News from Iran – Week 45 – 2012


Prisoners’ News

A- Transfers

Mehdi Farahi Shandiz moved to solitary confinement in Evin.

Mehdi Hashemi, son of ex-President Rafsanjani, transferred to hospital with heart problems. Family allowed to visit

Nasrin Sotoudeh, incarcerated Human Rights lawyer on hunger strike, transferred to solitary.


B- Arrests/Incarcerations

Jamal Ameli, arrested during raid of Pen Club, is still detained.

Activist Yashar Darolshafaei reported to Evin today to start serving 5.5 year prison term.

Mohsen Mirdamadi Secretary General of Participation Front returned to Evin after furlough extension was denied.

Behzad Navabi released last week on furlough to attend father-in-law’s funeral is back in IRGC solitary in Evin.



Hamid-Reza Abdollahi, blogger and translator, released on 200 million toman bail from Evin 209.

Roxana Foroughi, new Christian convert, released on $25,000 bail.

Ali Ranjbar, blogger and translator, released on 300 million toman bail from Evin 209.

Hossein Ronaghi released on furlough and has broken his hunger strike.


D-Other News

Mahsa Amrabadi ends hunger strike. She met her imprisoned husband Masoud Bastani after 80 days.

Zhila Bani Yaghoub ends hunger strike.

Sattar Beheshti, Facebook activist, dies in custody in Evin.

Nazanin Deyhimi ends hunger strike.

Bahareh Hedayat ends hunger strike.

Human Rights activist Mahboubeh Karami joined the other 9 political prisoners on hunger strike; stopped 2 days later.

Zhila Karamzadeh Makvandi ends hunger strike.

Shiva Nazar Ahari ends hunger strike.

Imprisoned blogger, Human Rights activist Hossein Ronaghi has started hunger strike.

Hakimeh Shokri ends hunger strike.

Nasim Soltan Beigi ends hunger strike.

Raheleh Zakaei ends hunger strike.

News of injustice in Iran

Ali Borna, Kurdish activist, sentenced to 3 years by Appeals.

Osman Ghadernezhad, Kurdish activist, sentenced to 3 years by Appeals.

Davar Hosseini Vojdan, leftist student activist, sentenced to 6 years in prison.

Samkou Osmani, Kurdish activist, sentenced to 1.5 years by Appeals.

Soleiman Rahimzadeh, Kurdish activist, sentenced to 4 years by Appeals.

Reza Shahabi’s sentence reduced to 4 years + fine.

Anwar and Mohammad Yaziddoost, Kurdish activists, sentenced to 2 years each by Appeals

Kurdish activist Obeid Zarei fined 20 million Rials in lieu of imprisonment on charges of anti-national security act.

Leaked report of 4 women stoned to death.

On Wednesday 10 people hanged in Tehran, 3 in public in Shiraz and one in Sarand.

7 executions on Thursday.

5 people publicly hanged in Shiraz on Friday, 2 inside prison.

University – Culture

The National Union of Bar Association offices have been ordered closed by Judiciary order for illegal activities

Baha’i student Farid Mohammadzadeh deprived of undergraduate studies.

Nedaii Gross, a Kurdish weekly from Sanandaj, was suspended.

Islamic Association of Students’ of Semnan University has been suspended.

Iran Economics

Housing prices in Iran have gone up by 30% in the past month.

War Economy: Iran freezes import of 77 sorts of goods seen as “luxury”.

Politics in Iran

Iranian war planes fire at an American drone américain over Gulf.

National security commission may investigate death in custody of Sattar Beheshti.

Iran  abroad

Iran seized Saudi fishing vessel.


51 people injured as a result of 5.1 magnitude earthquake in East Azerbaijan province.



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