News from Iran – Week 22 – 2013


Prisoners’ News


  • Maurice Bagheri, Hamid Hadisi and Ebrahim Khosh-Sirat were transferred to Rasht prison.

  • Amanollah Mostaghim transferred to Rejaie Shahr.



  • Zahra (Mahboubeh) Mansouri returned to Evin in the middle of her chemotherapy.

  • Mehdi Nouri, arrested again last week, calls his family to advise he is in Tabriz prison.

  • Green Movement activist Ashkan Zahebian has been re-arrested in Babol.


Other News

  • Dr. Mehdi Khazali begins a new hunger strike in Evin 209.

  • 2,100 prisoners end hunger strike in Ghezel Hesar prison.


News of injustice in Iran

  • 5 years imprisonment for Mahmoud Beheshti the former spokesperson of Iran Teachers Union.

  • Hamid Eslami, Baha’i from Shiraz, sentenced to 3 years in prison.

  • Nava Khalousi, Baha’i from Mashhad, sentenced to 4.5 years in prison.

  • Nika Khalousi, Baha’i from Mashhad, sentenced to 6 years in prison.

  • Mahsa Mahdavi, Baha’i from Mashhad, sentenced to 8 months in prison.

  • Adib Shoaei, Baha’i from Mashhad, sentenced to 18 months in prison.

  • Kaveh Taheri sentenced to 3 years in prison + 50 million toman fine.

  • Rahman Vafaei, Baha’i from Shiraz, sentenced to 3 years in prison.

  • 1 Afghan and one Iranian hanged in Rajaei Shahr on Thursday.


University – Culture

  • Chicago film student Anahita Ghazvinizadeh wins Cannes prize.

  • Internet at Qazvin University cut off.



  • Shortages of flour and bread in Ardebil and Khuzestan trigger public protests in both provinces.

  • Tehran metal market businesses announce another strike in protest over VAT and fluctuations in dollar values.


Iran abroad

  • Iran grants Syria $7 billion loan

  • Canada bans all imports, exports, with latest Iran sanctions.

  • U.S. blacklisted eight companies in Iran’s petrochemical industry.

  • Jahanbakhsh Mozzafari named new ambassador to Italy.


Iran Economics

  • Armenia cites high price as reason for stopping import of Iranian gas.

  • Japan’s crude imports from Iran slumped 96 %.

  • Iran Central Bank reported 30.8% inflation in the past year

  • One of Iran’s petrochemical companies files lawsuit in international court against Turkish company Next Chemicals for non-payment of debts.


Iran Politics

  • Ali Larijani appointed Majlis Chairman for the sixth consecutive year.

  • After first presidential debate on Iranian TV, in an Isna Poll Aref 43%, Rouhani 17%, Qalibaf 13%, Rezaei 11, Jalili 6, Velayati 3, and Haddad Adel: 0,4 %.



  • Guardian launches an interactive feature based on our database of Iran’s prisoners of conscience.

  • Karim Lahiji becomes president of FIDH.


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