Iranian authorities arrested scores of activists in northwestern Iran over the past week. The Association for the Defence of Azerbijani Political Prisoners in Iran announced that nearly 30 activists were arrested and some also received beatings.

The report says the arrests follow rallies in various northwestern cities that protested “government policies leading to the destruction of the Azerbaijan environment and, specifically, indifference to the state of Lake Oroumiyeh.”

Iranian Parliament recently voted down an emergency plan to pump from the Aras and Siloueh Rivers and redirect it to Lake Oroumiyeh in order to reverse the alarming decline in its water level.

In March, 70 protesters who demonstrated in the cities of Oroumieyh and Tabriz for immediate government action on Lake Oroumiyeh were also arrested.

Experts report that in addition to natural causes, Lake Oroumiyeh’s receding water level can be attributed to rampant damming.

Reports indicate that 35 dams have already been built on rivers that feed Lake Oroumiyeh, and another 10 are under construction.
Activists arrested in Iran over environmental demands

Iranian authorities arrested scores of activists in northwestern Iran over the past week. The Association for the Defence of Azerbijani Political Prisoners in Iran announced that nearly 30 activists were arrested and some also received beatings.

The report says the arrests follow rallies in various northwestern cities that protested “government policies leading to the destruction of the Azerbaijan environment and, specifically, indifference to the state of Lake Oroumiyeh.”

Iranian Parliament recently voted down an emergency plan to pump from the Aras and Siloueh Rivers and redirect it to Lake Oroumiyeh in order to reverse the alarming decline in its water level.

In March, 70 protesters who demonstrated in the cities of Oroumieyh and Tabriz for immediate government action on Lake Oroumiyeh were also arrested.

Experts report that in addition to natural causes, Lake Oroumiyeh’s receding water level can be attributed to rampant damming.

Reports indicate that 35 dams have already been built on rivers that feed Lake Oroumiyeh, and another 10 are under construction.