News from Iran – Week 20 – 2013

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Prisoners’ News

A-Transfers

  • Ayoub Asadi, Kurdish political activist, transferred to Kashmar to serve his 20 year sentence.
  • Emergency transfer of Dervish lawyer Amir Eslami to hospital after heart attack.
  • Fakhroldin Faraji, Kurdish political activist, transferred to Tabas to serve his 30 year sentence.
  • Chengiz Ghadem-Kheiri , Kurdish political activist, transferred to Masjede-Soleiman to serve his 40 year sentence.
  • Kurdish activist on death row, Habibollah Golparipour, transferred to Urmiah prison from Semnan.
  • Namegh Mahmoudi, 62 years old political prisoner of Rejaei Shahr, transferred to hospital.
  • Mohammad-Hossein Rezaei, Kurdish political activist, transferred to Minoab to serve his 30 year sentence.

 

B-Arrests-Detentions

  • Javad Abou-Ali and Mohammad Danaei arrested in Behbahan.
  • Civil activist Behnam Bagheri arrested in a raid of his toy store in Maku.
  • Gonabadi dervish, Seyed Ebrahim Bahrami, arrested in Kavar.
  • Hamid-Reza Rezaei, vice-admiral in charge of special marine commandos in Sirjan arrested.
  • Abdollah Sadoughi, environmentalist, arrested at home in Tabriz.
  • Masoud Shamsnejad, law professor at Payam-e-Noor and Azad Universities of Urmia, and lawyer of death row prisoner Habibillah Golparipour, arrested.
  • Activist/poet, law student Jahanbakhsh Soltanzadeh (Salour) arrested in a raid of his home
  • Temporary detention order for Human Rights activists/journalists Masoud and Khosro Kordpour has been extended another 2 months – At the urging of his family Khosro Kurdpour ended his hunger strike after 25 days.

 

C-Liberations

  • Ali Azad, workers’ rights activist, released on bail.
  • Shohreh Azami-Kassaei freed after serving her sentence.
  • Mahmoud Dordkeshan freed after serving 1 year in prison.
  • Political prisoner Pouria Ebrahimi released from Evin after completing 1 year sentence.
  • Workers’ Rights activist, Ghaleb Hosseini, arrested 19 March, released on 150 million toman bail.
  • Zhinous Nourani freed after serving her sentence.

D-Other News

  • Shirin Ebadi accepts Golden Lily of Florence on behalf of Nasrin Sotoudeh.
  • Imprisoned journalist, Rahman Ghahremanpour, denied transfer to hospital for refusing to wear prison uniform.
  • Mostafa Nili, political prisoner of Rejaei Shahr, not allowed furlough to attend his father’s funeral.
  • Prominent Iranian union leader, Mansour Osanlou, says he left country after death threats.
  • Political prisoners in Zahedan central prison launched a hunger strike to protest their continued illegal imprisonment and prevention of their basic rights.
  • Mohammad-Reza Ahmadi-Nia, member of Pen club, sentenced to 3 years in prison + 1 year suspended.
  • Court overturns the exile sentence of Mokhtar Asadi, member of Teacher’s Union.
  • Mohsen Ghashghaeizadeh sentenced to 2 years.
  • Sirwan and Shirzad Hossein Panahi, Kurdish civil activists sentenced to 6 months each.

 

News of injustice in Iran

  • One hanging in Kermanshah on Sunday.
  • Three hangings in Rajaei-Shahr on Wednesday.
  • One public hanging in Noshahr.
  • Seven hangings in Rasht prison.

 

University – Culture

  • 8 booths closed and 883 books withdrawn at Tehran International Book Fair.
  • Mohammad-Rezā Lotfi’s concert canceled by ministry of Culture and Guidance.

 

Protests

  • Khatoon Abad Copper strikers attacked by the guards.
  • “Bouazizi of Ahwaz”, Mehdi Hadi Mojadam, dies of burns injuries.
  • 400 building workers protest in Seyyed Alshohada mosque in Shariati Street of Tehranpars.
  • Taxi drivers are on strike in Sanandaj
  • Journalists of Shahrvand go on strike.
  • 150 bus drivers of Tehran protest in front of Tehran Town Hall.

