News from Iran – Week 02 – 2014

Belgian student Hamid Babai

Prisoner News


  • Behzad Arabgol transferred back to Evin 350.
  • Hasan Asadi-Zeidabadi transferred back to Evin 350.
  • Emad Bahavar transferred back to Evin 350.
  • Hamid-Reza Borhani transferred from Evin 350 to Rejaei Shahr.
  • Jamshid and Jahangir Dehghani, Sunni prisoner on hunger strike since November, transferred to hospital.
  • Alireza Kazemzadeh transferred back to Evin 350.
  • Namegh Mahmoudi, 62 years old, beaten during transfer to hospital.
  • Kamal Molaei, Sunni prisoner on hunger strike since November, transferred to hospital.
  • Amanollah Mostaghim transferred to hospital.
  • Ahmad Shah-Rezaei transferred to ward 8 in Evin.



  • Javad Abou-Ali sent to Behbahan prison to serve his 26 months sentence.
  • Alireza Beheshti-Shirazi is back to Evin at the end of his medical treatment.
  • Sharmin Ghaderi, Kurdish activist, arrested.
  • Bagher Gholami, Arab Sunni activist, arrested.
  • George Issaian, Christian, arrested in Karaj.
  • Mostafa Naderi, Christian, arrested in Karaj.
  • Sara Rahiminejad, Christian, arrested in Karaj.
  • Majid Sheidaei, Christian, arrested in Karaj.



  • Jahanbakhsh Amous, political activist, released on bail.
  • Ali-Asghar Gharavi released on bail.
  • Farzad Samadi, Kurdish Sunni prisoner, freed after serving 3 of his 4 years sentence.
  • Dariush Taheri, political activist, released on bail.


Other News

  • Over 140 prisoners are on hunger strike in Evin.
  • Prisoners in Maragheh are on hunger strike.


News of injustice in Iran

  • Hamid Babaei, Belgian student, sentenced to 6 years in prison.
  • Foad Rezazadeh sentenced to 6 years in prison.
  • One hanging in Sari.
  • 3 hangings in Ghazvin on Tuesday.
  • One hanging in Gachsaran.
  • 4 hangings in Urmiah and 2 in Salmas on Thursday.


University – Culture

  • Website of senior Iranian MP Ali Motahari blocked by Iran internet regulatory office.
  • Media Supervisory Committee has banned Yaltharat al-Hossein weekly.
  • Two websites, Nocut Press and Hemmat News affiliated with Ahmadinejad blocked.



  • Tabriz Tractor workers rally to protest the delay of eight months’ salary.


Iran abroad

  • Iran FM Zarif meets Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Ahmet Davutoğlu.
  • Chairman of Italian Senate Foreign Policy Commission Senator PierFerdinando meets Hashemi Rafsanjani and Zarif.
  • British parliamentarians headed by former foreign secretary Jack Straw arrive in Tehran.
  • German-Iranian woman, Yasmin Fahimi, set to head co-ruling German Social Democratic Party.
  • Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Meghdad arrived in Iran to meet Foreign Minister Zarif as well as Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs.


Iran Economics

  • 200 Workers of Sanandaj Landscaping and Construction laid off.
  • $150 billion lost per year due to brain drain.
  • Iran, Austria annual trade stands at $1billion.


Iran Politics

  • Persian Christians banned from attending Saint Peter Church.



  • Ekbatan Dam freezes in Hamedan.
  • A historic Qajar house, turned into rubbish dump in Yazd.
  • 5-magnitude earthquake struck the Kish Island.


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