News from Iran – Week 42 – 2013

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Prisoners’ News

Transfers

  • Shahram Ahmadi, Sunni prisoner, transferred from Rejaei Shahr to Arak prison.
  • Taleb Maleki, Sunni prisoner, transferred from Rejaei Shahr to Qom prison.
  • Behrouz Shah-Nazari, Sunni prisoner, transferred from Rejaei Shahr to Seman prison.
  • Arash Sharifi, Sunni prisoner, transferred from Rejaei Shahr to Kashan prison.
  • Kaveh Sharifi, Sunni prisoner, transferred from Rejaei Shahr to Yazd prison.
  • Seyyed Mohammad Seifzadeh transferred to Tehran Heart Hospital.

Arrests-Detentions

  • Afshin Bolbolan, Baha’i from Abadeh, arrested.
  • Akbar Mohajeri, Azeri environmentalist, arrested and sent to Tabriz prison to serve his sentence.
  • Behzad Nabavi is back to Evin at the end of furlough.
  • 63 people have been arrested in Kerman charged with conspiracy and plotting against the Islamic Republic.
  • 2 students arrested during Rouhani’s speech at Tehran University.

Liberations

  • Bahador Alizadeh freed from Evin.
  • Poet Mostafa Badkoobei freed from Evin.
  • Mohammad Eshagh-Abadi freed from Evin.
  • Mohammad-Vali Gholamnejad freed from Evin.
  • Civic activist Mehdi Hamidi Shafigh released from Tabriz prison.
  • Isa Khan-Hatami freed from Evin.
  • Behzad Nabavi released on furlough.
  • Ali Nemati freed from Evin.
  • Alireza Roshan, Gonabadi dervish, freed at the end of his sentence.
  • Vahid Rouh-Bakhsh freed from Evin.
  • Farzad Rouhi freed from Evin.
  • Arash Sadeghi released on 500 million toman bail.
  • Arash Saghar released on furlough.
  • Peyman Samadi freed from Evin.
  • Fatemeh Ziaei-Azad freed at the end of her sentence.
  • Hamid Zoodi freed from Mahabad prison 3 months before the end of his sentence.

Other News

  • Women’s rights activist Mahdieh Farahani summoned to court in Evin, arraigned and released on bail until court date.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Ezatollah Ahmadian acquitted by Appeals.
  • 6 months sentence of Negin Ahmadian upheld by Appeals.
  • In a retrial of his case by the Appeals Court political prisoner Emad Bahavar’s sentence reduced from 10 years to 7 years.
  • Reformist activist Behnam Chegini sentenced to 9 years in prison.
  • Six months sentence prison upheld for civic activist Hassan Damirchi.
  • Currently on furlough, Iranian-Canadian blogger Hossein Derakhshan’s sentenced reduced from 19 1/2 to 17years.
  • Baha’i Ardeshir Fanaian sentenced to 1 year in prison.
  • Baha’i Golrokh Firouzian sentenced to 9 months in prison.
  • Baha’i Shidrokh Firouzian sentenced to 9 months in prison.
  • 6 months sentence of Behnaz Hadadzadeh upheld by Appeals.
  • Fataneh Hajipour acquitted by Appeals.
  • Ali-Akbar Jafar-Dehbashi, editor in chief of Bokhara magazine, sentenced to 11 months + monetary fine.
  • Shahrzad Khalili acquitted by Appeals.
  • 6 months sentence of Negar Malekzadeh upheld by Appeals.
  • 6 months sentence of Hourieh Mohseni upheld by Appeals.
  • 6 months sentence of Arman Mokhtari upheld by Appeals.
  • Navid Nabili acquitted by Appeals.
  • Mehran Rahbari, Gonabadi dervish, acquitted by Appeals.
  • Shayan Tafazoli acquitted by Appeals.
  • Naghmeh Zabiheyan acquitted by Appeals.
  • Three hangings in Marivan.
  • 5 hangings in Sanandaj prison.
  • One hanging in Esfahan prison.
  • One hanging in Ilam.

