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.


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