News from Iran – Week 43 – 2012

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Prisoners’ News

Transfers

Mousavi’s 2009 campaign coordinator, Mir Taher Mousavi, who was arrested 3 months ago, has been taken to hospital.

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was taken to hospital in dire condition but not admitted and returned to Evin.

Jailed lawyer Mohammad Seif Zadeh transferred from Evin prison to the hospital.

On hunger strike Human Rights attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh was transferred to prison infirmary.

 

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

Idris Seidin Boroujerni, student activist, enters Evin 350 to serve his one year sentence.

Journalist Abdolnaser Mahimani has been released on furlough.

19 year old Baha’i Tina Mohabati was arrested by Intelligence agents at a bus station in Gorgan. Her mother Shiva Rohani was arrested last week.

Farzin and Ramin Shahriari, Baha’i residents of Eslamshahr, in Tehran province, were arrested and taken to Evin.

Leila Tavasoli reported to Evin to start serving her 2 years sentence and was reportedly released after 2 hours.

 

C-Liberations

Activist Mehdi Fakhrzadeh, labour activist Behnam Keyvani , and Green Movement blogger Siamak Namayeshi released on bail.

D-Other News

Ahmad Ghabel, religious scholar, political dissident and whistle-blower on the mass executions at Mashhad prison has passed away.

Baloch security prisoner Hamzeh Rigi in solitary last 30 months is on 25th day of hunger strike.


News of injustice in Iran

Baha’i Akbar Pourhosseini sentenced to 28 months in prison.

3 executions in Sistan Baluchistan on Sunday.

10 executions in Evin on Monday.

3 executions in Ghazvine on Tuesday.

A man convicted of adultery was lashed 99 times in public in Ghaemshahr.


University – Culture

Film, director Jafar Panahi and jailed lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh were jointly awarded the European Union’s Sakharov prize for outstanding contribution to human rights and freedom of expression


Protests

Traffic protest and defiant dancing in the streets in Tabriz after Tractor game despite heavy security presence.

1,000 workers from Iran Entekhab group staged a demonstration at the South Korean embassy in Tehran after Daewoo deal sours.


Iran Economics

Iran’s inflation rate rises to 24% in Shahrivar (August 22-September 21).


Politics in Iran

Ahmadinejad’s request to visit Evin Prison is rejected for a second time by the judiciary.

Inflation reports are confidential; head of Iran’s Statistics Center said.


Iran  abroad

FM Salehi due to visit Lebanon on Saturday for a few-hour visit.

German parliamentary team to visit Iran.

Saudi coastguard ‘capture 15 Iranians.


Miscellaneous

28 students killed in bus accident.

Jet fighter accompanying Khamenei allegedly crashed.

7 earthquakes measuring from 2.0 to 3.6 have jolted Varzeghan, Ahar and Haris.

A storm that struck Bushehr killed one and injured three.

3 killed in explosion in Karaj.

 

Des Nouvelles d’Iran – Semaine 43-2012

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Nouvelles des Prisonniers

A-   Transferts

Ø  Mostafa Ali Ahmad, prisonnier politique kurde, transféré de la prison d’Oroumieh vers un endroit inconnu.

Ø  Djahangir (Houshang) Badozadeh, prisonnier politique kurde, transféré de la prison d’Oroumieh vers un endroit inconnu.

Ø  Yousef Kakehmami (Mostafa), prisonnier politique kurde, transféré de la prison d’Oroumieh vers un endroit inconnu.

Ø  Le coordinateur de la campagne de Moussavi en 2009, Mir Taher Moussavi, arrêté il y a 3 mois, a été hospitalisé.

Ø  Hossein Ronaghi Maleki brièvement transféré à l’hôpital puis ramené à Evine.

Ø  L’avocat emprisonné à Evine Mohammad Seif Zadeh hospitalisé.

Ø  L’avocate des droits humains en grève de la faim Nasrine Sotoudeh transférée au dispensaire.

Ø  Ali Ahmad Soleimani, prisonnier politique kurde, transféré de la prison d’Oroumieh vers un endroit inconnu.

