News from Iran Week 03 – 2012


News of the Prisoners


  • Ali Afshari transferred to clinic in Urmiah prison.
  • Razgar Afshari transferred to quarantine in Urmiah prison.
  • Blogger and war veteran Davoud Bahmanabadi has been moved to Sepah ward 2-A solitary.
  • Keyvan Davoodi transferred to quarantine in Urmiah prison.
  • Blogger human rights activist Hossein Ronaghi has been hospitalized once again.
  • Isa Saharkhiz has been returned to prison from hospital before completing treatment.

    Issa Saharkhiz (عیسی سحرخیز), the Iranian poli...

    Isa Saharkhiz. Image via Wikipedia

  • Arash Honarvar Shojaei was taken to Evin clinic on his 8th day of hunger strike due to poor health.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Saeed Abootarab briefly arrested in Ispahan.
  • Medical furlough extension was denied for Reformist Feyzollah Arabsorkhi. He is back in Evin after 3days out.
  • Journalist Sahamedin Bourghani was arrested in a raid of his home.
  • Parastou Dokouhaki, journalist, researcher and translator, arrested at home in Tehran.
  • Mehdi Farahi Shandiz, teacher and worker activist is transferred to Evin to serve 3 year sentence.
  • Mohammad Jarahi, Azeri workers’ rights activist, arrested to serve his sentence.
  • Foad Khanjani, baha’i student activist, begins serving his sentence in Evin.
  • Dana Lanj Abadi Kurdish student activist, summoned to intelligence headquarters in Marivan and arrested.
  • Peyman Pakmehr, journalist from Tabriz is arrested and transferred to Evin prison.
  • Nima Pouryaghoub, Azeri student activist, arrested to serve his sentence.
  • Journalist Marzieh Rasouli was arrested in a raid of her home.
  • Arash Sadeghi rearrested one month after his liberation.
  • Jiar Salamatian Kurdish student activist, summoned to intelligence headquarters in Marivan and arrested.
  • Mohammad Soleimaninia, translator, has been arrested .
  • Sassan Vahebivash, Azeri student activist, arrested to serve his sentence.
  • Sharokh Zamani, Azeri workers’ rights activist, arrested at his work place to serve his sentence.
  • 10 partygoers, 9 men and one woman, arrested in Mashhad.

. C-Releases

D-Other News

  • Cleric blogger Mohammad Sadegh Honavar Shojaei has ended his hunger strike after 9 days.
  • Recently released political prisoner Hashem Khastar and his wife have been summoned to court in Mashhad.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Ali and Habib Afshari, Kurdish activists, sentenced to death.
  • Fatemeh Arabsorkhi, daughter of imprisoned ReformistFayzollah Arabsorkhi has been sentenced to 6 months suspended for 5 years .
  • Ahmadinejad adviser & CEO of IRNA, Ali Akbar Javanfekr, sentenced to 1 year in prison in preliminary court.
  • Parisa Kakaei sentence of 6 years prison confirmed by appeals.
  • Iran Freedom Movement member Amir Khoram already sentenced to 6 yrs has been sentenced to additional 2 years.
  • Supreme Court has upheld death sentence of Saeed Malekpourwithout the knowledge of Supreme Court justices.
  • Court of Appeals has upheld the 3 years sentence of blogger and women’s rights activist Fereshteh Shirazi.
  • 12 executions in Shiraz on Sunday 5 of them in public.
  • One public execution in Kerman on Thursday.

University  – Culture

  • A separation directed by Asghar Farhadi wins best foreign film in golden globes.
  • Iran to use different textbooks for education of girls & boys in its schools.
  • US dollar trading at 1665 tomans on the open market in Iran Monday Jan 16.
  • Asieh Amini wins prize of International Pen Club.

Economy in Iran

  • Iran plans to issue $1 billion in bonds at 21-percent profit rate.
  • 1$ = 1650 tomans on Monday.
  • Iran does not agree to reduce price on gas supplied to Turkey.
  • 8th International Kish Energy Exhibition opens with participation of firms from China, Turkey, Netherlands, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Azerbaijan Republic, Japan, Malaysia, Finland, Austria, UAE, Spain, Germany and Belgium.
  • All new employees in government offices must pass a course in the Koran.
  • Iran claims to have closed dozens of shops selling Barbie dolls.


  • More than 1000 workers on strike in Karoon factory in Sooshtar.

Iran  abroad

  • Iranian FM visits Turkey.
  • Ahmadinejad meets with Ecuadorian president.
  • Iranian-built cement factory “Cerro Azul” in Venezuela to be launched on March 2012.
  • Ali Akbar Salehi, foreign minister, in Turkey.
  • Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister visited South Lebanon.
  • Iraqi Oil Minister to visit Iran today.
  • Syria’s Special Guards for the president are trained in Iran.
  • Iran’s Press TV has had its broadcasting licence in the UK revoked

Politics in Iran

  • Former IRGC Commander Alaei compares Khamenei to Shah and infuriates regime; protests are organized in front of his home.
  • In a reversal, State Dept. of Iran has approved candidacy of Motahari, Katouzian, and Abbaspour.


  • 230 Iranian dissidents ‘strongly’ condemn nuclear worker’s assassination.
  • US Navy Rescues third Iran Crew.
  • Was she ‘executed’? Iranian student activist Gelareh Bagherzadeh, 30, found shot dead in her car near her Texas home.
  • A strong earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale hit northeastern Iran on Thursday, injuring at least 100 people.
  • The Head of UAE Security told delegates at a regional security conference not to allow the US to push Arab states into conflict with Iran

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