News from Iran – Week 46 – 2013


Prisoner News


  • Jahanbakhsh Amous and Dariush Taheri transferred from Dehdasht to Yasuj prison.
  • Moslem Marivani and Foad Rezazadeh transferred from Kermanshah Intel to Rejaei Shahr.
  • Mohammad-Reza Pourshajari transferred to Rejaei Shahr prison clinic.



  • Michael and Idriss Darbandi arrested in Oshnavyeh.
  • Morad Esmaili arrested in Mahabad.
  • Mohammad-Ali Javanmardi, workers’ rights activist in Abadan refinery, arrested at his working place.
  • Younes Maroufi, Kurdish activist, arrested.
  • Reza Pour-Heidar, Evin prison physician who had examined the injured Sattar Beheshti, arrested and sent to Evin 209.
  • Shamim Rouhani, Baha’i from Ahvaz, arrested at home.
  • Reza Tamimi, workers’ rights activist in Abadan refinery, arrested at his working place.
  • 80 arrested in Saghez after demonstration.
  • Widespread arrests of Sunnis during Ashura mourning Ceremony in Ahwaz.



  • Mohayedin Azadi, Kurdish activist, freed at the end of his sentence.
  • Journalist Masoud Bastani released on furlough from Rejaei Shahr.
  • Kurdish political prisoners Mohammad and Anvar Eizaddoost released on parole after each serving 14 months of a 2 years sentence.
  • Nahid Ghadiri, Baha’i from Mashhad, freed on parole.
  • Political activist Mashallah Haeri released on furlough from Rejaei Shahr.
  • Esmail Hamzehpour freed after serving 2 of his 4 years.
  • Nader Jani released on furlough from Evin.
  • Ali-Reza Rajabian-Fard released on furlough from Evin.
  • Mousavi campaign activist Arash Saghar released from prison after serving out his 4 years sentence.
  • Varia Taseh, arrested during Marivan protests, was released on bail.


Other News

  • Amir-Khosro Dalirsani, Mehdi Khodaei and Abdol-Fatah Soltani ended hunger strikes.
  • Political Prisoner Arjang Davoudi on hunger strike to protest against harassment and persecution in prison.
  • Abdollah Ghasemzadeh, Hadi Hosseini, Hamed Ahmadi, Jamshid Dehghani, Sadigh Mohammadi and Kamal Molaei, Kurdish Sunni sentenced to execution, on hunger strike in Ghezel-Hesar prison.
  • Dr. Saeed Masouri, breaks his ankle while playing football at Rejaei Shahr prison; he receives no medical treatment.
  • Bakhsh-Ali and Sahand-Ali Mohammadi, Kurdish prisoners, on hunger strike in Yazd prison.
  • Afshin Nadimi and Mehrdad Sabouri, workers’ rights activists, disappeared near Baneh.
  • The Bar Association Disciplinary Board met with Nasrin Sotoudeh to decide the revocation of her license.
  • Maragheh prison inmates are without heating.


News of injustice in Iran

  • Hossein Ghaderi, Yousef Moradi, and Azad Saghezi, Sunni prisoners, sentenced to 2 years in prison.
  • Khosro Kordpour sentenced to 5 years prison in Tabriz + 1 year in prison + 2 years exile in Kerman.
  • Masoud Kordpour sentenced to 3.5 years in prison.
  • At least two people hanged in Gonbad Kavoos prison.


University – Culture

  • Closure of critical student-run newspaper at Amirkabir University.
  • Baha’i Girl Student Afrouz Zabihi expelled from school in Sari.
  • Mahmoud Dowlatabadi wins the 2013 Jan Michalski Prize.
  • 126 students deprived of access to education returned to the University.



  • IRGC opened fire on a peaceful demonstration in Saghez.
  • Fifth human chain to defend Karoun River dispersed by Security Forces.
  • IRGC disperse attempt to stage demonstration in Nowsoud


Iran abroad

  • Mohammad Javad Zarif meets his Japanese counterpart, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida
  • Mohammad Hasan Habibollahzadeh was appointed Iran’s non-resident chargé-d’affaires to the UK.
  • Kurds attack Iranian consulate in Iraqi Kurdistan protesting recent executions.
  • Yukiya Amano, Managing Director of IAEA is in Tehran.
  • IAEA, Iran sign joint statement on nuclear cooperation.
  • Film directors protest at Iran’s embassy in Sweden.


Iran Economics

  • Iran increases natural gas imports from Turkmenistan.
  • China tops Iran’s exports with $3.625 billion.
  • Koohrang workers did not receive their salaries for four months.
  • Bokan concrete plant closes; 500 workers laid off.
  • Ukrainian company to join in construction of railway between Shiraz and Ahvaz.


Iran Politics

  • Guilaki became the official language in Rasht City Council.
  • Safdar Rahmatabadi, an Iranian deputy industry minister shot dead.
  • The leader met with Ms.Maryam Hashemi, who ranked 1st at World Wushu Championships in Malaysia.
  • Majlis rejected the candidacy of Nasrallah Sajadi as Minister of Sports and Youth. The government must submit another candidate within 5 days.



  • Archaeologists unearth ruins of ancient temple in southwest Iran. Structure dates back to Elymais civilization.
  • A child killed at play while reenacting a hanging in Fars Province.
  • Members of Yellow Dogs Iranian indie rock band killed in New York by rejected band member.
  • Tehran schools ordered shut over air pollution.
  • 34 percent of children have asthma in Tehran.
  • Saeed Rajai Khorasani the Iran former ambassador to UN has died.
  • Prominent Iranian mathematician Professor Abolghassem Ghaffari involved in the Apollo Project passes away.
  • Iranian marriage rate falls as temporary partnerships increase.


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