Ø  Ahmad Tamoui, prisonnier politique kurde, transféré de la prison d’Oroumieh vers un endroit inconnu.

 

B- Arrestations/Incarcérations

Ø  Hooman Armand, militant politique, arrêté à Karadj.

Ø  Vahid Barghi, militant politique, arrêté à Karadj et libéré sous caution une semaine plus tard.

Ø  Idris Seidin Boroudjerni, militant étudiant, se rend à Evine pour purger son année de prison.

Ø  La bahaïe de 19 ans Tina Mohabati arrêtée par un agent du renseignement à une station de bus de Gorgan. Sa mère, Shiva Rohani a été arrêtée la semaine dernière.

Ø  Hassan Rezaïnejad, spécialiste en haute technologie qui travaille comme sous-traitant pour l’organisation des prisons, arrêté.

Ø  Mehdi Samadi, militant politique, arrêté à Karadj.

Ø  Babak Saran, militant politique, arrêté à Karadj.

Ø  Farzine et Ramine Shahriari, bahaïs d’Eslamshahr, dans la province de Téhéran, ont été arrêtés et emmenés à Evine.

Ø  Leila Tavassoli se rend à Evine pour commencer à purger ses 2 ans de prison.

Ø  304 arrestations à Mashhad en 24 heures.

 

C-Libérations

Ø  Le militant Mehdi Fakhrzadeh a été libéré sous caution.

Ø  Le syndicaliste Behnam Keyvani a été libéré sous caution.

Ø  Le journaliste Abdolnasser Mahimani a été mis en liberté provisoire.

Ø  Le bloggeur vert Siamak Namayeshi a été libéré sous caution.

 

D-Autres Nouvelles

Ø  Ahmad Ghabel, théologien, dissident politique qui avait dévoilé les exécutions de masse à la prison de Mashhad est décédé.

Ø  Le prisonnier politique baloutche Hamzeh Rigi à l’isolement depuis 30 mois, en est à son 25ème jour de grève de la faim..

 

Nouvelles de l’injustice en Iran

Ø  Le bahaï Akbar Pourhosseini condamné à 28 mois de prison.

Ø  3 exécutions dans le Sistan Baloutchistan dimanche.

Ø  10 exécutions à Evine lundi.

Ø  3 exécutions à Ghazvine mardi.

Ø  Un homme condamné pour adultère reçoit 99 coups de fouet en public à Ghaemshahr.

Ø  3 exécutions à la prison d’Oroumieh.

 

L’université – la Culture

Ø  Une télévision d’opposition iranienne, Raha TV, lancée à Londres.

 

Manifestations

Ø  Manifestation automobile à Tabriz après le match de l’équipe Tractor et malgré les forces de sécurité.

Ø  1.000 ouvriers du groupe Entekhab organisent une manifestation devant l’ambassade de Corée du Sud à Téhéran après l’annulation du contrat avec Daewoo.

Ø  Les conducteurs de camions citernes en grève à Ispahan.

 

L’économie de l’Iran

Ø  Le taux d’inflation atteint 24% en Shahrivar (du 22 août au 21 septembre).

Ø  Un gazoduc en feu au sud-ouest de l’Iran.

 

L’Iran à l’étranger

Ø  Le ministre des affaires étrangères Salehi doit se rendre au Liban pour une visite de quelques heures samedi.

Ø  Une délégation parlementaire allemande doit visiter l’Iran.

Ø  Les garde-côtes saoudiens capturent 15 Iraniens.

Ø  Un associé de Huawei a offert la technologie américaine à l’Iran.

Ø  Le prix des droits humains de l’union européenne décerné à Nasrine Sotoudeh et Djafar Panahi.

Ø  L’Iran préside le groupe des Non-Alignés au sein de l’UNESCO.

La politique en Iran

Ø  Pour la deuxième fois, la demande d’Ahmadinejad de se rendre à la prison d’Evine est refusée par la justice.

Ø  Les rapports sur l’inflation sont confidentiels déclare le responsable du centre des statistiques.

