News from Iran – Week 46 2011

Prisoners’ News

  • Habib Afshari, Kurdish Human Rights activist, transferred from Urmiah prison to Mahabad one.
  • Hamid Reza Moradi, Gonabadi dervish, transferred from solitary to Evin 209.
  • Ali Rashidi transferred to Evin 350.
  • Reza Shahabi, Workers’ Rights activist, transferred to hospital on Thursday.


B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Hassan Fatehi, journalist accused of collaboration with BBC, arrested.
  • Mehdi Ghanbari, Gonabadi dervish, arrested at his work place in Khavar.
  • Akbar Gooyali, Kurdish previous political prisoner, was arrested on 23rd of October in Sanandaj.
  • Anouar Moslemi, bahai, arrested to serve his 1 year sentence.
  • Hossein Najafi, political and student activist, arrested in Shiraz.
  • Ali Nejati, Workers’ Rights activist, arrested on Saturday.
  • Masoud Pedram, member of National Religious Party, arrested on Saturday morning.
  • Kamran Rahimi, Kurdish environmentalist, arrested on the 23rd of October in Sanandaj.
  • Foad Sojoudi Farimani arrested and sent to Evin to serve his 8 years in prison sentence.
  • Dr Masoud Sepehr, member or Islamic Revolution Mojahedins arrested on Thursday at home.
  • Arman Zamani, member  of Democratic Alliance of Kurdish students, arrested in Sanandaj.


C- Liberations

  • Asad Bagheri, Kudish student, released on bail.
  • Mehdi Mahmoudian on medical leave for surgery.
  • Ayat Niafar, Workers’ Rights activist, on temporary leave.
  • Ramin Parchami, film maker, on temporary leave since Saturday.


D-Other News

  • Singer Arya Aramnejad banned from visits and detained in solitary.
  • Hossein Ronaghi Maleki (@Khorramdin) sent to hospital for tests and returned to Evin on the same day despite his physical condition.
  • During their first visit with their families after 75 days, Gonabadi dervishes Amir Eslami and Hamid Moradiwere showing evident traces of torture on their hands and arms.
  • New attacks against prisoners in unit of Rejaei Shahr.
  • Political prisoners in Tabriz write to Ahmad Shahid.
  • Around 900 prisoners receive grace for Eid.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Maryam Amini, Kurdish activist sentenced to 1 year in prison.
  • Ezzedin Heidari, Kurdish activist sentenced to 1 year in prison.
  • Sajad Jahanfar, Kurdish activist sentenced to 1 year in prison.
  • Jjamal Khani, Kurdish activist sentenced to 2 years in prison.
  • Maziar Mohammadi, Kurdish activist sentenced to 1 year in prison.
  • Naeem Najafi, Kurdish activist sentenced to 4 years in prison.
  • Abolfattah Soltani sues Larijani for erroneous accusations.
  • Farhad Vakilinia, Kurdish activist sentenced to 3 years in prison.
  • 3 executions in Gahzvin on Saturday morning.
  • 2 people sentenced to execution and 1 public hanging in Ghazvin.
  • 2 executions in Qom on Thursday.

University – Culture

  • 60 traditional cafés closed by police in Tehran.
  • Seljukid tombs destroyed by bulldozer in a Lorestan cemetery.
  • A mosque and 10 historical houses destroyed in Khuzestan.
  • The site of newspaper Mellat e Ma is blocked by authorities.
  • Main gate of Golestan palace destroyed.

Economy in Iran

  • Turkey imports 43% of its crude oil from Iran.
  • The Foundation for Underprivileged violently reacts to Parliament decision to investigate about it..
  • 2 to 3 millions banking accounts at Bank Saderat blocked.
  • 48% increase in imports from China in 6 months time.
  • United States exported $167 millions to Iran during 9 months time.
  • 30,000 retired teachers have not been paid since 8 months.


  • Musicians of Tehran Symphonic Orchestra on strike to be paid.
  • A group of teachers protest in front of Parliament.
  • Confrontation between Sunni dwellers of Gachin (Bandar Abbas suburb) and security forces who fire the crow; many are injured.

Iran abroad

  • French Foreign Affairs Minister firmly opposes any attack against Iran..
  • Ahmadinejad travels to Qatar on Tuesday for the Conference of Gas Exporting countries on Tuesday; he doesn’t attend the conference.
  • Germany exported more than euro2,5 millions to Iran during first 8 months of 2011.
  • Syrian opposition and Iranian officials meet.
  • 5 Iranians sentenced to execution for drug smuggling in United Arab Emirates.
  • Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister meets Cyprus Ambassador; Cyprus will hold the chair of European Community in 2012 and Iran is still seeking to improve relations with it.
  • Switzerland agrees on new sanctions against Iran.

Politics in Iran

  • 2 Kuwaitis arrested in Abadan on spying charges.
  • 2 Great Ayatollahs demand freedom for Mousavi and Karroubi.
  • Son of Secretary of Council, Rezaee, found dead in a hotel in Dubai after 3 days; official version is electrocution but suicide and assassination are also mentioned; he would have mentioned being followed on the streets some days before his death.


  • Blast on Saturday in a IRGC owned ammunitions depot in north-west Tehran; at least 36 dead and among them the person in charge of missiles research; Ghalibaf, Tehran mayor, implicitly admit that blast was caused by sabotage; PMOI claim to be responsible for sabotage and persistent rumours claim that Israel sent a drone to perform the blast..
  • Yadollah Sadeghi, in charge of Industrial Organisation in Tehran wounded by his deputy firing at him.
  • Iran struggling against a 3rd  virus attacking his nuclear installations

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