Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Iran: Iran summons Saudi envoy to protest condition of Iranian prisoners

Iran and Saudi ARABIA
Source: IRNA

Tehran, April 16, IRNA - Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Saudi ambassador to Tehran Monday to protest to bad condition of Iranian citizens imprisoned in Saudi city of Dammam .

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary and Iranian Citizens Abroad Affairs Hassan Ghashghavi in his meeting with the Saudi ambassador called for the immediate explanation of Saudi Arabia and clarifying the situation of Iranian citizens detained there.

An informed person at the Iranian Foreign Ministry stressed Tehran’s commitment to pursue the rights of its citizens everywhere including those detained in the Saudi Arabia.

“Saudi Arabia should bind itself to international rules and regulations considering prisoners,” the official added.

Since the beginning of popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, Saudi Arabia has intensified security measures and lots of peoples have been arrested and jailed without enough explanation.

Since the beginning of 2011, the Muslim world has witnessed popular uprisings and revolutions similar to what happened in Iran in 1979. Tunisia saw the overthrow of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in a popular revolution in January, which was soon followed by a revolution which toppled Hosni Mubarak in Egypt in February.

Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Yemen have since been the scene of protests against their totalitarian rulers, who have resorted to brutal crackdown on demonstrations to silence their critics.

Bahrain however, has experienced the deadliest clashes. Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February, calling for an end to the Al Khalifa dynasty's over-40-year rule.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

In October, calm was eventually restored in the Arab state after President Bashar al-Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but the US and Zionist regime plots could spark some new unrests in certain parts of the country.