 

Iran abroad

  • Afghanistan says nine migrants killed by Iranian border guards.
  • Lotfollah Forouzandeh, Iranian Vice President, meets Head of Turkish Parliament in Ankara.
  • Iranian convicted over Nigeria arms.
  • US to block sales of gold to Iran in sanctions pressure.
  • First group of 14 Iraqi members of MKO moved to Albania.
  • Minister of Industry, Mines and Trade leaves for Vietnam.
  • Two Iranian diplomats declared “personae non grata” by Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Security Ministry.

 

Iran Economics

  • Akhshan seat-belt factory closure in Shiraz leaves 500 unemployed.
  • Iran banned luxury car imports (Benz + Porsche).
  • South Korea cut crude imports from Iran by half in April.
  • Sharp decline in IRI Shipping Lines revenues.

 

Iran Politics

  • A total of 686 hopefuls have registered for Iran’s presidential election.
  • 35 reformist candidates disqualified in municipal elections.
  • Guardian Council extends deadline to announce final list of Iran presidential candidates to May 21.
  • 100 Majlis deputies ask Gardians Council not to approve candidacy of Rafsanjani and Mashaei.
  • 2 sites close to candidate Rahim Mashaei filtered.
  • Vice President Rahimi withdraws presidential candidacy.
  • Foreign Minister Spokesman resigns amid presidential bid.
  • Ayatollah Sistani deems that being a candidate at the presidential election is a duty for Rafsanjani.
  • The Reformists Advisory Council and The Participation Front have officially endorsed Hashemi Rafsanjani.
  • The manager of Keyhan newspaper threatens Rafsanjani of clashes with Hezbollah and Supreme Guide support.
  • Young Reformists supporters of Rafsanjani were prevented from holding a pre-approved meeting in Rasht.

 

Miscellaneous

  • Earthquake of magnitude 6.2 hits Southern Iran near Minab.
  • Ban on the Reuters bureau in Tehran lifted.

News from Iran – Week 19 – 2013

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Prisoners’ News

Transfers

  • Saeed Abedini stops hunger strike after his return to 350. – Transferred to Modarres hospital for stomach bleeding then back to Evin.
  • Abolfazl Abedini Nasr, Kamran Ayazi, Mohammad and Pouria Ebrahimi, Siamak Ghaderi, Amir Khosro Dalirsani, Saeed Madani, Abdollah Momeni and Mohamad-Hassan Yousefpour-Seifi stopped hunger strike after return to 350.

Arrests-Detentions

  • Mohammad Ehiaee workers’ rights activist, arrested at his work place
  • Fardin Ghaderi, Hamed Mahmoudinejad, Shahpour Hosseini, Jalil Mohammadi and Aram Zandi workers’ rights activists arrested in Sanandaj.
  • Mohammad Ghasem-Khani Bahram Saeedi, all workers at Iran Khodro, arrested at work.
  • Baztab news site managing director Ali Ghazali has been reported arrested.
  • Idris Karimi, Adel Moradi and Naaman Manouchehri arrested in Ravansar.
  • Eilghar Moazzenzadeh Azeri poet arrested with his brother Ehsan at their home in Meshkin-Shahr and transferred to Ardebil Intelligence detention center.
  • Baha’i Parisa Shahidi was arrested in a raid of her home. Her husband is imprisoned in Rajaei Shahr.

Liberations

  • Ali Azad, workers’ rights activist, released on bail.
  • Shohreh Azami-Kasaei was freed at the end of her 8 month sentence.
  • Zhinoos Nourani was freed at the end of her 1 year sentence.

