Addresses UN

Iran Focus

London, 21 Sep – As Donald Trump prepared to speak out against the Iranian Regime and its nuclear deal in his address the United Nations General Assembly, on Tuesday, a non-governmental organization which also opposes the deal was holding its annual summit nearby.

United against Nuclear Iran (UANI), a bipartisan group chaired by former US Senator Joseph Lieberman, seeks to keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

In his opening remarks to the summit, Lieberman praised the Trump administration for their actions so far on Iran, including the introduction of non-nuclear sanctions against the rogue state.

Middle East

While David Petraeus, a retired US Army General, and Prince Turki Al Faisal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, both warned of the dangers of focusing all of America’s attention in the Middle East on terrorism, stating that it is also important to focus on the actions of regional governments like Iran.

Petraeus advised that the US should work with their allies in the Middle East in order to obtain peace, while Al Faisal warned that Iran’s growing control over the region, especially in Syria, will come back to haunt the international community.

Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, and Bill Richardson, former governor of New Mexico, warned that a foreign policy that put America First could ultimately lead to isolationism and in fact, help the threat of Iran grow.

Nuclear Threat

Bush and Richardson instead encouraged using the Iranian nuclear deal, which they were critical of, as leverage and expanding sanctions. Bush stated that one way to do this would be to expand sanctions across Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as a whole, as opposed to targeting select members.

Senator Mark Kirk, Congressman Ron DeSantis, and former congressman Steve Israel, who all voted against the deal, took to the stage shortly after Trump’s UN speech was broadcast to support his tough talk on Iran.

Kirk said that he believed that Trump would not recertify Iran at the upcoming October deadline; a move that would allow Congress to impose nuclear sanctions against the Regime.

DeSantis and Israel noted that without a Democratic President, Iran sceptics within the Democratic Party may be more inclined to vote for Iran sanctions.

The summit was overwhelmingly in favour of Trump’s tough talk on Iran and hoped that it would turn into tough action soon in order to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

Powerful Protest by Iranian Activists Over Rouhani’s Speech at UN

NCRI – A huge crowd of human rights activists, politicians, and people from the Iranian diaspora gathered outside the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Wednesday September 20, to protest Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s speech.
Amir Emadi, the spokesman for the Organization of Iranian American Communities (OIAC) noted that Rouhani should not be accepted in New York, a city so dedicated to human rights, and certainly not at the UN.
Amir Emadi
Some protesters dressed in caricature-esque costumes of Rouhani and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei , designed to highlight the grotesqueness of the Regime that has murdered over 120,000 political dissidents, while others gave out literature which documented the Regime’s crimes, and more still chanted, played music, and spoke up for human rights in Iran.
Regime Change
One of the overwhelming themes of the rally was the growing call for regime change in Iran and throughout the rally shouts of “Rouhani. No, no, no” and “Free, Free Iran” erupt spontaneously from the crowd.
Emadi asserted that the people of Iran are ready for change, as documented by the over 11,000 protests that have happened in Iran in the past year, While John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the UN, stressed the urgency of getting the mullahs out of Iran and reiterated his promise from July’s Free Iran rally that the Iranian Regime would not see its 40th anniversary.
Ambassador Bolton
During the rally, a speech from the president-elect of the Iranian Resistance, Maryam Rajavi, was read. Rajavi asks what exactly Iran would have to do for the international community to end their appeasement policy?
Indeed, the Regime continually violates human rights, international treaties, and even its own laws in a desperate attempt to maintain its shaky grasp on power.
Rajavi called for the international community to condition their relations with Iran on an improvement to human rights.
The 1988 Massacre
While we’re on the topic of human rights, the Iranian Regime murdered 30,000 political prisoners, mostly members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), in the latter half of 1988, and they have gotten away with it.
Giulio Terzi, the former Italian Foreign Minister, noted that the UN had a responsibility to seek out justice for the victims of the massacre and launch a full investigation into the events of 1988, not to host one of the key perpetrators as an honored guest.
Iranian actors also put on a play to demonstrate the horrors of this massacre. In the play, performed in front of a memorial to the political prisoners murdered by the Regime, protesters are dragged away, with hoods over their heads, by security forces to be executed. Afterwards, the relatives of the protesters turn up to ask questions but are attacked by the Regime.
Syria Resistance
It is no secret that the only reason that the Bashar Assad Regime has not yet been overthrown by their democratic resistance forces is that they are being supported by the Iranian Regime. Iran has pumped money, weapons, and troops into the country, contributing to the persecution of the Syrian people and the refugee crises across the world.
Syrian Opposition delegation took to the stage to reject the Iranian Regime and throw their support behind the Resistance.
Syrian Opposition delegation
 Support for the Iranian People
Of course, the most overwhelming message was one of support for the Iranian people and their dedicated Resistance forces.
Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) said that the Iranian people are being effectively strangled by a Regime that does not represent them in any way and promised to fight until Iran was free, while Ambassador Bolton stressed that the Iranian Regime must not be given legitimacy.
Many religious leaders also spoke at the protest to call for a free Iran and respect for freedom of religion as advocated by Rajavi and the Iranian Resistance.
Ultimately, the UN should not endorse a terrorist Regime by allowing them to speak at the UNGA and that the UN should actually be doing more to hold the Regime to account for their crimes against humanity.