News from Iran – Week 18 – 2012

Mostafa Daneshjoo, Lawyer for Iran's Sufi minority
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News of the Prisoners

A- Transfers

Mostafa Daneshjoo, Lawyer for Iran’s Sufi minority

  • Incarcerated Gonabadi Dervishes’ lawyer Mostafa Daneshjoo has been hospitalized.
  • Political prisoner Mashallah Haeri, 60, hospitalized
  • Political prisoner Mohammadreza Motamednia on hunger strike was hospitalized Sunday due to poor health.
  • Gonabadi Dervish, Hamid Reza Moradi sent to hospital in critical health condition then back to Evin 350.
  • Political prisoner Mohammadreza Motamednia on hunger strike was hospitalized Sunday due to poor health.
  • Alireza Rejaei was moved back to Ward 350 after one week of interrogation in Ward 2-A (IRGC) solitary and arraigned on new charges.
  • Student activist Kaveh Rezaei transferred to drug addicts’ ward in Rejaei Shahr prison.
  • Incarcerated labor activist Reza Shahabi has been taken to hospital.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Mahmoud Reza Allameh, political activist, was arrested on 21st April in Sari.
  • Activist Ali Doniari was arrested in Ahvaz on April 29th and sent to Sepidar prison to start serving 6 months sentence
  • Amir Kazemi Tabrizi citizen arrested for displaying a billboard in Turkish language.
  • Saman Nassim arrested in Marivan and sent to Mahabad prison.
  • Gonabadi Dervishes member Mohammad Ali Shamshirzan was arrested at his work in Kovar.

C-Liberations

  • Greens supporter Moazedin Eilati was released from Tabriz prison after completing his 15 months sentence.
  • Mozhgan Emadi, Yekta Fahandaj, Mozhdeh Falah, Kambiz Habibi, Sam Jaberi, Sina Sarikhani, Farshid Yazdani, and Iman Rahmatpanah, Baha’is, released from Shiraz prison.
  • Majid Enayat, Shahram Ghaedi, Rouhollah Hosseinian, Enayat Jafari,  Fariborz Parsi Nejad, Keyhan Amiri, and Maryam Del-aram released on USD30,000 bail each in Isfahan.
  • Meysam Hojati, Pastor Hekmat Salimi, and Shahnaz Zarifi released on USD50,000 bail each in Isfahan.

D-Other News

  • Ali Moradi, Kurdish political prisoner in Bandar Abbas, sentenced to 30 years, on hunger strike to protest lack of medical treatment.
  • Mousavi’s daughters urge political prisoners Mohammadreza Motamednia and Mohammad Ali Velayati to break their hunger strike.
  • A prominent Iranian literary translator Soleimani Nia halts hunger strike.
  • After 50 days on hunger strike, Mohammad Ali Velayati has ended his hunger strike
  • Over-crowding at 5 times the capacity in Amol Prison ( built for 150 holds 850).


News of injustice in Iran

  • Reuters bureau chief in Tehran, Paris Hafezi, summoned to court over ninja story.
  • The Revolutionary Court in Mahabad has sentenced Ebrahim Isapour to death on Moharebeh charges.
  • Gholam Reza Khosravi death sentence upheld by Supreme Court.
  • Political activist Meisam Mashayekh has been sentenced to 2 years suspended sentence.
  • Khabat Mohammadzadeh from Sanandaj sentenced to 8-years.
  • The Revolutionary Court in Mahabad has sentenced Sirvan Nejavi on Moharebeh charges.
  • Student environmentalist Sahand Nobakht sentenced to 1 year in prison + 3 years suspended.
  • Houshang Rezaei sentenced to death on Moharebeh charges.
  • Bail has been set at 50million Toman for student activist Amir Sheibanizadeh. Family says they can’t afford the bail.
  • Four people hanged in Shahroud on Monday.
  • Report of a homosexual man being hanged but no name or location provided.