 

Nouvelles en vrac

Ø  28 étudiantes meurent dans un accident d’autocar.

Ø  L’avion de chasse accompagnant Khamenei se serait écrasé.

Ø  7 tremblements de terre de 2.0 à 3.6 ont secoué Varzeghan, Ahar et Haris.

Ø  Une tempête frappe Boushehr : 1 mort et 3 blessés.

Ø  3 morts dans une explosion à Karadj.

Ø  Un étudiant « bassidji » tué lors d’une attaque terroriste dans la province du Sistan-Baloutchistan.

 

Clashes as tens of thousands protest against austerity in Rome

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Tens of thousands of people marched through Rome in a “No Monti Day” on Saturday, some throwing eggs and spraying graffiti to protest against austerity measures introduced by Prime Minister Mario Monti’s government.

Appointed in November when Italy risked being sucked into the euro zone debt crisis, Monti has pushed through painful austerity measures to cut the country’s massive debt, including tax hikes, spending cuts and a pension overhaul.

“We are here against Monti and his politics, the same politics as all over Europe, that brought Greece to its knees and that are destroying half of Europe, public schools, health care,” said demonstrator Giorgio Cremaschi.

Police were on alert for possible infiltration by extremists who turned past demonstrations violent. But while protesters threw eggs at bank windows and set off firecrackers, no major incidents were reported.

“United with a Europe that is rebelling. Let’s get rid of the Monti government,” read one of the banners held at the demonstration.

Unemployment in Italy has risen to its highest since monthly records began in 2004 and unions are locked in growing disputes with companies over plant closures and layoffs.

“It’s been years that there have been no investments, instead it’s all outsourced and privatized, we are here to say enough and we hope this voice will grow,” said another demonstrator, Caterina Fida.

Monti has defended the austerity measures, saying he believes his technocrat government will be remembered for having helped Italy pull itself out of a deep economic crisis without needing to resort to external aid.

In another demonstration in northern Italy, a small group of protesters scuffled with police near where Monti was addressing a rally on the theme of family values.

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Time to Rein in #Bahrain

Bahrain Journalist Nazeeha Saeed [pic: BHR]
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The Kingdom of Bahrain is not presented to the world as a major power, or a serious threat to peace and stability. Quite the opposite. So why is it continually allowed to get away with human rights abuses? Those responsible should be charged and tried, along with the chain of command. Countries which are entitled to pride themselves on their human rights record – I am aware this is a shrinking list – should be ashamed to have any dealings with Bahrain until it changes its policies and adjusts its attitude. Citizens of countries which pretend towards any form of democratic government should use their right to speak out against these abuses.

This is the story of just one of Bahrain’s many victims. On 22 October, a court in Manama cleared a policewoman of torture and ill-treatment in the course of her duties when a female Bahraini journalist, Nazeeha Saeed, was assaulted and beaten in custody during anti-government protests last year.

Lieutenant Sarah al-Musa was the first female officer to be prosecuted before a civilian court for abuses carried out by the police during the crackdown on the popular uprising that began in February last year. Her trial opened on 6 June. In April of this year, The High Criminal Court sent  the case back to the public prosecution.

Nazeeha has announced she intends to appeal against the verdict. The journalist also made a complaint against another policewoman and a male officer, Fahad Ali Abdulla Khalifa, alleging torture and ill-treatment, but so far no action has been taken against them. As well as being a co-accused in the case, Khalifa was also cited as a witness and gave evidence at a hearing on 7 September.

Bahrain Journalist Nazeeha Saeed [pic: BHR]

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is outraged at the officer’s acquittal, declaring it “a verdict that illustrates the Bahrain’s judicial system’s lack of independence.” The kingdom’s authorities, mindful of their international image, pride themselves on having accepted 158 of the 176 recommendations — 13 partially – made by the Bahrain Universal Periodic Review at the 21st session of the UN Human rights Council in September 2012. However, these undertakings were trampled underfoot as soon as the television cameras left. This verdict raises many questions as to the seriousness of the Bahraini judiciary to truly implement the recommendations contained in Bassiouni’s report, especially in what relates to bringing to justice those responsible for torture as well as the calls released by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Reporters Without Boarders (RWB), and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) pertaining to opening an investigation into the torturing of Nazeeha Saeed and putting the torturers on trial.