University – Culture

  • Mohammad Rasoulof wins Nurnberg International Human Rights Film Festival prize for a lifetime achievement; he can’t attend the ceremony being banned from leaving Iran.
  • Ahwaz News Agency unblocked after 15 months.

Protests

  • Sunni prisoners’ families gathered in front of Sanandaj intelligence office.
  • Protest against air pollution in Arak.

Iran abroad

  • Iran says it arrested three Israeli spies.
  • Deputy FM gives interview to Israeli radio.

Iran Economics

  • Iran Khodro to dispatch 10,000 cars to Russia a year.
  • Iran’s Mammoth Energy Group Corp (MMTE) and Italy’s Tenova Steel have signed a $100m contract for the construction of a steel plant in Kerman province.

Iran Politics

  • The Iranian cabinet appointed Abdolhossein Moghtadaei, Seyyed Mohammad Ahmadi and Vajihollah Khedmatgozar as governor-generals of Khuzestan, Fars and South Khorasan provinces respectively.

Miscellaneous

  • In clashes between PJAK and Pasdaran Army, 5 Iranian Pasdaran killed.
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#BAD13 Human Rights Quiz

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We read, and some of us write, a great deal about rights abuse, but  it’s rare to see concrete references to the famous United Nations declaration which underpins and enshrines those rights. For this year’s Blog Action Day, I have devised a short quiz to test our knowledge of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I hope you will take part, and that you find it interesting and informative.

Human Rights Quiz

  1. How many Articles does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights contain?

    • 10

    • 12

    • 30

  2. Which of the following is NOT in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?

    • Paid holiday leave from work

    • Safe drinking water

    • Legal protection against slander

  3. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is regularly reviewed by the UN

    • True

    • False

  4. How many core international Human Rights treaties exist?

    • 1

    • 4

    • 9

  5. All United Nations member states have ratified the core Human Rights treaties

    • True

    • False

  6. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights includes a personal obligation…

    • .. to serve the community

    • .. to monitor and report abuses

    • .. to teach others about Human Rights

How did you do? Check your results using this PDF: HR Quiz Answers.

This quiz is also available on PollDaddy – feel free to share it for educational purposes – via this link.

What is Blog Action Day?

Founded in 2007, Blog Action Day brings together bloggers from different countries, interests and languages to blog about one important global topic on the same day. Past topics have included Water, Climate Change, Poverty, Food and the Power of We, with over 25,000 blogs taking part since 2007.

Blog Action Day October 16, 2013 will focus on the topic Human Rights. Register your blog to take part

Twitter hashtags for today are #BAD13, #HumanRights, #Oct16

 

News from Iran – Week 41 – 2013

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Prisoner News

Transfers

  • Sajad Beit-Abdollah, from Shush, sentenced to 15 years in prison in exile, transferred to Gorgan prison.
  • Ahmad Dabat, from Shush, sentenced to 20 years in prison in exile, transferred to Rasht prison.
  • Ahmad Kaabi (Zaghibi) from Shush, sentenced to 15 years in prison in exile, transferred to Kerman prison.
  • Jafar Kaabi, from Shush, sentenced to 15 years in prison in exile, transferred to Yazd prison.
  • Ali (Jajeh) Kanani, from Shush, sentenced to 20 years in prison in exile, transferred to Sari prison.
  • Yousef Khazaraji, from Shush, sentenced to 10 years in prison in exile, transferred to Shiraz prison.
  • Abdollah Momeni transferred to prison infirmary in emergency.
  • Maryam Naghash-Zargaran (Nasim), Christian convert, transferred from Evin to Modarres hospital.
  • Hasan Naseri, from Shush, sentenced to 20 years in prison in exile, transferred to Sabzevar prison.
  • Sunni prisoner Foad Rezazadeh transferred to Evin prison ward 209.
  • Abbas Sagouri, from Shush, sentenced to 15 years in prison in exile, transferred to Hamedan prison.
  • Maryam Shafeepour transferred to general ward in Evin.
  • Arash Sharifi, Sunni prisoner of Rejaei Shahr prison, transferred to Kashan prison.