Other News

  • Saeed Abedini, Abolfazl Abedini Nasr, Kamran Ayazi, Mohammad Ebrahimi, Pouria Ebrahimi, Siamak Ghaderi, Amir Khosro Dalirsani, Saeed Madani, Abdollah Momeni and Mohamad-Hassan Yousefpour-Seifi launched a hunger strike to protest detention in Evin prison solitary after they protested against repressive conditions in Ward 350.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Davoud Alijani, Ahvaz pastor Farhad Sabok-Rouh and Naser Zamen-Dezfouli summoned to serve 1 year sentences in Sepidar prison.
  • Akbar Amini has been sentenced to 5 years in prison and 5 year ban from any political activity.
  • Mohammad Parsi and Pejman Zafarmand both sentenced to 3 years in prison and 5 years ban from any political activity.
  • Ayat Mehrali-Biglou, Shahram Radmehr, Mahmoud Fazli, Behboud Gholizadeh and Latif Hassani, Azeri political activists, sentenced to 9 years in prison.
  • Shahnaz Jayzan, wife of Pastor Sabok-Rouh, summoned to serve her 1 year sentence.
  • Gonabadi Dervish, Mehran Rahbari sentenced to 2 years in prison.
  • 3 public executions in Kermanshah on Monday.
  • 3 executions in Isfahan prison.
  • Flogging sentence carried out in public in Abiek.
  • 3 hangings in Shahroud on Thursday.
  • One hanging in Semnan on Thursday.

University – Culture

  • Internet proxies no longer effective in Iran.
  • Book of former President Rafsanjani banned at Tehran Book Fair.

Protests

  • The protest movement started by Kurdish men posting photographs of themselves dressed in women’s clothing in a Facebook campaignBeingawomanisnothumiliatingandshouldnotbeconsideredpunishment – started after police paraded a convicted criminal through the city of Marivan dressed in traditional Kurdish women’s clothing – continues to gain international media attention.

Iran abroad

  • Kenya jails two Iranians for life for plotting attacks.
  • Kuwait upheld a life sentence against 2 Iranians for their role in a pro-Iran espionage network.
  • Houtan Kian receives Dutch Lawyers for Lawyers’ award.
  • FM Salehi meets Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.
  • Yusuf Bin Alawi, Omani foreign minister arrives in Tehran.

Iran Economics

  • Iran cuts bread subsidies.
  • Statistical center reports show record inflation in March/April at 38.7%, and inflation over past 12 months at 29.8%.
  • Osve Iran factory closes; 24 workers fired.

Iran Politics

  • Head of the Pharmaceutical Division in the Food and Drug Organization resigns due to shortage of vital drugs, accuses Ahmadinejad government of managerial failure.
  • Raziyeh Omidvar is the first woman in the history of the Islamic Republic of Iran to stand as a candidate in the 11th presidential elections..

Miscellaneous

  • Islamic Dress Code: Compulsory staff uniforms for female employees of Tehran University.
  • Ali Parvin receives AFC Distinguished Service Award.
  • Earthquake strikes port in Hormozgan province.
  • Iran plunges 62 places in quality of life ranking in comparison with other countries over the past five years.

News from Iran – Week 27 – 2012

Iranian nationals Sayed Mansour Mousavi, left, and Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammad, right, are seen in this June 27, 2012 file photo in the Nairobi magistrates court in Nairobi, Kenya. (Khalil Senosi/AP)
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News of the Prisoners

A- Transfers

  • After 3 months in Intel detention, cultural activist Jabar Yebari has been moved to Karoon prison in Ahvaz.
  • Amin Zargarnezhad transferred to solitary in Tabriz prison.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Idris Kaveh, Bohran Keyvanpour, Hamid Parhizkar, Kurdish villagers, arrested in Nei, and Shamzin Ahmadnezhad, Shahoo Partavi, Mohammad-Amin Salimi , Mohammad Savarkar, Asad Soleimannezhad, Khalil Zibaei recently arrested in Mahabad.
  • After 3 days on medical leave Baha’i professor Farhad Sadeghi returned to prison.
  • Student activist Navid Gorgin was arrested in Esfahan last week.
  • Ahmad Hashemi former president Khatami’s Inspector General at the Interior Ministry started serving 5 years sentence.
  • Greens supporter journalist Ali Moslehi was arrested in Kashan.

