News from Iran – Week 33 – 2013


Prisoners’ News


  • Seyyed Sami Hosseini on hunger strike transferred to solitary.
  • Ramin Idalkhani-Azad transferred from Meshkin Shahr prison to an unknown location.
  • Death row Ahvazi prisoner Hadi Rashedi transferred to an unknown location.



  • Journalist Hamed Ataei from Urmia begins serving his sentence.
  • Javad Heidarian and Sadra Mohaghegh, journalists, among 15 people arrested during an MP’s speech, and freed within 24 hours.
  • Parham Farazmand, Mona Fazli, Sedigheh Kiani, and Sara Sardsirian, Christian converts, arrested in Tehran.
  • Diane Teimouri, Fataneh Nabilzadeh (Saraf) and Peyman Saraf, all Baha’i from Mashhad, arrested at home.
  • Hakimeh Shokri is back in Evin at the end of furlough.
  • More than 500 homeless in Tehran arrested.
  • 100 arrested for the purchase and sale of satellite receiver equipment.



  • Political prisoner Hadi Abedi Bakhoda released from Rasht prison.
  • Siamak Eighani freed at the end of his sentence.
  • Mehrdad Ahan-Khah, Amin Chalaki, Isa Khan-Hatamim, Anwar and Sirvan Hossein-Panahi, Mohsen Mohagheghin, Mohammad-Hossein Naeemipour, blogger Kaveh Taheri released on furlough.
  • Political prisoner Reza Sharifi Bukani released on furlough from Rajaei Shahr prison.


Other News

  • Maryam Akbari-Monfared, Fariba Kamal-Abadi,and Sedigheh Moradi denied visits with their children.
  • Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, jailed activist launched hunger strike.
  • Iran Trade unionist Reza Shahabi striking against medical treatment in jail.


News of injustice in Iran

  • The Supreme Court has overturned the 10 year jail sentence of political prisoner Emad Bahavar.
  • 6 people hanged in Karoon prison.


University – Culture

  • Colonel” by Iranian writer Mahmoud Dowlatabadi nominated for Swiss literary prize.



  • Zanjan protesters link cancers to factory emissions.
  • Preschool teachers gathered in front of Parliament.


Iran abroad

  • Secret uranium deal signed between Iran and Zimbabwe.
  • Some 50 Iranian embassies don’t have ambassadors.
  • Iran to attend Frankfurt International Book Fair.
  • 20 Nigerians in Iran prisons.


Iran Economics

  • Iran to increase number of airlines, international flights.


Iran Politics

  • First female appointee by Rouhani: Elham Aminzadeh has been appointed as Vice President of Legal affairs.
  • Mohammad Bagher Nobakht appointed as vice president for planning, strategic supervision.
  • Rouhani defends cabinet choices in Parliament: all ministers approved except for 3.



  • 10 dead and one missing in recent floods.
  • Basket-ball Asian Championship: Iran qualifies for 2014 Mundial.
  • Fire damages ancient palace of Susa.


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