Apr 8, 2024, 1:02 PM
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UN agency welcomes release of convicted environmentalists in Iran

Tehran, IRNA – The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has welcomed Iran’s announcement of the release of four convicted conservationists who had been imprisoned in the country.

According to an IRNA Monday report, four environmentalists – Niloufar Bayani, Sepideh Kashani, Houman Jowkar, and Taher Ghadirian – who had been convicted of security-related charges in Iran were released earlier this week upon an amnesty granted by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

Ayatollah Khamenei accepted a request by the head of the Iranian Judiciary on Saturday to pardon, commute, and change the sentences of more than 2,000 convicts.

“As our natural world faces grave threats and the world reels from the impact of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, desertification and dust storms, and pollution and waste, environmental conservationists are critical allies in protecting the human right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment,” IRNA quoted from the UNEP website.

According to Article 110 of the Constitution, the Supreme Leader has the authority to pardon or commute prison terms of convicts upon a recommendation from the head of the Judiciary.


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