UN concerned about prisoners’ plight in Iran amid coronavirus outbreak

A United Nations rights official on Friday voiced concern over prisoners after reports of unrest in facilities prompted by worries over a coronavirus outbreak in countries including Iran, one of the worst-hit in the world.

With the end of New Year holidays in Iran, state television announced that enterprises involved in production would be allowed to re-open on Saturday while following anti-coronavirus precautions.

Workplaces involved in services and distribution that had been closed earlier under measures taken against the spread of the virus would remain so until further notice, it added.

Separately, Iranian media have reported unrest in several prisons, and a mass escape from a facility in the west of the country, despite the temporary release of some 100,000 inmates to curb prison overcrowding.

Reuters

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