News from Iran – Week 39 – 2013


Prisoners’ News


  • Student activist Ahmad Asgari has been transferred from Ward 209 to Ward 350 after 3 months in 209 solitary.



  • Behnam Chegini, member of Rouhani campaign, arrested in Delijan.
  • Ziaollah Ghaderi, Baha’i from Tonekabon, arrested and sent to Sari Intel.
  • Soroush Gorshasebi, Baha’i from Tonekabon, arrested and sent to Sari Intel.
  • Faramarz Lotfi, Baha’i from Tonekabon, arrested and sent to Sari Intel.
  • Saeed Naeemi, member of Advar, sent to Tabriz prison to serve his 1 year sentence.
  • Mehdi Rahimi, Union member, arrested in Tehran.
  • Prominent Azerbaijani cultural activist Salar Turi summoned to court and arrested.



  • Mousavi advisor Alireza Beheshti-Shirazi released on furlough.
  • Evin Prison’s death row prisoner, Hamid Ghassemi-Shall is released
  • Journalist Mehdi Mahmoudian released on furlough.


Other News

  • Jailed student Omid Kokabee awarded APS Sakharov prize.
  • Baluchi teenager Mohammad Saber Malek Reisi denied phone calls, visitation rights.
  • Omid Shah-Moradi begins a hunger strike in Evin.


News of injustice in Iran

  • Abdulaziz Azimi Ghadeem, Azeri cleric, sentenced to 7 months and sent to Tabriz prison.
  • Vahid Habib-Cheshmeh, Azerbaijani cultural activist, sentenced to 4 months in prison.
  • Azeri activist Ali Kheirjoo sentence to 5 years in prison.
  • Student activist Arash Mohammadi’s 6 months sentence upheld on appeal.
  • Alireza Hashemi, the Secretary General of Teachers Organization of Iran has been sentenced to 5 years imprisonment.
  • Appeals overturns sentence of lawyer Mahmoud Alizadeh-Tabatabaei; a new trial will take place.
  • 5 men and 3 women hanged in Yazd prison last Thursday.
  • 4 hangings in Ghazvin prison on Sunday.
  • One execution in Kazeroun of a teenager.
  • 4 hangings in Kerman on Tuesday.
  • A woman hanged in Tehran on Wednesday.
  • One execution in Vakil Abad prison in Mashhad on Wednesday.
  • 5 men and one woman hanged in Rejaei Shahr.


University – Culture

  • Iranian actress Maryam Moghaddam resident of Sweden banned from leaving Iran.
  • Managing editor of Hammihan newspaper Gholam Hossein Karbaschi announced that the ban on his publication was lifted; it will be published again with, Mohammad Ghoochani as chief editor.
  • 40 ‘starred’ students return to university.
  • 30 net cafés closed in Ghazvin.



  • The family of death sentenced prisoners gathered in front of parliament.


Iran abroad

  • Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with British Secretary of Foreign Affairs William Hague, Ms Ashton, and foreign affairs ministers of China, France, Germany, Russia and the US.
  • Rouhani meets IMF Christine Lagarde, Pakistani, Japanese, Italian and Spanish Prime Ministers, French, Tunisian, Turkish and Lebanese presidents, Iraqi Vice-President, German Foreign Affairs Minister.
  • Iran reappoints Kazempour as OPEC governor.
  • Obama and Rouhani talked over the phone.


Iran Economics

  • $1 = less than 3,000 tomans.
  • 240 workers laid off in Zanjan.
  • IRGC’s Sadra Shipbuilding Co has laid off total of 1500 workers.
  • India lifts barriers from Iranian oil imports.
  • In August 2013, China imported 440,000 barrels of oil from Iran, an 18% increase over the same period last year.
  • Car production in Iran down by 38.5% in first half of 2013.


Iran Politics

  • Rouhani has issued special order to take back all government complaints against media.
  • Chief of Judiciary removes 6 judges.



  • Forest fires continue to rage in Golestan National Park.
  • Cholera spreads in 10 provinces.
  • 360 school classes lacking teacher in Yazd.
  • 28 people arrested in Qom for selling foreign currencies illegally.
  • Bill allows men to marry their step-daughters, if they’re 13.


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