News from Iran – Week 44 – 2012


Prisoners’ News

A- Transfers

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was taken to hospital in poor condition and returned to prison after being checked by doctors.


B- Arrests/Incarcerations

Alireza Almasian, religious dissident, arrested in Karaj and sent to Evin 2009.

Akbar Amini arrested during raid against Pen Club.

Dari Amri, Baha’i from Mashhad, begins serving his 6 months sentence.

Satar Beheshti arrested in Robat Karim.

Erfan Ehsani, Baha’i from Semnan, begins serving his 1 year sentence

Peyman Fattahi, religious dissident, arrested in Karaj and sent to Evin 2009.

Shirin Foroughian, Baha’i from Sari, arrested at home without warrant.

Mahdieh Golroo arrested during the raid of the Pen society has been released.

Dr. Mehdi Khazali arrested in the raid of the Pen Society meeting is in Evin 209 and has launched a dry hunger strike.

Abdolnaser Mahimani back to Amir Abad prison in Gorgan.

Despite suffering from epilepsy, 60 years old Zahra Mansouri summoned and imprisoned to enforce her 2 years sentence.

Morteza Rasoulian, religious dissident, arrested in Karaj and sent to Evin 2009.

Iran Freedom Movement supporter Masoud Sadeghi sentenced to 6 years + 74 lashes reported to Evin to start serving sentence.

Dr. Ghasem Sholeh Saadi arrested during the raid of the Pen society has been released.

Four people arrested in Sirjan for ‘insulting officials’ on Facebook.

Members of an underground music group called 3Band have been arrested.



Houshmand Dehghan, Soudabeh Mehdinezhad, Mitra Nouri, Shiva Rouhani (Mohiti), Parivash Shojaei (Fanaian), Baha’is from Gorgan, released on bail.

General Secretary of Participation Front, Mohsen Mirdamadi released on 2 days furlough.

D-Other News

Image: Radio Zamaneh

9 female inmates of Evin prison who are all either political prisoners or prisoners of conscience, Mahsa Amrabadi, Zhila Baniyagoub, Nazanin Daihimi,  Bahareh Hedayat, Zhila Karamzadeh, Shiva Nazarahari, Hakimeh Shokri, Nasim Soltanbeigi, and Rahele Zakaei  began a  political fast to protest against prison officers who abused prisoners during physical inspection. More than 30 female inmates signed a letter of protest.

Jailed Human Rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is also holding a political fast and has reportedly been banned from visits for 3 weeks.

Imprisoned student activist Arash Sadeghi denied his mother’s commemorative ceremony; family threatened.

News of injustice in Iran

Supreme Court has upheld the death sentences of Kurdish prisoners Ali and Habib Afshari.

Farhad Sabok-Rouh, priest of Dezfool church, sentenced to 1 year in prison.

8 secret executions in Evin.

University – Culture

Iran’s National Orchestra shuts down.

69 Iranian journalists forced into exile since 2007.

Mass arrests at Tehran writers’ event; 50 released after one day, 20 remain in detention.

Fars News Agency (FNA) and Syrian News Agency (SANA) signed a memorandum of understanding on media cooperation.


Mazandaran Textile Factory Workers protest lack of pay.

Strike and Gathering of 2000 Seasonal Workers of Karoun Plantation and Industry of Shoushtar.

Workers at Khouzestan Pipe Mills demanding 37 months of unpaid wages.

Irrigation workers in Kurdistan on strike to demand wages not paid for 5 months.

Contractor employees and drivers in communications company in Hamedan Province demonstrate to protest salary cuts.

Iran Economics

218 cases of embezzlement from bank and government reported in Iran during last Persian year.

Shortage and high prices of raw materials stops mineral water plant production in Damash; 140 workers unemployed.

Foreign footballers leaving Iran due to economic sanctions.

New wave of strikes among workers at “Bandar Emam” petrochemical plant.

Manufacturing plant in Semnan shuts down; 60 workers join ranks of unemployed

62 workers from Zagros Steel Factory in Kurdistan Province laid off.

Politics in Iran

At least six Iranian Baluch illegal traders were killed by Iranian border Police.

Homa Hotel pwnership transferred to a Social Security organisation headed by Mortazavi (notorious judge with history of harsh sentences and defendant rights abuse).

Iran  abroad

Iran’s refusal to accept EU Parliament delegation’s condition of meeting film director Panahi and jailed lawyer Soutoudeh, joint winners of the EU’s Sakharov Prize,  causes them to cancel Tehran visit.

Ali Akbar Velayati dismisses reports of direct talks with U.S.

US quietly loosens sanctions on medicine sales to Iran.

Iran’s Canadian assets (including its embassy in Ottawa and cultural centre in Toronto) frozen over $13m compensation court ruling in favour of American family whose daughter died in a bomb blast.

Iran recently purchased 50,000 tons of wheat from Germany.


Gunmen kill 2 policemen in southeastern Iran near the town of Sarbaz in Sistan-Baluchistan province.

Air pollution kills 5000 Tehranis each year.




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