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News code: 22664
Published Date: Sunday 19 April 2015 - 14:17:29

Iran Sees Saudis' Sexual Assault on Teens as Part of Systematic Crimes

Iran Sees Saudis' Sexual Assault on Teens as Part of Systematic Crimes
IRAN  - The Human Rights Headquarters of Iran's Judiciary condemned the Saudi police mistreatment of Iranian pilgrims and sexual abuse of 2 teenagers in Jeddah Airport, and warned that the aggressive moves are beyond civil offense and seem to happen on systematic bases.

Given the fact that one of the Jeddah prayers leaders has issued a Fatwa (religious decree) that the assault against the Iranian teenagers is permitted and acceptable "we cannot see the Jeddah airport's incident as merely a single case of offense by one or two security agents; as evidence shows we are facing a systematic and highly dangerous trend", the Headquarters said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Human Rights Headquarters called on the Saudi government to remain committed to its Islamic undertakings towards the pilgrims, respect its international undertakings based on the Convention on the Rights of the Child and in addition to the two security agents, punish those who promote and support such acts in the Saudi society.

It also asked the UN Human Rights Council to make strenuous efforts to prevent possible repetition and spread of such actions to curb their spread to other parts of the world.

Earlier this month, two Iranian teenagers were sexually abused by the Saudi police in Jeddah Airport as Saudis’ insolence towards Iranian Umrah pilgrims in Mecca and Medina has increased recently.

On Saturday, Iranian protestors gathered in front of the Saudi mission in Tehran to condemn the Saudi police's aggressive acts against the Iranian pilgrims, including the sexual abuse of two juniors.

During the gathering, the protestors called on the Saudi authorities to punish those behind the sexual abuse against the two Iranian teenage boys, and asked the Saudi King Salman to apologize to the Iranian nation for the aggressive move.

They also urged the closure of the Saudi embassy in Tehran and expulsion of the Saudi charge de' affairs.

Iran lodged complaint with the Saudi government against the policemen involved in sexual harassment of two Iranian young boys at the airport.

Iranian Culture Minister Ali Jannati said on Monday that the Umrah (minor) Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia had been suspended by Iran in reaction to the Saudi officials' growing insults to Iranian nationals.

Speaking in a local gathering, Jannati underscored that the Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization had been ordered to suspend all of Umrah (minor) Hajj pilgrimage as of Monday until the Arab country punishes the perpetrators behind the sexual assault on two teenager Iranian Hajj pilgrims.

"A large number of Iranian senior clerics have voiced their concerns over this issue and believe that the Saudi officials usually deal with the Umrah pilgrims in inappropriate ways," he added.

Jannati underscored that the Saudi government had promised capital punishment or even execution for those who offended the Iranian youth pilgrims at Jeddah Airport, but so far noting has been made in that end.

News Code: 22664
Published Date: Sunday 19 April 2015 - 14:17:29
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