News from Iran – Week 21 – 2013


Prisoners’ News


  • Opposition religious leader Kazemeini Boroujerdi imprisoned in Evin Prison transferred to solitary confinement following his call to boycott the elections.
  • Zaniar Moradi transferred back to Rejaei Shahr right after hernia surgery, beaten upon arrival, one stitch torn, then sent to solitary.
  • Roein Otoufat transferred from solitary to Evin 350.



  • Bahman Ahmadi-Amouee has been summoned back to prison.
  • Maurice Bagheri, Hamid Hadisi, Mohammad Kabiri, Mohammad Mohseni, and Ebrahim Khosh-Sirat, members of Hashemi campaign in Lahijan, arrested.
  • Masoud Bastani, on medical furlough, has been summoned back to prison.
  • Ghorban-Ali Behzadiannejad has been summoned back to prison.
  • Labour activist Behnam Ebrahimzadeh summoned to prison.
  • Khaled Hardani is on hunger strike in Rajaei Shahr to protest destruction of homes in Ahvaz.
  • Bahareh Hedayat has been summoned back to prison.
  • Zhila Karamzadeh-Makvandi is back to Evin after one week on furlough.
  • Esmail Ali Mirzaei, chair of West Azarbaijan Reformist party Participation Front has been arrested.
  • Didar Raufi is back to Rajaei Shahr prison.
  • On medical furlough, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has been summoned back to prison.
  • Foad Sadeghi, editor in chief of website Bazatb arrested.
  • Hani Yazerloo begins to serve his 1 year sentence in Evin.
  • Shahrokh Zamani is on hunger strike in Rajaei Shahr to protest destruction of homes in Ahvaz.
  • Ahmad Zeidabadi has been summoned back to prison.



  • Goudarz and Rofia Beidaghi, Baha’is from Semnan, freed at the end of their sentence.
  • Hamed Mahmoudnejad, workers’ rights activist, released on 50 million toman bail.
  • Akram-Alsadat Sanjari released on 50 million tomans bail.
  • Milad Yazdannejad released on 50 million tomans bail.


Other News

  • Dr Mehdi Khazali breaks his hunger strike.
  • Mostafa Mesri, Kurdish political activist begins hunger strike and sews his lips.


News of injustice in Iran

  • Farhad Fahandezh, Baha’i from Gorgan sentenced to 10 years.
  • Farahmand Sanaei, Kamal Kashani, Kourosh Ziari, Payam Markazi, and Siamak Sadri, Baha’i from Gorgan, each sentenced to 5 years.
  • Navid Khanjani sentenced to 5 extra months in prison because of earthquake aid camp.
  • Sentence of 2 years upheld by Appeals for Gonabadi dervish Ali Moazzami.
  • Mohammad Bagher Moradi who was arrested on raid of Saraye Ahl-e Ghalam sentenced to 5 years in prison.
  • Amanollah Mostaghim begins serving his 5 years sentence in Evin.
  • Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki sentenced to 5 extra months in prison because of earthquake aid camp.
  • One hanging in Koramabad on Sunday.
  • Two hangings in Tehran on Sunday.
  • One female prisoner hanged in Varamin prison.
  • Lashing sentence executed in public in Borazjan.


University – Culture

  • Security forces confiscated satellite dishes in an extensive 2-day operation in Golestan.
  • Removal of women’s studies at Tehran University.
  • 3 internet cafes were closed by Fattah police at Bojnourd.
  • Website of Mardomsalari newspaper filtered.
  • Pro- Rafsanjani and Hassan Rohani news site, Aftab news, has been filtered.
  • Website of Bahar Newspaper – close to reformist- filtered
  • 100 billion tomans of the 136 billion tomans allotted for student loans were eliminated.
  • Banned Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof to attend Cannes Film Festival.



  • Students in Tabriz Azad University and Urmia University protest against change of schedule for exams to have Universities closed during elections.
  • 1,200 common law prisoners on hunger strike in Ghezel Hesar prison.


Iran abroad

  • Iran and Turkey’s Foreign Ministers met in Ankara on Thursday
  • Iran dispatched one of its newest warships to shadow the world’s biggest mine-hunting exercise taking place in the Gulf.


Iran Economics

  • 68% drop in car imports to Iran.


Iran Politics

  • Iran religious centers, Howzehs (religious facilities) exempted from paying electricity, water, other related charges.
  • 40 Majlis members express support of Rafsanjani’s candidacy.
  • National Reformist Youth Headquarter [pro-Khatami support Rafsanjani] suspended in Tehran and other cities.
  • 8 approved candidates : Saeed Jalili – Ghorban-Ali Hadad-Adel – Mohsen Rezai – Hasan Rohani – Mohammad-Reza Aref – Seyed Mohammad Gharazi – Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf – Ali-Akbar Velayati.
  • Live debates for Iran presidential election campaign cancelled.



  • Accident at Tehran’s oil refinery / One engineer was killed.
  • Professor Parvaneh Vosough, Angel of Iran’s Cancer Children, Passes Away
  • An earthquake measuring 5.7- magnitude on the Richter scale hit Goharan in southern Hormozgan province on Saturday at 14:33 local time
  • The Guardian newspaper featured an interactive report on 870 prisoners in Iran on its website, using details from the Iran Prisoner List.


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