News from Iran – Week 37 – 2012

Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour
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Prisoners’ News

A- Transfers

Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour

  • Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour, defrocked cleric, transferred to Yazd Prison.
  • Human Rights activist Navid Khanjani has been transferred from Evin to Rejaei Shahr prison.
  • Hossein Ronaghi Maleki transferred to Tabriz prison quarantine in preparation for transfer to Evin.
  • Isa Saharkhiz transferred from Evin to Rejaei Shahr prison.
  • 6 of the earthquake volunteer aid workers arrested in Azerbaijan have been transferred to Evin 350:
    • Navid Khanjani
    • Sepehr Saheban
    • Esmaeil Salmanpour
    • Saeed Shirzad
    • Hooman Taheri
    • Masoud Vafabakhsh.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Samin Ehsani summoned to Evin to purge her sentence.
  • Rashid Esmaili member of Policy Council of Advar Tahkim (Alumni Society ) was arrested by IRGC agents.
  • Soleiman Mahmoudian arrested in Saqez and sent to Saqez prison.
  • Mehran Malaveisi arrested in Marivan and sent to Saqez prison.
  • Journalist/Human Rights activist Shiva Nazarahari sentenced to 4 years + 74 lashes reported to Evin to start serving her sentence.
  • Hamed and Jamal Sheikhi arrested in Marivan and sent to Saqez prison.

C-Liberations

  • Popular poet Mohammad-Reza Ali-Payam (Haloo) released on 100 million toman bail.
  • After 3 years imprisonment, journalist Masoud Bastani is released on furlough.
  • Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani released, acquitted of apostasy.
  • National-Religious activist Alireza Rejaei has been released from Evin on a 3 day furlough.
  • Abdollah Shahbazi, jailed Iranian historian, released.
  • Ali Tase released from Marivan prison after 2 months detention.
  • Obeid Zarei released from Marivan prison after 2 months detention.
  • These aid workers were released from custody:
    • Morteza Esmailpour
    • Danial Hasani
    • Esmail Salmanpour
    • Saeed Shirzad
    • Bahram Shojaei

D-Other News

Mohammad Tavassoli

  • After writing a letter to the Chief of the Judiciary, former Tehran mayor Mohammad Tavasoli summoned to court on a case that was closed 3 years ago.


News of injustice in Iran

  • Farzad Ahmadi, a labour activist and tailor, sentenced to 4 months in prison in Sanandaj.
  • Court of Appeals has upheld a 3 year sentence of Maryam Alangi. Her husband Mohsen Dogmechi died in prison last year.
  • The Appeals Court in Tehran has upheld a 5 year sentence for the Child Rights activist Samin Ehsani.
  • Court of Appeal has sentenced Zahra Mansouri to 2 years in prison and 5 years suspended.
  • Amanollah Mostaghim’s 5 year sentence upheld by Appeals.
  • Shahnaz Sagvand, wife of jailed worker Ali Nejati on trial, charged with spreading propaganda against the system through an interview with Foreign Media.
  • Gonabadi Dervish, Nosrat Tabasi, sentenced to 5 years in prison.
  • 11 people who were transferred from Ghezel Hesar prison to Evin Ward 240 were hanged, among them 5 Afghans.
  • A man was hanged in public on Monday in Shahrood.
  • Verdicts have been issued for 40 people involved in the bank fraud case. 4 have received the death penalty and 2 have received life in prison.


University – Culture

  • Gender Segregation forces girls to drop out from school in the villages of Yasuj due to lack of accommodation.
  • Qaraati: Iranian Universities should be equipped with “temporary marriage” headquarters.
  • Iran censures text messages containing the word “dollar” following collapse of its currency.


Iranian Economy

  • $1 = 2305 Toman on Saturday, 2430 on Sunday, 2600 on Monday, and 2500 (Euro 3250 ) on Tuesday.
  • Black Market estimated to account for 21% of Iranian economy.
  • Two manufacturing factories in Arak and Esfahan closed in one week; 600 workers lost their jobs.
  • Deputy Minister of Industry, Trade and Mines: 38% decrease in car production in the first 5 months of the year.
  • Iran’s Central Bank went bankrupt.
  • Iran surpasses Bolivia to become number one in the world in inequality in distribution of wealth.
  • Rent prices increase by a staggering 60% says Iran’s Census Bureau.


Iran  Abroad

  • Sierra Leone takes 10 Iranian ships off register.
  • Iran seeks to reopen London embassy; UK refuses.
  • Egypt denies in talks to buy Iranian oil.
  • Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, slammed Bahrain’s imposition of jail terms on 13 leading opposition figures in the kingdom.