C-Liberations

  • Journalist/civil activist Aref Darvish was released from prison after completing 1 year sentence.
  • Cyrus Fatehi, workers’ rights activist, released on bail.
  • Mitra Homayouni, workers’ rights activist, released on bail.
  • Journalist Nazanin Khosravani released for one week after posting bail.
  • Blogger/Human Rights activist Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has been released on bail on medical furlough.
  • Saeed Marzban, workers’ rights activist, released on bail.
  • Labor activist Maziar Mehrpour has been released on bail.
  • Farhad Sadeghi released from Rejaei Shahr on medical furlough.
  • Temporary release of imprisoned Christian convert Mehrdad Sajjadi on high bail.
  • Masoud Salimpour, workers’ rights activist, released on bail.

D-Other News

  • Cleric blogger Arash Honarvar Shojaei has started a hunger strike upon return to Evin after expiry of Medical furlough. He fell unconscious on the 4th day and was transferred to clinic.
  • In protest against transfer from ward 12 to ward 10 in Rajaei Shahr prison, 53 prisoners refuse food rations; 40 announce hunger strike


News of injustice in Iran

  • Samin Ehsani, Baha’i children’s rights activist, sentenced to 5 years in prison.
  • Semnan Court of Appeals has sentenced Elham Roozbehei to 24 months in prison.
  • Court of Appeals in Semnan has sentenced Baha’i Taraneh Torabi to 20 months in prison.
  • The two men sentenced to death following their two previous convictions for alcohol consumption have had their death sentences commuted and each received 80 lashes.
  • One public hanging in Ahar on Sunday.
  • 4 hangings on Monday, 1 publicly and 3 in Semnan.


University – Culture

  • The Jameh Mosque and Gonbad-e Qabus Tower have been approved as World Heritage sites.
  • Filmmaker Asghar Farhadi has been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
  • 1070 satellite dishes seized in Northern Iran.
  • Tehran International puppet theater festival kicks off.
  • Modernist Iranian painter Mansureh Hosseini dies at 86.
  • Mahmoud Dowlatabadi ‘s “The Colonel” just published in the US.
  • Police raided and disrupted the Pen Society meeting held by Dr. Khazali and prevented Mohammad Nourizad from entering the meeting.
  • Another concert cancelled because men and women were not separated.
  • Misagh Afshar, Student in Beheshti University expelled because he is Baha’i.


Protests

  • Activists protest in support of Abr Forest.
  • Families of detained workers’ rights activists meet to protest
  • Disabled people demonstrated in front of the General Health Organization of Iran’s offices to protest the non-payment of disability benefits.
  • Telecom workers to strike and protest working conditions in Shiraz.


Economy in Iran

  • Ministry of industry and mines raises interest rates on loans to industry from 11% to 21%.
  • Iran discovers 6 billion barrels of new oil reserves.
  • Iran automobile production drops 40% this year.
  • 4,000 Iranian brick workers lose jobs after plant closure.
  • No Iranian crude imports for Japan in July.
  • Sanctions cut Iran’s July oil exports to near 1 million barrels per day.


Iran  abroad

Iranian nationals Sayed Mansour Mousavi, left, and Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammad, right, are seen in this June 27, 2012 file photo in the Nairobi magistrates court in Nairobi, Kenya. (Khalil Senosi/AP)


  • Salehi, Iran Foreign Minister briefly detained by Lanarca airport security last week in Cyprus.
  • U.N. publishes report on Iran arms trade with Syria.
  • Iran calls for extraordinary OPEC meeting.
  • Qatar frees 8 jailed Iran fishermen.
  • Saudi Arabia has not resumed issuing visas to Iranian pilgrims following the suspension on the death of the Crown Prince
  • Iran summons Afghan diplomat.
  • Saudi decided not to execute Iranian prisoners. Sentences commuted to 15 years in jail.
  • Iran proposes opening of bank branch in Mumbai, India.
  • The 2 Iranians arrested in Kenya with 15 kgs of explosives are members of IRGC Qods force which executes terror attacks against targets outside Iran.
  • Iran arrests two men on charges of spying for Azerbaijan; Iranian ambassador to Baku recalled.
  • Frankfurt prosecutor office: Iran’s Vice Consulate is accused of sexually molesting children.
  • Iran invites Egypt’s new Islamist president to non-aligned summit in Tehran in August.


