Lake Urmia is drying up due to the negligent policy of the Iranian authorities towards the nature of South Azerbaijan, South Azerbaijani expert Sattar Sevgin said at the public discussion on ‘Draining of Lake Urmia’ held in Baku, Report informs.

He noted that although many protests were held in Iran, outside the country, and in front of the Iranian Embassy in Baku, the Iranian government has not taken any serious measures regarding the Lake Urmia.

Sevgin asserted that, on the contrary, those protesting this process in Iran and outside the country are subjected to political and physical persecution, arrested, and tortured to intimidate the activists.