News from Iran – Week 13 – 2012


News of the Prisoners


  • Peyman Aref

    Peyman Aref, student activist, transferred to Modarres hospital on day 4 of his hunger strike, handcuffed and shackled; refuses to stay in this condition and asks to be returned to Evin. He breaks hunger strike.

  • Political prisoner Mohammad Ali Velayati on day 8 of hunger strike was taken to Evin clinic.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Aydin Khajei arrested in Tabriz to serve his 6 months sentence.
  • Political prisoner Hamzeh Karami is back in Evin after one week out on furlough.
  • Sharif University student Ali Akbar Mohammadzadeh back in Evin after Norooz furlough.
  • Arrest of Ghasem Nazeri activist from Fars province.
  • National/Religious activist Masoud Pedram is back in Evin after 6 days out on furlough for Norooz.
  • Ali Asghar Seijani, Director of documentary called ‘The Reappearance is Nigh’, arrested -again.


  • Bahai poet and writer Natolli Derakshan free on bail
  • Journalist Mehdi Mahmoudian have been released on furlough.
  • Journalist Ahmad Zeidabadi has been released on furlough.

D-Other News

Masoud Bastani

Masoud Bastani

  • To mark the 999 days of imprisonment of journalist Masoud Basatani, 83 journalists published a letter in his honor.
  • Intel agents attempted arrest of newly released Behrooz Javidtehrani in a raid of his home Saturday failed. He wasn’t home.
  • Mousavi and wife still under house arrest were allowed to have a visit lasting three hours with their daughters in the presence of security forces.
  • Telephone is cut with Evin 350.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Appeals Court has sentenced Kurdish cultural activist Edris Aag to 1 year.
  • Jafar Azarnoush has been sentenced to 8 months by court in Mahabad on charges of collaboration with a banned political group.
  • Appeals Court has sentenced Kurdish cultural activist Edris Borna to 1 year
  • Gholamreza Hosseini sentenced to nine years for having contact with foreign governments.
  • Court of Appeals in West Azarbaijan has reduced sentence of cultural activist Jalal Naseri from 5 to 4 years.
  • Appeals Court has sentenced Kurdish cultural activist Naser Naseri to 1 year
  • Student activist Nima Pouryaghoub already sentenced to six years has been sentenced to 91 additional days for insulting Aytollah Sistani.
  • Court of Appeals in West Azarbaijan has reduced sentence of cultural activist Ghasem Rahimi from 8 to 4 years.

University  – Culture

  • Cyber defence will be added to the curriculum of some of universities.
  • 650 Websites Blocked in the Final Days of the Year.
  • Following hardliners’ protests; Hozeh Honari’s cinemas stop the screening of films “Guidance Patrol” and “private”.
  • Film “Chroniques d’un Iran interdit” of Manon Loizeau wins Grand prix du Festival international du grand reportage d’actualité et du documentaire de société (Figra) 2012 in Le Touquet and the Audience Award.
  • Bulldozers demolished some part of Yazd’s historical context during norouz holidays.
  • Iran suspends accreditation for Reuters in Tehran.


  • Haft-Tappeh sugar factory workers go on strike for 3 days.

Economy in Iran

  • In Iran 18% of all workers have two jobs, the share of labour from GNP is 25%.
  • Exchange rate for 1 US Dollar : 1920 Toman ; 1 Euro : 2560 Toman.
  • Iran remains one of China’s top three sources of oil.

Iran  abroad

  • 17 persons sanctioned by EU Mousa Khalil Elahi, Ali Farhadi, Reza Jafari, Toraj Kazemi, Sadeq Larijani, Ali Mirhejazi, Saeed Mortazevi, Malek Ajdar Rahimi, Gholamhossein Ramazani, Mohammad Ali Ramin, Ghodomani Razavi, Bahman Reshte Ahmadi, Ali Rezvanmanesh, Mohammad Sadeghi,Ali Saeedi, Reza Taqipour, Ezzatollah Zarghami.
  • All Turkish banks but one have stopped processing payments for Iranian customers.
  • Ahmadinejad met with his Tajik counterpart in Dushanbe.
  • Iran and Iraq close their joint border crossing for security reasons ahead of the Arab League summit in Baghdad.
  • Three mass graves found in MKO Camp Ashraf with more then 50 bodies.
  • Iran supports agreement between Kofi Anan and Damas.
  • Brazil, Russia, India, and China leaders say dialogue is only solution for Syria and Iran.
  • Immigration offices are prohibited activities in Iran.

Politics in Iran

  • Government, anticipating second phase adds 28,000 tomans (~$22) to monthly subsidies overnight but to 10% fewer households. Majlis calls the addition to the subsidies illegal, apparent violation of laws.
  • Iran building a strategic stockpile of grain in anticipation of harsher sanctions or even military conflict.
  • Premier Erdogan was received at the airport by Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi (and not by Ahmadinejad).
  • Ahmadinejad met with Syrian President’s special envoy.
  • Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Akbar Qarehbaghi member of the Assembly of Experts, passed away at 75 years old.
  • Hasan Dana’ifar, Iran’s ambassador to Iraq, will attend the Arab League summit meeting in Iraq.


  • Past National team goalkeeper is banned from exiting country and is given 54 lashes for old complaint.
  • Ship with Brazilian sugar for Iran Is hijacked.

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