Saeed, a correspondent for France 24 and Radio Monte Carlo Doualiya, had been summoned to a police station for questioning in the city of Rifa’a at midday on 22 May 2011. She expected to be back home two hours later and had no inkling of the nightmare awaiting her.

On arriving at the police station, she took a seat and waited calmly. Other women, mainly nurses, were also waiting, sitting on the floor.

An hour later, she was called. She entered an office where there was a male officer. In a quiet but unsettling voice, he told her to answer the questions that would be put to her. He then left her with a female officer, who accusing her of “lying” in her reports and told her to admit her links with the Hezbollah TV station Al-Manar and the Iranian Arabic-language TV station Al-Alam. “You must confess,” the woman kept repeating, going on to accuse her of participating in the pro-democracy demonstrations that have taking place in Bahrain since March.

Another hour passed, and she was taken to another office. There, a woman police officer mocked and insulted her. When Nazeeha ignored her, the policewoman grabbed her by the chin, held it hard, and slapped her with the other hand. “You must tell me the truth,” she screamed, continuing to slap her and then seizing her by the hair and throwing her to the ground. Four policewomen proceeded to slap, punch and kick her repeatedly. One of the women took her shoe and forced it into her mouth. “You are worth less than this shoe,” she said.

With the shoe still in her mouth, she was dragged to yet another office, where she was blindfolded and was initially made to stand. Then she was forced to kneel on a chair, facing the back of the chair, exposing her back and the soles of her feet, which were now beaten repeatedly with a piece of flexible black plastic tubing. As she cried out with pain, a police officer kept shouting “Shut up and answer my questions” without asking any questions or without giving her time to say anything.

She continued to be accused of lying and of “harming Bahrain’s image.” The blows kept on coming. The blindfold finally fell from her eyes and she noticed the male officer, the one who had spoken to her initially, coldly observing the scene.

Nazeeha was then taken to a room where there were other women, nurses, who were awaiting their turn to be interrogated.

After a while, she was taken back for another interrogation session. The nightmare resumed. Blindfolded again, she was told to bray like a donkey and to walk like an animal. A new humiliation. And she was beaten again. At one point, a woman held a plastic bottle against her mouth. “Drink, it’s urine,” the woman cried, pressing her lips against the mouth of the bottle. Nazeeha managed to knock the bottle out of the policewoman’s hand, but the policewoman picked it up and poured part of its contents over her face. Nazeeha did not know what it was, but it stung her face.

She was taken to another office and was forced to kneel on a chair again. The soles of her feet, her back, her arms and her head were again beaten with the plastic tube.

Nazeeha was taken back to the room where other women were waiting and the blindfold was removed. When she recovered the use of her eyes, she saw that it was past midnight. All the women, including Nazeeha, were now allowed to go to the toilet and were brought food. They were also brought documents to sign, without being able to read them. Nazeeha signed.

The policewoman who had initially received her at the police station checked all the women with a stethoscope and told them they would be sent to prison for 45 days, pending trial.

The head of the police station nonetheless asked to see Nazeeha. He told her he was very surprised to find her there and pretended not to know she had been interrogated. She was allowed to phone her mother and was finally allowed to return home. But she has not yet recovered from the ordeal. She continues to suffer physical and psychological after-effects.

The interior ministry subsequently announced proceedings against those responsible for the mistreatment. Nazeeha gave an account of her ordeal to the military prosecutor in charge of the investigation. She spent some time in France receiving medical care before returning to Bahrain.

 

Bahraini media professionals including journalists, photographers, and bloggers were subjected to mass arrests after the declaration of the martial laws in March 15, 2011. This was followed by the murdering of publisher Kareem Fakrawi and blogger Zakariya Al Asheeri along with the arrest and torture of more than 140 media professionals. Likewise, tens of foreign correspondents were temporarily detained, forcefully deported, or denied entry to Bahrain.

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