 

Arrests-Detentions

  • Journalist Masoud Bastani back to Rejaei Shahr at the end of furlough.
  • Baha’i Hassan Bazar Afkan arrested.
  • Mousavi’s senior adviser Alireza Beheshti Shirazi is back in Evin after 2 weeks out on furlough.
  • Mostafa Faghihi the managing director of Entekhab site, arrested and sent to Evin for one day then released on bail.
  • Green Movement activist Dr. Alireza Rajabianfard arrested and taken to Evin to start serving his 3 1/2 years sentence.
  • Tens of people charged with promoting homosexuality and Satanism arrested in Kermanshah.

 

Liberations

  • Journalist Bahman Ahmadi Amouei released on furlough.
  • Journalist/HR activist Ahmad Asgari has been released on bail after more than 3 months detention most of it in solitary.
  • Amir Chamani released from prison.
  • Civil activist Mehdi Hamidi Shafigh has been released from Tabriz central prison.
  • Political prisoner Mohammad Reza Hosseini released from Bandar Abbas prison.
  • Student activist Afshin Keshtkari released from Shiraz Adelabad prison after completing his 6 months sentence.
  • Mohammad-Reza Moghiseh released on furlough.
  • Mohsen Mohagheghi released on furlough.
  • Kurdish political prisoner Hamzeh Sobhani has been released from Dizelabad prison in Kermanshah. He had served half of his 6 years sentence.
  • Mehdi Tajik released on furlough.

 

Other News

  • Hamed Ghasemi-Shal reunited with his wife in Toronto.
  • Ayatollah Hossein Kazemeini-Boroujerdi suffers a heart attack in prison.

 

News of injustice in Iran

  • Dervish Gonabadi Hamid-Reza Arayesh sentenced to exile for life to Khouzestan.
  • Dervish Gonabadi Kazem Dehghani sentenced to exile for life to Sistan-Baluchestan.
  • Regime critic blogger Dr. Mehdi Khazali has been sentenced to 6 years imprisonment.
  • Court of Appeals has sentenced Christian Maryam Naghash Zargaran to 4 years.
  • Dervish Gonabadi Mohammad-Ali Shamshirzan sentenced to exile for life to Hormozgan.
  • Morteza Vafaei, Sunni student, sentenced to 21 months in prison.
  • 6 hangings in Yazd central prison.
  • 2 executions in Shahrekord prison.
  • 2 public executions in Babol, carried out by victims’ family member.
  • 3 executions in Ardabil prison.
  • 1 execution in Bandar Abbas prison.
  • 3 executions in Rasht, one publicly.
  • One public execution in Fars province.

 

University – Culture

  • 13 students from the Shiraz Medical University summoned by intelligence ministry in the past month.

 

Protests

  • Semnan Lining Machine workers protest the delay of 11 month salary.
  • Death row prisoners’ families gathered in front of revolutionary court in Tehran.

 

Iran abroad

  • New German and Dutch ambassadors nominated in Tehran.

 

Iran Economics

  • More than 100 workers of Shiraz Marvdasht Factory have not received wages since 15 months.
  • The Central Bank confirmed that the annual inflation rate exceeded 40% on most essential items for August/September. The cost of food and drink rose by 51%, shoes by 60%, and utilities, water, and fuel by 21%. Health care was 43% more expensive and transport 45%. Only communications and education had increases of less than 15%.
  • 2 auto assembly plants, Kerman Motors and Modiran halt production.

 

Iran Politics

  • President Rouhani appointed Ms. Shahindokht Mowlaverdi as Vice President and Head of Center for Women and Family Affairs.
  • Elham Aminzadeh said: “Fifty complaints by Ahmadinejad’s government against some media organizations, members of the parliament, political activists and media activists were annulled.”
  • Mohammad Hossein Moghimi was appointed governor general of Markazi province, Mohammad Vakili of Semnan provinces, Hasan Sadeghlu of Golestan province and Mohammad Reza Morvarid of Ilam province.
  • Sorena Sattari has been appointed as vice-president for science and technology.
  • Rouhani appointed Mohammad Shariatmadari as Vice President for Executive Affairs.

 

Miscellaneous

  • Iran: attempt to sabotage a nuclear site, four people arrested.
  • 5 IRGC members killed and 2 injured in clashes with the Kurdish PKK Corps in Kurdistan.