Politics in Iran

  • The Majlis has set up a special joint friendship group to boost parliamentary ties with Syria, Egypt, Palestine and Morocco.
  • Protest against the American film caricaturing Mohammad in front of the Swiss Embassy.
  • 100 teachers in Hamadan protested deceptive announcement of Minister of Education claiming 15% rise been implemented.


Miscellaneous

  • Iran ambulance personnel get equipped with teargas.
  • Iranian Paralympians take home 24 medals.

Des nouvelles d’Iran – Semaine 37-2012

Mohammad Tavassoli
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Nouvelles des Prisonniers

A-   Transferts

Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour

Ø  Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour, religieux défroqué, transféré à la prison de Yazd.

Ø  Le militant des droits humains Navid Khandjani transféré d’Evine à la prison de Redjaï Shahr.

Ø  Issa Saharkhiz transféré de la prison d’Evine à celle de Redjaï Shahr.

Ø  6 des volontaires qui aidaient les victimes du tremblement de terre arrêtés en Azerbaïdjan ont été transférés au bloc 350 d’Evin :

o   Navid Khandjani

o   Sepehr Saheban

o   Esmaïl Salmanpour

o   Saïd Shirzad

o   Houman Taheri

o   Massoud Vafabakhsh.

B- Arrestations/Incarcérations

Ø  Samine Ehsani convoquée à Evine pour purger ses 5 ans de prison

Ø  Rashid Esmaïli membre de la direction politique d’Advar Tahkim (association d’étudiants) a été arrêté par des gardes révolutionnaires.

Ø  Soleiman Mahmoudian arrêté à Saqqez et envoyé à la prison de Saqqez.

Ø  Mehran Malaveisi arrêté à Marivan et envoyé à la prison de Saqqez.

Ø  La journaliste et militante des droits humains Shiva Nazarahari, condamnée à 4 ans + 74 coups de fouet, s’est rendue à Evine pour commencer à purger sa peine.

Ø  Djamal et Hamed Sheikhi arrêtés à Marivan et envoyés à la prison de Saqqez.

 

C-Libérations

Ø  Le poète populaire Mohammad-Reza Ali-Payam (Halou) libéré sous une caution de 100 million de tomans.

Ø  Après 3 ans d’emprisonnement, le journaliste Massoud Bastani bénéficie d’une permission.

Ø  Le pasteur Youssef Nadarkhani libéré, acquitté de ses charges d’apostasie.

Ø  Le militant National-Religieux Alireza Redjaï en liberté provisoire sous caution pendant 3 jours.

Ø  Abdollah Shahbazi, historien iranien, libéré.

Ø  Ali Tasseh libéré de la prison de Marivan après 2 mois de détention.

Ø  Obeed Zareï libéré de la prison de Marivan après 2 mois de détention.

Ø  Ces volontaires qui aidaient les victimes du tremblement de terre ont été libérés :

o   Morteza Esmaïlpour

o   Danial Hassani

o   Esmaïl Salmanpour

o   Saïd Shirzad

o   Bahram Shojaï

D-Autres Nouvelles

Ø  Après avoir écrit au chef de la justice, l’ancien maire de Téhéran Mohammad Tavassoli est convoqué au tribunal pour une affaire déjà jugée il y a 3 ans.

Mohammad Tavassoli

Nouvelles de l’injustice en Iran

Ø  Farzad Ahmadi, tailleur syndicaliste, condamné à 4 mois de prison à Sanandaj.

Ø  La cour d’appel a confirmé la peine de 3 ans de Maryam Alangui. Son mari, Mohsen Dogmetchi, est mort en prison l’année dernière.

Ø  Samine Ehsani condamnée en appel à 5 ans de prison.

Ø  La cour d’appel a condamné Zahra Mansouri à 2 ans de prison et 5 avec sursis.

Ø  Amanollah Mostaghim voit sa peine de 5 ans confirmée en appel.

Ø  Shahnaz Sagvand, épouse du syndicaliste emprisonné Ali Nedjati a été condamnée pour propagande contre le système par le biais d’interview avec des medias étrangers.

Ø  Le derviche Gonabadi, Nosrat Tabassi, condamné à 5 ans de prison.

Ø  Les 11 personnes qui avaient été transférées de la prison de Ghezel Hesar au bloc 240 d’Evine, ont été pendues, parmi eux, 5 Afghans.

Ø  Un homme a été pendu en public lundi à Shahrood.

Ø  Les verdicts ont été prononcés pour les 40 personnes impliquées dans le scandale de la fraude bancaire : 4 sont condamnés à mort et 2 à perpétuité.

L’université – la Culture

Ø  La ségrégation des sexes oblige les filles à abandonner leurs études à cause du manque d’établissements les acceptant dans les villages autour de Yassoudj.

Ø  Ghara’ati : Les universités iraniennes devraient s’équiper de centre de « mariages temporaires ».