Politics in Iran

  • Iranian authorities ban selling food and transport services 2 foreign (read Afghan) citizens without residence permit.
  • Foreign Ministry rejects anti-Semitic remarks of first Vice President Rahimi.
  • The government retreats from implementing the second phase of targeted subsides.
  • Iran dismisses militia commanders involved in the British embassy attack.
  • Speaker of Syrian parliament to visit Iran.
  • Tehran to host conference on ‘women and Islamic awakening’ next week.
  • Reza Taghipour, Minister of Communications, admitted surveillance and illegally intercepting citizens’ conversations.


Miscellaneous

  • One hour “temporary marriage” (Islamic prostitution contract) in Iran at $35-$50/hour.
  • 63% of Iranians vote to stop Uranium-enrichment in online poll on Iran’s national TV’s website.

News from Iran – Week 22 – 2012

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News of the Prisoners

A- Transfers

  • Ebrahim Babaei transferred to hospital.
  • Imprisoned opposition cleric Ayatollah Kazemini Boroujerdi hospitalized.
  • Participation Front member Mehdi Eghbal has been released on medical furlough.
  • Political prisoner Mohamadreza Motamednia was taken to Modarres hospital and returned to Evin after treatment.
  • Reza Sharifi Bokani transferred to solitary confinement in Rajaei Shahr Prison.
  • Illegal transfer of Sharokh Zamani, Workers’ rights activist, to Yazd prison


B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Baha’i Atefeh Anvari was arrested in Isfahan.
  • Journalist Farshad Aswad arrested on his way out of the country.
  • Mohammad Ilkhanizadeh Tehran University student sentenced to 3 months prison and 74 lashes.
  • Zeynab Jafarzadeh, a student at the Teachers Seminar in Tehran, was arrested in the student dormitory and transferred to Evin Prison.
  • Baha’i Mahnaz Jan-Tasar was arrested in a raid of her home in Bandar Abbas.
  • Extension of medical furlough denied for Mahboubeh Karami, she is back to Evin.
  • Zahra Khodabakhsh, daughter of Shargh newspaper investor, detained.
  • Basimeh Kamjoo, teacher,  arrested in Fasham.
  • Mojtaba Karimi, Mohammad Moradi, and Erfan Mohammad arrested in Esfahan for distributing Kebrit, a forbidden student newspaper.
  • Journalist Sam Mahmoudi recalled to prison.
  • Manizheh Najm Araghi, writer, translator and secretary of the Writers Association, arrested.
  • Baha’i Zhinous Nourani begins serving her one year sentence in Semnan.
  • Baha’i Rofia Bidaghi begins serving her one year sentence in Semnan
  • Mohammad Rezaei, member of National-Religious party entered prison to serve his sentence.
  • Sadaf Sabetian Baha’i, arrested and sent to Evin to serve her 2 years sentence.
  • Behnam Sheikhi arrested again and sent to Intelligence detention center in Tabriz.
  • Number of Christian citizens, affiliated to “Church of Iran”, arrested in Karaj.


C-Liberations

  • Mohammad Ahadi released on bail from Tabriz prison after 4 months + 6 days.
  • Gholamhossein Azari Najababadi was released after completing his one year sentence; he was arrested during 25 Bahman (2/14/2011) protest for carrying a green flag.
  • Mehdi Forouzandeh Pour head of Mousavi office released from prison today at the end of his sentence.
  • Mehrdad Karami was released from Tabriz prison after 5 months incarceration
  • Vahid Lalipour, Mahdieh Golroo’s spouse, freed at the end of his sentence.
  • Atefeh Nabavi released from prison
  • Banned from education, Baha’i Sama Nourani was released after completing her 1 year sentence.
  • Ebrahim Rashidi was released on bail from Tabriz prison after 4 months incarceration
  • Banned from education student activist Kaveh Rezaei Shiraz has been released on furlough.
  • Rouzbeh Saadati released on bail from Tabriz prison after 4 months + 6 days.
  • Davoud Soleimani, member of Participation Front central council, freed from prison at the end of his sentence.


