Friday, September 12, 2008

Iran: poor

Several aftershocks of magnitude 3.8, 4.5 and 4.9 on the Richterscale have hit Hormuzgan province.
First aid and trauma response groups have already been dispatched to the worst-hit region of Wednesday 6.1 earthquake.

According to the human rightsgroup Christian Solidarity Worldwide the Iranian parliament Wednesday voted in favor of a draft law which approves the deathsentence for apostacy.
The law was accepted with 196 votes in favor, seven against, and two abstentions.
The draftbill adds several crimes to the list of acts that would result in execution, including “establishing weblogs and sites promoting corruption, prostitution, and apostasy.” Reportedly Iran removed the news of the approval within hours of publishing it from the parliamentary website.
But the news of the approval was also published by other newsagencies and newspapers (Resalat).
The approved draftbill will be sent back to the Legislative Commission to debate proposed amendments before it is brought back to the Parliament for another vote

An official told IRNA that due to drought in Hormuzgan province, some 500 villages are seriously facing shortage of drinking water.
The managing director of the provincial Water and Sewerage Department told that measures have been taken to prevent this by supplying water by tanks, rationing and using water desalination systems.
A sum of 20 bln rials is earmarked to tackle the problem and some 60 bln rials was also added due to the government's recent approvals.
Some 500 wells have been dug to alleviate the situation but 120 of them did not produce water.
To supply water to all the villages in the province there is a need for a budget of 1,000 bln rials.

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.

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