Ø  L’Iran censure les SMS contenant le mot “dollar” suite à la chute de sa monnaie.

L’economie de l’Iran

Ø  $1 = 2305 tomans samedi, 2430 dimanche, 2600 lundi, 2500 mardi et l’euro à 3250 tomans le même jour.

Ø  Le marché noir représente 21% de l’économie iranienne.

Ø  Deux usines, à Arak et à Ispahan, ferment en une semaine, 600 ouvriers ont perdu leur boulot.

Ø  Le secrétaire d’Etat à l’industrie, au commerce et aux mines: 38% de réduction dans la production de véhicules Durant les 5 premiers mois de l’année.

Ø  La banque centrale fait banqueroute.

Ø  L’Iran surpasse la Bolivie et devient le numéro 1 pour l’inégalité de la distribution des richesses dans le monde.

Ø  Le bureau des statistiques confirme l’augmentation des loyers de 60%.

L’Iran à l’étranger

Ø  La Sierra Leone retire 10 bateaux iraniens de son registre maritime.

Ø  L’Iran cherche à rouvrir son ambassade en Grande Bretagne qui le lui refuse.

Ø  L’Egypte réfute toute discussion avec l’Iran sur l’achat de pétrole brut.

Ø  Le porte-parole du ministère des affaires étrangères, Ramin Mehmanparast, condamne le royaume de Bahreïn pour avoir condamné 13 membres dirigeants de l’opposition à de la prison.

La politique en Iran

Ø  Le parlement a mis en place un groupe spécial d’amitié pour resserrer les liens parlementaires avec la Syrie, l’Egypte, la Palestine et le Maroc.

Ø  La milice bassidj manifeste contre le film qui caricature Mahomet devant l’ambassade suisse.

Ø  100 enseignants de Hamadan ont manifesté contre la fausse annonce du ministère de l’Education prétendant qu’une augmentation de 15% avait été appliquée.

Nouvelles en vrac

Ø  Les ambulanciers iraniens sont désormais équipés de gaz lacrymogène.

Ø  24 médailles aux jeux paralympiques pour l’Iran.

Calm returns to #SierraLeone mine after 3 die in violence

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Calm has returned to Sierra Leone’s northern mining city of Bunbuna, following a violent protest amidst a mine workers strike, which left three people dead and at least eight others injured on Wednesday.

Initial report said a woman was shot dead on Wednesday in Sierra Leone after a protest by miners at an iron mine owned by London-based African Minterals turned violent, with police firing tear gas, police said.

Assistant police superintendent Ibrahim Samura denied reports on local radio that the police had fired on the crowd in a bid to disperse the protesters at the Bumbuna mine 160 miles (256 km) north of the capital.

“The strikers were trying to disarm one of the armed police when his gun went off accidentally and the stray shot hit the woman who was in her compound.

“As far as we are concerned, the police only fired teargas canisters to quell the rampaging strikers to prevent them from advancing into a fuel depot where over six large containers are located. If this had been set on fire, it could have spelled disaster for the area.”

Samura said some 26 people had been arrested.

Local media reported the woman was killed by stray police bullets which left many others wounded and that Internal Affairs Minister Musa Tarawally was would head a government investigation into the events. The death toll went up to three after the clashes between protesters and police escalated.

The striking workers downed tools two days ago calling for increased wages and better working conditions and improved medical facilities.

“We are working long hours without overtime at the mines,” one irate miner said in a telephone interview, asking not to be identified. He also claimed foreign workers received preferential salaries and treatment.

A company official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the strikers had on Monday torched a jeep worth thousands of dollars.

African Minerals is one of the biggest in the iron-ore mining industry in the country whose deposit of the mineral is billed as the largest reported magnetite iron-ore deposit in the world.

In November 2011 it carried out the first iron-ore shipment from the war-torn country in 30 years.

After the situation went out of hand, police authorities are said to have sent in more reinforcement to the area to put the situation under control, as youths have reportedly gone on the rampage, blocking roads leading to the mining company’s headquarters.

WADR’s Freetown Correspondent said a high-level government delegation visited the area Wednesday night to assess the situation and hear first- hand accounts of what led to the violence there.

The delegation included the ministers of Mines, Presidential Affairs, Information and Communication, Labour and Industrial Relations.

Police have now admitted using Excessive force but say it was in self defense.

Police reinforcement was sent to the area to put the situation under control, as youths have reportedly gone on the rampage, blocking roads leading to the mining company’s headquarters.

Meanwhile, authorities have scheduled a meeting with the striking mine workers of the Bunbuna mine for next Tuesday.

Bunbuna is also home to the country’s largest hydro electric dam.

WADR’s Freetown correspondent Mohamed Konneh has been closely monitoring the situation and he reports.

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