University  – Culture

  • Sex change film from Iran wins award in US film festival.
  • Iran identifies cyber attackers on Oil Ministry.
  • After the oil ministry, Iran’s ministry of sciences under cyber-attacks.
  • Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi plans short trip to Iran to support Afghans.
  • Ministry of Science orders Dr. Hossein Vale and Mohammad Saeed Kashani, two senior philosophy lecturers from Beheshti University to be dismissed.
  • Tehran bikers promote environment-themed movie “The Orange Dressed”.
  • The Islamic Association of Students of Shahid Abbaspour University was suspended.
  • More than 10 publishers absent from Tehran Book Fair.
  • Google eliminates “Persian Gulf” from google maps.
  • Pouya Muhammadi-Dehaj student in orthodontics, expelled from Esfahan University because he is of Baha’i faith.
  • Iran to change all textbooks according to religious concepts during 6 years; said Minister of Education.
  • Iran is scheduled to hold the 12th International Radio Festival and the 4th International Radio Forum in the northern province of Gilan.
  • Revolutionary Court suspends publication of Nasime Bidari.


Protests

  • Shushtar workers rally to protest against job insecurity on Labor Day.
  • Security forces and plainclothes agents attacked workers gathering with pepper gas and batons in Sanandaj-Kurdistan province.
  • Workers of the Khuzestan pipe factory gathered in front of the governor’s office to protest not having been paid for 25 months.


Economy in Iran

  • Iran Buys 70,000 Tons of Brazilian Corn.
  • Tabriz match factory laying off workers.
  • 12 shops shut in Qazvin by police.
  • 1 USD =1700 tomans; gold coin=680,000 tomans on Saturday – 1 US Dollar : 1705 Toman on Sunday.
  • 14 to 20% reduction in consumption of dairy products in Iran due to high inflation.
  • New minimum wage in Iran is below the poverty line.
  • Ahmadinejad Chief of Staff Mashaei ordered illegal transfer of Steel Company to Aria Group.
  • Iran allocates $22 billion for importing basic goods including rice, cooking oil, sugar, and meat.
  • 19 businesses in Ardebil province, mostly cafes and restaurants, shut down by internal security forces this week.
  • IMF pressured to suspend Iran, close central bank account.
  • Child labour; 3.4 million children deprived of education in the country.
  • 40 trading premises shut in Malard and Shahriar.
  • Cooking oil factory closure makes 200 men jobless.
  • Iran has imported $286 billion of goods over the past 5 years.
  • Iran has signed a new contract with Spain, worth EUR 1,600,000, despite international sanctions against the Iranian oil industry.
  • The Poliaklil Factory of Isfahan has not paid its workers for more than a year.
  • Construction workers on Gotvand dam have been laid off without getting paid.
  • Sharp price increases in Iran: Dairy products up 51.6%; fresh vegetables, 91.1%; beef, 45.4%.


Iran  abroad

  • Guam joins international condemnation of Iran’s Human Rights abuses.
  • Iran hosts third international Persian Gulf conference.
  • Canadian Embassy in Tehran has stopped issuing visas. People seeking visas to Canada must go to their Embassy in Ankara.
  • Iran expresses willingness to mediate between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
  • Implementation of free trade agreement between Iran and Syria commences.
  • Iranian Vice President visits Lebanon.
  • No Country Ready to Shelter MKO Terrorists.
  • Iranian plot to kill Saudi envoy in Cairo foiled.


Politics in Iran

  • Callous border security guns down 70 couriers in Kurdistan.
  • Arrest of Ali Akbar Heidari Fard, one of the three suspended judges of Kahrizak camp, after he disturbed the peace by firing a handgun at people queuing for petrol.
  • Ahmadinejad and Minister of Youth and Sports will likely not attend the 2012 Olympics because of fingerprint demands for visa – Saudi soccer players fingerprinted at Imam Khomeini International Airport.
  • Qom Lecturers Society urges the government to look into high prices; “weak strata of society will be faced with serious difficulties, if the high cost of living continues”
  • Religious police on motorbikes monitor bad-hejab women in Tehran.
  • Café Honar which belongs to the famous cinema actor Shahab Hosseini in Lavasan was closed by the government.
  • Kahrizak arrest: Ali Akbar Heydarifard, deputy to former Tehran Prosecutor, sent to Evin.
  • Iran to give 100 licenses to mosques to launch Preschools.
  • Iran imported weapons worth over £350 million in space of 3 years despite being the target of UN arms embargo.
  • Judiciary Chief accused the government of violating the law.


Miscellaneous

  • 500% rise in deaths resulting from addiction in “holy” city of Qom.
  • Death of Kurdish tradesmen in border regions.
  • Iran, China to cooperate in traditional medicine, acupuncture.
  • Another part of Oud-Lajan, one of Tehran’s oldest and most colorful neighborhoods destroyed by fire.


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