News from Iran – Week 47 – 2013


Prisoner News


  • Shahram Ahmadi, Taleb Maleki, Mokhtar Rahimi, Behrouz Shah-Nazari, Kaveh Sharifi, and Kaveh Veisi, Sunni prisoners sentenced to execution, transferred from Evin 240 to 350.
  • Iraj Mohammadi, Kurdish political activist transferred to hospital.
  • Secretary General of the Freedom Movement Ebrahim Yazdi hospitalized.


  • Negin Ahmadian, Negar Malekzadeh, Hoorieh Mohseni , Arman Mokhtari, and Behnaz Hadadzadeh begins serving 6 months in Vakil Abad.
  • Students Afsaneh and Shahoo Bayazidi arrested in Bokan.
  • Abbas Haghighi, workers’ rights activist in Polyakryl factory of Isfahan arrested
  • The intelligence agency incarcerated Faroukh Khezri, who is 25 years old, until his father Mohammad Khezri turns himself in.
  • Javad Lotfi, and Kiomars Rahimi, workers’ rights activists in Polyakryl factory of Isfahan, arrested.
  • Afshin Nadimi, and Mehrdad Sabouri, Kurdish Workers’s rights activists, arrested.
  • Journalist Nasour Naghipour is back to Evin at the end of his furlough.
  • Ayatollah Mohammad Sehhati arrested in Esfahan and released shortly after.
  • About 15 Ghaderi Dervishes arrested in Alborz Province.
  • 8 bloggers arrested in Rafsanjan on charges of “insulting Islamic sanctities and values.


  • Mohammad-Sadegh Rabani-Amleshi released on furlough.
  • 4 days furlough for political prisoner Amin Chalaki.

Other News

  • Ali Moradi, Kurdish political prisoner, is on hunger strike to protest against his transfer to Bandar Abbas.
  • Jailed human rights/children’s rights activist Mohammad Hassan Yousef Pourseifi has launched a hunger strike protesting denial of Medical treatment.
  • Prisoners have no hot water to shower in ward 350 of Evin.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Six Kurdish journalists sentenced: Shahoo Ahmadi, Ehsan Nikpei, Ali Yousefi and Mohsen Cheraghi, to 6 months in prison, Rahmatollah Cheraghi and Sajad Gheisari to 6 months suspended.
  • Shahin Bayezidpour, Kurdish activist, sentenced to 2 years in prison.
  • Hossein Ghasemi, Kurdish Sunni prisoner of Rejaei Shahr, sentenced to 2 years in prison.
  • Kurdish bookstore owner Soleiman Mohammadi was sentenced to seven months in prison on charges of helping a Kurdish opposition party.
  • Teimur Naderizadeh, Borzan Nasrollahzadeh and Farshid Naseri, Sunni prisoners of Rejaei Shahr, sentenced to execution.
  • One hanging in Esfahan.
  • One hanging in Zahedan.
  • One hanging in Yazd.

University – Culture

  • The entire cast of the film Gass by Iranian director Kiarash Asadizadeh was awarded the best emerging actor honour at the eighth Rome Film Festival.


  • Municipal workers of Behbahan on strike.

Iran abroad

  • FM visits Italy ahead of nuclear talks.
  • Rouhani holds telephone conversation with Russian president Putin; Deputy Foreign Minister meets Russian counterpart.
  • Suicide blast at Iranian embassy in Beirut; cultural advisor and 24 other people killed, 150 injured.
  • Hassan Rouhani meets Indonesian Parliament Speaker.
  • UN 3rd Committee Draft Resolution on Situation of Human Rights in Iran adopted YES 83, NO 36 , ABSTAIN 62.
  • Rouhani talks with Putin, Chinese president, British PM ahead of nuclear talks –

Iran Economics

  • National Iranian Gas Company went bankrupt.
  • Kenfkar Factory in Rasht vlosed, 31 workers unemployed.
  • Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO) has signed a contract with a Belgian company to build and operate a graphite electrodes manufacturing factory in Ardakan City of Yazd.
  • 300 workers in Tabriz Tractor Factory have not been paid for more than 4 months; they now also lost their social insurance.

Iran Politics

  • Mahmoud Goudarzi becomes Iran’s new Minister of Sports and Youth with 199 votes in favor out of 267 votes cast by MPs.


  • Iranian neurologist Majid Samii wins Leibniz Ring Prize.
  • Rasht streets hit by floods.

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