News from Iran – Week 43 – 2013


Prisoner News


  • Political prisoner Ali Moezzi returned to prison after being taken to Karaj radiology center.
  • Workers’ rights activist Reza Shahabi, hospitalized again.


  • Hamid Meibedi, Davoud Mirzaei, and Alahverdi Rouhi, political activists, arrested in Karaj.
  • Elham Moghan, Baha’i from Esfahan, arrested.
  • Yahya Sarkhani begins serving his 3 years sentence in Mahabad prison.
  • More than 100 Kurds arrested in Tehran.


  • Student activist Majid Tavakoli released on furlough from Rejaei Shahr.
  • Asadollah Asadi and Mahmoud Bagheri released on furlough from Evin.
  • Motahereh Bahrami-Haghighi and Morteza Khosravi-Rad released on furlough.
  • Political prisoner Manouchehr Maimanat has been released from Borazjan (Boushehr) prison after completing his 4 years sentence.
  • National-Religious activist Masoud Pedram has been released on a 3 day furlough.
  • Student activist Arash Sadeghi freed on bail.
  • Mehdi Tarokh released on bail.
  • Pezhman Zafarmand freed after being acquitted by Appeals.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Sentence of Baha’i Nasim Ashrafi, reduced by appeals from 3 to 1 year.
  • Babak Asiaei, cultural activist, sentenced to 4 years in prison.
  • Nasim Bagheri, Baha’i, sentenced to 4 years in prison.
  • Student activist Afshin Jamshidi sentenced to 6 months prison.
  • Student activist Zia Navabi was acquitted of the new charges filed against him. He is serving a 10 years sentence in Ahvaz prison.
  • Student activist Amir Nazeri sentenced to 6 months prison.
  • Court of Appeals has overturned the 10 month sentence of civil/cultural activist Mohtaram Rahmani, giving her a monetary fine.
  • 2 Kurdish brothers Farough and Farzad Samani sentenced to 5 years prison.
  • 6 men and 1 woman hanged in Dizelabad prison of Kermanshah.

University – Culture

  • Mahmoud Zolfonoon, the Iranian violin master, has passed away at the age of 93 in the United States.
  • Student activist Mehdi Amani prevented from pursuing his studies.


  • Protests in Hormozgan; several arrests.
  • 180 petrochemical workers stage protest.
  • Tehran Imam Khomeini Hospital’s Nurses rally against mandatory overtime.
  • Followers of Ahl-e Haqq (Yarsanism) protest in front of the parliament; 80 arrested.
  • 10,000 people in Ahvaz protest against diversion of Karoon river.

Iran abroad

  • EU parliamentary delegation, headed by Hannes Swoboda meets Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani.
  • China had seized an Iranian oil tanker bound for North Korea.
  • French MPs visit their counterpart in Iran to boost cooperation between both countries.

Iran Economics

  • Delay of 5 months’ salary for 120 soap factory workers.

Iran Politics

  • Former dismissed health minister, Marziyeh Vahid-Dastjerdi, has been appointed adviser to the Judiciary Chief.


  • 7 children injured during a mine explosion in Kurdistan.
  • Clashes between students and basij at Mazandaran University.
  • Ahwaz, the most polluted city in the world.
  • Level of carcinogen benzene in Tehran air is 10 times higher than standards.
  • 25-year-old Razi Guntari, attending a funeral service for his friend, was shot and killed by internal security forces in Shadegan.
  • Daughter of Moussavi assaulted and bitten by a female security officer.

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