D-Other News

  • Arash Sadeghi began a hunger strike to support fellow-prisoner Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki.
  • Tuesday afternoon, Evin Ward 350 was raided by security forces. Political prisoners protested by chants of Ya Hossein Mir Hossein.


News of injustice in Iran

  • Sonia Ahmadi, Baha’i, sentenced by appeals to 5 years in jail.
  • Omid Firouzian, Baha’i; has been sentenced to 4 years + 6 months by lower court in Semnan.
  • Nourah Nabilzadeh Baha’i, sentenced by appeals to 5 years in jail.
  • Baha’i Pouya Tabianian has been sentenced to 6 years + 6 months by a court in Semnan.
  • Sina Zahiri sentenced to two years in prison.
  • One execution in Evin on Wednesday morning.
  • Eight people executed in Urmia prison on Thursday.

University – Culture

  • Shahre Ketab (Book City) in Boustan shopping center has been shut down.
  • Rudehen University has now been sexually segregated.
  • Turkish poetry night ceremony by Azeri students at Tehran University, cancelled.
  • Journalism scrapped from top university.
  • Foad Shams has been banned from continuing his university education.
  • Jackson Pollock painting back in Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts after a row with Iran’s customs service over unpaid debt was resolved.
  • Student activist Reza Arab suspended from Mazandaran University.
  • Mehdi Jamalvand suspended from Hamedan University.
  • 40 students summoned by Beheshti University Disciplinary Committee.
  • Babak Maghazei becomes a starred student*.
  • Jabar Dastbaz suspended from Saghez university.
  • House of Cinema permanently shut down.

* “starred students” are discriminated against and prevented from continuing their education


Protests

  • Kiosk venders in Tabriz have had a protest gathering in front of the city hall protesting the actions of the Urban Squares Organization.
  • Students at Tabriz University protest the Internet cuts/interruption to services.
  • In reported clashes in Ilam, 5 military officers are siad to have been killed and 10′s of protesters arrested.


Economy in Iran

  • $1 = 1780 tomans on Saturday, 1732 tomans on Monday.
  • Abhar Steel Factory has been closed.
  • Workers of Iran Barak have not been paid for 7 months.
  • Workers of Parris factory in Sanandaj have not been paid for a year.
  • Iran cancels $2 billion dam contract with China.
  • 80 tires factory workers laid off.


Iran  abroad

  • British Foreign Secretary W. Hague condemns violence against Ahwazi Arab Protesters.
  • IRGC Commander: Iran’s Qods force has significant presence in Syria.
  • Iran targeted by ‘Flame’ espionage virus ‘The virus could only have been created by a state’.
  • Vice president Mohammad Reza Rahimi visits Kenya.
  • 10 Iranians have been executed in Saudi Arabia. Iran summoned the Saudi ambassador to hand a note of complaint.
  • At the end of the 9th Conference for Economic Cooperation between Iran and Tajikistan in Tehran, five Memorandums of Understanding were signed.


Politics in Iran

  • ‘Bakhtiar’ dam is given to IRGC’s Khatem-Al-Anbia. [See also cancelled China project above]
  • Ali Larijani elected president of the parliament.
  • Security forces shut down the international agriculture and food exhibition in Tehran as some booth owners were in violation of Islamic dress code.
  • Iranian police restrict sale of neckties.


Miscellaneous

  • Iran, number one in opium usage in the world.
  • 62% of Iranian Olympiad winners immigrate.
  • Dust clouds appears again over Tehran.
  • Research found 5.4% of child labourers and streets kids in Iran have AIDS.
  • Launch of temporary marriage centers in Tehran.
  • Trojan targets Iranian and Syrian dissidents via proxy tool.
  • 25% of Iran’s population suffers from Psychiatric problems.


News from Iran – Week 21 – 2012

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News of the Prisoners

A- Transfers

  • Mousavi’s senior adviser Ali Reza Beheshti Shirazi transferred to hospital.
  • National-Religious activist Masoud Pedram has been transferred back to Ward 350 from Ward 2-A solitary.


