News from Iran – Week 31 – 2013


Prisoners’ News


  • Human Rights activist Abolfazl Abedini transferred from Evin to Ahvaz Karoun prison; he begins a hunger strike.
  • Majid Dori transferred from Behbahan to Karoun prison in Ahvaz.
  • Ayoub Porkar transferred from Behbahan to Karoun prison in Ahvaz.
  • Mahmoud Fazli transferred to prison clinic.
  • Shahram Radmehr transferred to prison clinic.
  • Sick political prisoner Mashallah Haeri transferred to Rajaei Shahr prison.
  • Mehdi Karroubi back under house arrest following medical tests at Tehran Heart Center.



  • Mamousta Mohammad Baraei is back in Rejaei Shahr at the end of 10 days furlough.
  • Journalist Masoud Bastani returned to prison after furlough.
  • Behnam Eghdamian, Baha’i, arrested in Ghorveh and transferred to Sanandaj.
  • Vahid Rouh-Bakhsh protester of 2009 Presidential Election arrested to serve his 18 month sentence.
  • Student activist Maryam Shafeepour summoned to Court in Evin, arrested and transferred to solitary.



  • Journalist Fariba Pazhouh released on bail.
  • Baha’i citizen Samim Zarei from Sanandaj released on bail.



News of injustice in Iran

  • Supreme Court overturns sentences of execution of Shahram Ahmadi, Mohammad Gharibi, Faramarz Shah-Nazari, Omid Peyvand, Pouria Mohammadi, Bahman, Mohammad-Yavar and Mokhtar Rahimi, all Sunni Muslims jailed in Rejaei Shahr
  • Christian Convert Mostafa Bordbar sentenced to 10 years in prison.
  • One execution in Miandoab.
  • Hand amputation sentence confirmed for alleged robber in Abadan.


University – Culture

  • Tehran Police have shut down 67 internet cafes, citing various violations of city regulations.
  • Abadan Book Fair closed down by authorities.
  • Science Ministry blacklists 251 foreign publications.
  • Google disables Iran’s Press TV YouTube account.
  • Makhmalbaf wins another award for The Gardener.
  • Asghar Farhadi’s acclaimed film “The Past” to open Cairo film festival.
  • Iran’s average Internet speed (3.2 MB/s) was the slowest in the world for the first quarter of the current year.



  • Mohammad Ghanbari, a member of Ahl-e Haqq, set himself on fire in front of the Islamic Parliament.
  • 500 Workers of Haft-Tapeh Sugar Cane Factory on strike.
  • Strike at Mehvarsazan Company in South Pars.


Iran abroad

  • Iran grants Syria $3.6 billion credit facility to buy oil products.
  • US House passes Iran sanctions bill to slash oil exports.
  • Somalia’s Puntland State releases 78 Iranian sailors.


Iran Economics

  • Closing of 195 mushroom production units: 80,000 workers unemployed in a year.
  • Medical drug imports stuck in customs limbo.


Iran Politics

  • Authorities stop Ghadr Night Ceremony.
  • Ali Najafi said that he has been confirmed as the Education Minister in the coming cabinet.
  • Iran Supreme Leader rejects Rohani cabinet.



  • Drug addiction is the second leading cause of death in Iran.


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