 

As usual, list of political prisoners in Iran: http://hyperactivist.info/ipr.html

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News from Iran – Week 40 – 2013

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Prisoner News

Transfers

 

  • Ghazi Abbasi (Khanfari), sentenced to execution, transferred from Kazeroun prison to Intel.
  • Political prisoner Khaled Hardani transferred to an unknown location.
  • Mokhtar Rahimi, sentenced to execution, transferred from Rejaei Shahr to an unknown location.
  • Kaveh Veisi, sentenced to execution, transferred from Rejaei Shahr to an unknown location.

 

Arrests-Detentions

  • Davoud Aghamirzaei, political activist, arrested at home.
  • Farzad Aslani, Kurdish citizen from Dehgolan, arrested.
  • Mehrdad Farmani, student activist and blogger, arrested in Shiraz.
  • Salah Iran-Khah, Kurdish citizen from Marivan, arrested.
  • Azeri activist Akbar Mohajeri arrested and sent to Tabriz prison to serve his 4 months sentence.
  • Ehsan Molavi-Far, student activist and blogger, arrested in Shiraz.
  • Jabar and Masoud Rahimi, Kurdish citizens from Dehgolan, arrested.
  • Five Kurdish workers arrested in Damavand in Tehran province.
  • 2 people arrested for insulting president.

 

Liberations

  • Amir Chamani freed from Tabriz University.
  • Abdollah Jafari has been released on bail.
  • Sam Keshmiri has been released on bail.
  • Shahabeddin Mortazavi has been released on bail.
  • Arash Nasirzadeh has been released on bail.
  • Kamiar Parsa has been released on bail.
  • Journalist Isa Saharkhiz is free.
  • Hamed and Shahla Saremi, children of Ali Saremi, who was executed, released on bail.
  • 743 prisoners released in Kerman province.

 

Other News

  • Hamed Ahmadi, sentenced to execution, is on hunger strike in Ghezel Hesar.
  • Jahangir and Jamshid Dehghani, sentenced to execution, are on hunger strike in Ghezel Hesar.
  • Kamal Molaei, sentenced to execution, is on hunger strike in Ghezel Hesar.

 

News of injustice in Iran

  • Souran Daneshvar, Kurdish student, acquitted of all charges.
  • Student activist Mohammad Kohnepoush was found guilty of collaboration with a banned Kurdish group and sentenced to 1 year, suspended for 5 years.
  • Saman Mahmoudi, Kurdish citizen, acquitted of all charges.
  • Workers’ rights activist Shahrokh Zamani sentenced to 6 additional months for insulting the leader.
  • 8 executions in Urmiah prison.
  • 5 men and one woman hanged in Rejaei Shahr on Sunday.
  • 2 hangings in Shahr-e-Kord prison.
  • 6 executions in Yazd prison.

 

University – Culture

  • CNN website unfiltered in Iran.
  • The Past by Asghar Farhadi, will represent Iran at the Oscars ceremony.

 

Protests

  • Families of prisoners sentenced to execution protest in front of Parliament.

 

Iran abroad

  • US gives million-dollar cup back to Iran.
  • Two European parliamentary delegations to visit Iran by mid-October.
  • Iran sanctions in U.S. Senate delayed before Geneva talks.
  • Before the participation in the session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva, Larijani will visit Croatia (6 October) and Serbia (October 7).

 

Iran Economics

  • Iran makes payments on old loans to World Bank.

 

Miscellaneous

  • Tehran Police seize 100-ton consignment of smuggled medicine.
  • 6 persons died of cholera in Iran.
  • Commander of Iranian Cyber War Headquarters assassinated.

 

As usual, list of political prisoners in Iran: http://hyperactivist.info/ipr.html

Please help us to keep it updated

 

News from Iran – Week 39 – 2013

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Prisoners’ News

Transfers

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

 

Arrests-Detentions

  • 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.

 

Liberations

  • 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.

 

Protests

  • 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.

 

Miscellaneous

  • 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.

 

As usual, list of political prisoners in Iran: http://hyperactivist.info/ipr.html

Please help us to keep it updated