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By INU Staff

INU - Many organisations fighting for civil rights in Iran have been pleased by the recent wave of reforms in Saudi Arabia, especially those regarding women’s rights, because it showcases that changes can be made even if the Iranian Regime is adamant that they can’t.

Corruption
Many Iranian people have called for the rampant corruption in the Regime to be fought and for reforms that have long been buried to be restored, especially since Saudi Arabia began its fight against corruption.»

The anger of the Iranian people can be seen in their ongoing anti-regime protests, their interviews with the media, and their posts on social media, but is the Regime listening?

The answer is that the Regime is making some noise that, to those unfamiliar with the Regime, might sound like progress, but ultimately nothing in Iran will change without regime change by the Iranian people.

The Iranian Shoura Council recently introduced a draft resolution entitled “Recovering the illegal funds of Officials”, which was signed by 166 out of 290 deputies present; something that hasn’t happened in the four decades of the Iranian regime.

While MP Mohammad Dehghan, member of the Judicial Committee of the Iranian Parliament, who introduced the project and is apparently forming a committee, explained to the Tasnim news agency that it “discuss the illegal funds and return them to the Treasury” from officials at any point since 1979.

This does sound like a positive move, but the Iranian Regime will not follow through. All power in the Regime lies with the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who is the most corrupt of them all. He will not allow any laws to pass that would affect the wealth of him or his allies.

In fact, anti-corruption efforts in Iran have failed repeatedly in the past. Khamenei even intervened to close corruption files against officials in President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government; the President whose controversial re-election in 2009 sparked the Green Movement protests.

Women and Football

In other news, particularly prevalent on International Women’s Day, Iranian women cannot attend men’s sporting matches, while Saudi women are indeed allowed to enter stadiums.
Just last week, women in Iran were banned from entering the Freedom stadium to watch the World Cup qualifier between Iran and Syria, while FIFA president Gianni Infantino was in the audience.

According to Infantino, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani promised in a meeting that women would be allowed to enter stadiums but did not give a specific date.
Again, the only way things will change in Iran, is regime change by the people.

 

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