B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Rastin Aalemi, student in Mazandaran University arrested.
  • Sholeh Afshari, Baha’i, arrested in Isfahan.
  • Ali Aghazadeh, merchant in Tabriz bazar, arrested.
  • Hossein Ahmadian arrested in Maragheh.
  • Mostafa Avazpour, arrested in Tabriz for protesting against Lake Urmiah drying up.
  • Mohammad Eskandarzadeh arrested in Tabriz for protesting against Lake Urmiah drying up.
  • Bahram Ferdosian, Baha’i, arrested in Isfahan.
  • Abolfazl Garamani, student in Mazandaran University arrested.
  • Mehran Keshavarz, Sepah soldier, arrested in Urmiah for protesting against lake drying up.
  • Pouria Khaleghi, student in Mazandaran University arrested.
  • Rouhollah Khani arrested in Urmiah for protesting against lake drying up.
  • Askar Khaniari arrested in Urmiah for protesting against lake drying up.
  • Hasan Mirzakhani arrested in Tabriz for protesting against Lake Urmiah drying up.
  • Akbar Mohajeri arrested in Tabriz for protesting against Lake Urmiah drying up.
  • Hamid Noghoudi arrested in Urmiah for protesting against Lake Urmiah drying up.
  • Ghader Norouzi arrested in Tabriz for protesting against lake drying up.
  • Esrafil Omidi, student in Shahid Beheshti University, arrested in Urmiah for protesting against lake drying up.
  • Mana Pirali, Baha’i, arrested in Isfahan.
  • Mehrdad Raha arrested in Urmiah for protesting against lake drying up.
  • Mobin Rastemian student in Mazandaran University arrested
  • Fariborz Reisdana, economist, member of Iran Writers Association, arrested to serve out a 1-year prison term.
  • Azam Tabibi, Baha’i, arrested in Isfahan.
  • Afsaneh Toghi arrested inside Tabriz University for protesting against Lake Urmiah drying up.
  • Arrests at a private party (9 men + 6 women) where alcohol was served.
  • Tens of people arrested in East and West Azarbaijan for protesting the drying up of Lake Urmiah.

C-Liberations

  • Clergy/blogger Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour ended his hunger strike after being granted furlough.
  • Journalist Rahman Bouzari was transferred to Evin prison on Saturday to start serving his 2 years sentence.
  • Mahdieh Golroo, student activist, was released at the end of her sentence.
  • Women’s rights activist Mahboobeh Karami was released on bail a little while ago. She’d been detained since May 15 last year.
  • Teachers Trade unionist Ali Poursoleiman was released after completing his one year sentence.
  • Author and literary translator Mohammad Soleimaninia has been released on bail.


D-Other News

  • Mohammad Sedigh Kaboudvand has been on hunger strike since May 4th.
  • Iran to retry Kurdish Moradi brothers sentenced to death.
  • Mohammad Reza Motamednia has ended his hunger strike after 42 days.
  • Political prisoner Mansour Radpour has died in custody in Rejaei Shahr prison.
  • Imprisoned blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has started a hunger strike.
  • Prison officials recently admitted to using trained dogs to attack prisoners as a punishment.


