News from Iran – Week 51 2011


Week 51

News of the Prisoners

  • Omid Behrouzi transferred to Evin 350.
  • Mostafa Daneshjou transferred to Evin 350.
  • Reza Entesari transferred to Evin 350.
  • Amir Eslami transferred to Evin 350.
  • Afshin Karampour transferred to Evin 350.
  • Hamid Moradi transferred to Evin 350.
  • Kamran Rahimian transferred to Rejaei Shahr prison as his trial begins.
  • Farshid Yadollahi transferred to Evin 350.
  • Student activist Mazyar Yazdani has been moved to solitary confinement in Babol prison.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Former Shiraz University student activist Rouhollah Ghasemi arrested Sunday  12/18 after being summoned by Intelligence.
  • Participation Front member/journalist Amir Hossein Hajebian has been arrested.
  • Gonabadi Dervishes member Nasrollah Laleh has been arrested, his home and work place raided, items confiscated.
  • Tehran Azad Uni student activist Mohammad Hossein Mahboubian was arrested 12/17 as he was leaving the University.
  • Esmaeel Rahimi, Kurdish civic activist, arrested at home in Sarv Dasht.
  • Bastam Sarabi Kurdish civic activist, arrested at home in Sarv Dasht.
  • Man who threw shoes at Ahmadinejad arrested.

C- Liberations

  • Mohammad Alimoradi, arrested in Tabriz on 24 August, freed after serving his sentence.
  • Ahmad Alizadeh, arrested in Tabriz on 24 August, freed after serving his sentence.
  • Civil activist Rahim Bajvar has been released on bail from Marivan’s Intelligence detention center.
  • Ali Imani Gharamaleki, arrested in Tabriz on 24 August, freed after serving his sentence.
  • Farzad Mahdavi, arrested in Tabriz on 24 August, freed after serving his sentence.
  • Mohammad Mahmoudi, arrested in Tabriz on 24 August, freed after serving his sentence.
  • Jalil Milani, arrested in August during Ramadan dinner, freed from Tabriz prison.
  • Mehdi Mohajer, arrested in Tabriz on 24 August, freed after serving his sentence.
  • Ghader Noroozi, arrested in August during Ramadan dinner, freed from Tabriz prison.
  • War veteran Mohammad Reza Rajabi has been released after completing his sentence. He was arrested June 2009.
  • Yaghoob Ramezani, arrested in Tabriz on 24 August, freed after serving his sentence.
  • Student activist Arash Sadeghi has been released.
  • Yousef Salahshour, arrested in Tabriz on 24 August, freed after serving his sentence.
  • Yaser Salmani Rezaei, arrested in Tabriz on 24 August, freed after serving his sentence.
  • Fakhreddin Samimi, bahai living in Ghaemshahr freed.
  • Ali Sirnak, arrested in August during Ramadan dinner, freed from Tabriz prison.

D-Other News

  • Journalists call for the release of Hassan Fathi, arrested after giving interview to BBC Persian.
  • Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has ended his hunger strike.
  • Labor activist Reza Shahabi ended his hunger strike after 30 days on December 22nd  in hospital’s CCU .
  • Students meet with the Family of Majid Tavakoli.
  • Political prisoners in Ahvaz Karoon prison have threatened to start a hunger strike protesting their move to ward with dangerous criminals.
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News of injustice in Iran

  • Farzad Eslami sentenced to 1 additional year.
  • Mazyar Goudarzvand has been sentenced to 3 years suspended+fines.
  • Parvin Mokhareh, mother of Kouhyar Goudarzi, sentenced to 23 months in prison.
  • Esmail Salmanpour sentenced to 1 year suspended.
  • 3 prisoners executed in Arak prison for drug smuggling.
  • 1 execution in Ilam on Sunday.
  • Public flogging of people carried out in Shiraz city.
  • 1 execution in Saveh on Tuesday.

University  – Culture

  • Setareh Elyasi, WomensRights Student Activist Expelled for “Disobedience”.
  • Society for Iranian Archaeology warns of “destruction and looting” of ancient monuments and sites in Sistan and Baluchestan.
  • Tiles of the dome of historical Charbagh school in Isfahan  collapsed.
  • Tehran’s Beethoven Music Center, celebrates 58th years of existence.
  • A crack seen in bottom of the mountain called Hossein, Naghsh-e-Rostam site, necropolis of 4 Achaemenian kings.
  • International Conference on Persian Poet Rumi Kicks off in Tehran.
  • In two days; 5 old and historical houses demolished in Ahvaz city.
  • Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation nominated for 5 London Critics Circle Film Awards.
  • Iran blocks British Embassy website.
  • Security agents raid Yalda celebrations in Gorgan.

Economy in Iran

  • Iranian currency is falling down day by day.
  • CEO of Ahvaz Steel factory arrested in connection of big embezzlement.
  • Russia oil company Tatneft said he hasn’t signed agreement or contract related to work in Iran oil and gas sector.
  • Iran company Sunir awarded $72 million contract to expand plant in north Iraq.
  • US dollar trading up to 1630 tomans on the open market.
  • $9 million; Energy Ministry’s debt to the Tehran subway.
  • $50 million; deficits of public hospitals after implementation of targeted subsidy plan.
  • Iran has outlawed use of letters of credit for goods imported from #UAE as well as transactions carried out in dirhams.

Iran  abroad

  • Iran and Russia set to ink $700m oil deal.
  • Bochum City gives HumanRights award to Mrs. Khadijeh Hajidini Moghaddam!
  • Iran has released two Kuwaitis held for a month, clearing them of spying.
  • Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hosseini traveled Saturday to Algeria to attend the 7th Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers of Organization of Islamic Cooperation member states.
  • Tatarstan President visits Iran.
  • Iran wants to open a consulate in Vancouver to serve city’s Iranian-Canadian population; Canada refuses.
  • UN General Assembly has approved a resolution denouncing serious HumanRights violations in Iran.
  • Iran prohibits all business relationship between Iran and UAE until further notice.
  • Iraq’s prime minister grants six-month extension on deadline to close MEK’s camp Ashraf.
  • 5 Iranian technicians had been kidnapped in the Syrian city of Homs.
  • Foreign Affairs Advisor to the Supreme Leader met with Indian Vice-President.
  • Iran and Mauritania sign Memorandum of Understanding on expansion of mutual cooperation in the fields of health, oil, oil exploitation, agriculture, fisheries, industries, electricity, commerce and trade.
  • Switzerland freezes assets of 180 Iranian people and enterprises.

Politics in Iran

  • Iran says it has arrested a suspected American spy trying to infiltrate Iranian intelligence.
  • Green Movement Council says participation in next parliamentary elections, ‘contrary to the national interest’.
  • Regime Sells Out Parts of Iran to China!
  • In a statement; 39 Political prisoners warn over the “security” atmosphere ahead of Parliamentary elections .


  • Yazd Steel Factory blast death toll reaches 18.
  • Yemen releases 5 sailors from Iran who were illegally detained 2 years ago.
  • Schools closed in Isfahan after critical air pollution.
  • Factories around Tehran closed until Saturday after critical Air Pollution.
  • Explosion in Isfahan refinery.
  • Tabriz fermé par la pollution.
  • Pollution alert in Arak.

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