Written Statement by Südwind

Drug policy and human rights in the I.R. Iran

30th session of the HRC

There are no accurate statistics on the number of addicts and users in Iran. According to official government statistics, Iran currently has 1.3million dependent people, who use drugs; Head of the State Welfare Organization speaks of about 2.4 million2 addictives and the chairman of Independent anti-drug committee of the Expediency Council mentions e more than 4 million drug users in the country.3 It is estimated that 55% of drug users are young people, with a further 9% being female drug users.

Written statement Südwind

An overview of public health in the Islamic Republic of Iran

26th Session of the HRC

The Islamic republic of Iran as an upper middle‐income country with 62 percent of population under 30 year of age, is now within its “demographic window of opportunity” with the best chances to an all-round growth including health as a pillar of sustainable development....

Südwind: Written Statement on The situation of persons with physical, motor and mental disabilities in the Islamic Republic of Iran

22nd regular session of the Human Rights Council (25 February - 22 March 2013)

People of Iran live under tremendous hardships and impasses. Denial of civil rights, and repression, mismanagement of economy coupled by unilateral coercive measures has created unbearable conditions. Life for the persons with disabilities is made worse in this situation.

Südwind: Written Statement on Health of Iranians jeopardized by high-intensity radio-frequency exposures and salt and sand storms

21st regular session of the Human Rights Council
(10 - 28 September 2012)

Dust and sand storms blow out of the Republic of Iraq and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over Khuzestan Province of Iran causes severe and hazardous health effects especially at the cities of Abadan, Ahwaz and Khorramshahr. During some of these dust and sand storms high density of up to 50 times the standard limit of suspended particles or aerosols1 2 3 causes low visibility and endangers inhabitants health. The frequency, duration and intensity of the dust and sand storms are increasing substantially.4 The construction of around 500 dams and and decrease of precipitation ended to drying of 66 internationally registered natural wetlands inside the Islamic Republic of Iran. This has affected on Iran’s natural ecosystem.

Südwind: Written Statement on the Health situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Twentieth session of the Human Rights Council
(18 June - 6 July 2012)

In the last 3 decades the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) has failed to achieve sustainable development. The excessive growth of population, poverty and unemployment due to wrong policy and strategies and bad governance have had its effects on the health situation of population. The combination of drug addictions, street children and homeless citizens, prostitution and growth of criminality, with the lack of health services for the most vulnerable part of society and in prisons has made a vicious circle that needs urgent attention.

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