News of injustice in Iran

  • Mostafa Armin, Kurdish activist, sentenced to 15.5 years in prison + exile for Moharebeh.
  • Nioosha Badi Sabet, Baha’i, sentenced to 1 year in prison + 1 year suspended.
  • Saeed Derayat, Kurdish activist, sentenced to 4 years in prison.
  • Ali Divsalar, Baha’i, sentenced to 2 years in prison + 2 years suspended.
  • Anisa Fanaian, Baha’i sentenced to 4 years and 4 months..
  • Abolfazl Ghadiani sentenced to one extra year in prison for writing to Khamenei.
  • Court of Appeals upheld 3 1/2 years in prison+70 lashes for Mashhad Ferdowsi University student Mohammad Ghafarian.
  • Solmaz Ghasemi, Baha’i, sentenced to 1 year in prison + 1 year suspended.
  • Sarah Haj Ebrahimi Baha’i, sentenced to 2 years in prison + 2 years suspended.
  • Mousa Hatefi, Kurdish activist, sentenced to 7 years in prison.
  • Reza Jolodarzadeh Editor-in-Chief of banned weekly Sobhe Azadi has been sentenced to 1 year in prison.
  • Sabah Khaiat sentenced to 6 years by Appeals.
  • Ali Marhamati, Kurdish activist, sentenced to 4 years in prison.
  • Shamis Nourani, Baha’i, sentenced to 1 year in prison + 1 year suspended.
  • No one found guilty for the 4 death of Hoda Saber (political prisoner died after 9-days hunger strike) and Haleh Sahabi (died at father funeral) Prosecutor.
  • Amir Seif sentenced to 5 years + 74 lashes on anti-national security acts by participating in protests and insulting officials.
  • Two people executed in Esfahan on Saturday.
  • Seven people executed in Lakan prison in Rasht on Sunday.
  • 14 people hanged on Monday of which two men in Sanandaj, one man in Sari and one in Kermanshah.
  • Man convicted of alcohol consumption was lashed in public in Mianeh.
  • 3 people were hanged in Adelabad prison in Shiraz on Tuesday.
  • A man received 74 lashes in public in Dashte Azadegan in Khozestan province
  • One pubic hanging in Ilam on Thursday.


University – Culture

  • Education Ministry is cooperating with theological seminaries to produce elementary school textbooks.
  • Members of music group [rap band ] “vibrations” were arrested in Mahabad.
  • Reuters Bureau Chief in Tehran, Parisa Hafezi ‏has been banned from leaving Iran.
  • 9 internet cafes shut down due to using proxy filters.
  • Asghar Farhadi received EU Media prize in Cannes – he will direct his next film in France.
  • Iran’s Abbas Kiarostami relocates to Japan for Cannes entry ‘Like Someone in Love’.
  • Iran to issue media licenses to foreign media from Latin America and “Islamic Awakening” countries.
  • The Elamite rock bas-relief of Kurangun in the Baba Meydan region of Fars Province, faces destruction.
  • Shiraz Payamnour University English language and literature student Yekta Fahandezh has been expelled for being of Baha’i faith.


Protests

  • Protests in Urmiah on Monday against drying up of the Lake.
  • Preschool teachers protest in front of Parliament.
  • Clandestine Gay Rights Rally in Tehran.


Economy in Iran

  • Water bills to rise 20%.
  • $1 = 1700 tomans.
  • South Korea’s largest oil refiner SK Energy will stop Iranian crude imports from July.
  • 800 Metro workers have not been paid for five months in Ahvaz.
  • Iranian oil exports to China down by 23% in April compared to last year.
  • Iran plans a new oil terminal outside the Strait of Hormuz to protect its exports.
  • Hundreds of brick making factories closed down; thousands of seasonal workers unemployed in Kermanshah.
  • Fire erupts in petrochemical plant in Khuzestan province.
  • Iran to export oil products to Ecuador.


Iran  abroad

  • FM Ali Akbar Salehi left for Kuwait on Sunday.
  • Iran calls back ambassador from Azerbaijan.
  • Three Iranian truck drivers were abducted in Syria.
  • Hojjat 0l-Eslam Mohammad Mohammadi, the Supreme Leader’s representative and head of the Islamic Charities Organization, met with Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah.
  • Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Saeed Jalili met with Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki and President Jalal Talabani.
  • Ahmadinejad meets with Sudan’s presidential adviser.
  • Ahmadinejad invites Syria’s Assad, to visit Tehran to take part in a meeting of Non-Aligned Movement.
  • Iran and Afghanistan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation on an anti-narcotics campaign.
  • There are currently 5,700 Iranians registered as refugees or asylum seekers in Turkey.


Politics in Iran

  • Iranian diplomat accused of child molestation in Brazil fired from Foreign Ministry.
  • Former deputy head of the Central Bank accused in fraud case attends government meetings.
  • Deal signed to split oil revenue between outlets of IRGC and Basij militia.


Miscellaneous

  • Iranians buying oxygen tanks to escape Tehran’s polluted air: 5 minutes of oxygen, for $3.
  • Landmine explosion kills two.
  • Bodies of 98 Iranians and 13 Iraqis killed during 1980-1988 war returned to their native countries on Monday.