News from Iran – Week 18 – 2012


News of the Prisoners

A- Transfers

Mostafa Daneshjoo, Lawyer for Iran’s Sufi minority

  • Incarcerated Gonabadi Dervishes’ lawyer Mostafa Daneshjoo has been hospitalized.
  • Political prisoner Mashallah Haeri, 60, hospitalized
  • Political prisoner Mohammadreza Motamednia on hunger strike was hospitalized Sunday due to poor health.
  • Gonabadi Dervish, Hamid Reza Moradi sent to hospital in critical health condition then back to Evin 350.
  • Political prisoner Mohammadreza Motamednia on hunger strike was hospitalized Sunday due to poor health.
  • Alireza Rejaei was moved back to Ward 350 after one week of interrogation in Ward 2-A (IRGC) solitary and arraigned on new charges.
  • Student activist Kaveh Rezaei transferred to drug addicts’ ward in Rejaei Shahr prison.
  • Incarcerated labor activist Reza Shahabi has been taken to hospital.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Mahmoud Reza Allameh, political activist, was arrested on 21st April in Sari.
  • Activist Ali Doniari was arrested in Ahvaz on April 29th and sent to Sepidar prison to start serving 6 months sentence
  • Amir Kazemi Tabrizi citizen arrested for displaying a billboard in Turkish language.
  • Saman Nassim arrested in Marivan and sent to Mahabad prison.
  • Gonabadi Dervishes member Mohammad Ali Shamshirzan was arrested at his work in Kovar.


  • Greens supporter Moazedin Eilati was released from Tabriz prison after completing his 15 months sentence.
  • Mozhgan Emadi, Yekta Fahandaj, Mozhdeh Falah, Kambiz Habibi, Sam Jaberi, Sina Sarikhani, Farshid Yazdani, and Iman Rahmatpanah, Baha’is, released from Shiraz prison.
  • Majid Enayat, Shahram Ghaedi, Rouhollah Hosseinian, Enayat Jafari,  Fariborz Parsi Nejad, Keyhan Amiri, and Maryam Del-aram released on USD30,000 bail each in Isfahan.
  • Meysam Hojati, Pastor Hekmat Salimi, and Shahnaz Zarifi released on USD50,000 bail each in Isfahan.

D-Other News

  • Ali Moradi, Kurdish political prisoner in Bandar Abbas, sentenced to 30 years, on hunger strike to protest lack of medical treatment.
  • Mousavi’s daughters urge political prisoners Mohammadreza Motamednia and Mohammad Ali Velayati to break their hunger strike.
  • A prominent Iranian literary translator Soleimani Nia halts hunger strike.
  • After 50 days on hunger strike, Mohammad Ali Velayati has ended his hunger strike
  • Over-crowding at 5 times the capacity in Amol Prison ( built for 150 holds 850).

News of injustice in Iran

  • Reuters bureau chief in Tehran, Paris Hafezi, summoned to court over ninja story.
  • The Revolutionary Court in Mahabad has sentenced Ebrahim Isapour to death on Moharebeh charges.
  • Gholam Reza Khosravi death sentence upheld by Supreme Court.
  • Political activist Meisam Mashayekh has been sentenced to 2 years suspended sentence.
  • Khabat Mohammadzadeh from Sanandaj sentenced to 8-years.
  • The Revolutionary Court in Mahabad has sentenced Sirvan Nejavi on Moharebeh charges.
  • Student environmentalist Sahand Nobakht sentenced to 1 year in prison + 3 years suspended.
  • Houshang Rezaei sentenced to death on Moharebeh charges.
  • Bail has been set at 50million Toman for student activist Amir Sheibanizadeh. Family says they can’t afford the bail.
  • Four people hanged in Shahroud on Monday.
  • Report of a homosexual man being hanged but no name or location provided.

University  – Culture

  • Sex change film from Iran wins award in US film festival.
  • Iran identifies cyber attackers on Oil Ministry.
  • After the oil ministry, Iran’s ministry of sciences under cyber-attacks.
  • Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi plans short trip to Iran to support Afghans.
  • Ministry of Science orders Dr. Hossein Vale and Mohammad Saeed Kashani, two senior philosophy lecturers from Beheshti University to be dismissed.
  • Tehran bikers promote environment-themed movie “The Orange Dressed”.
  • The Islamic Association of Students of Shahid Abbaspour University was suspended.
  • More than 10 publishers absent from Tehran Book Fair.
  • Google eliminates “Persian Gulf” from google maps.
  • Pouya Muhammadi-Dehaj student in orthodontics, expelled from Esfahan University because he is of Baha’i faith.
  • Iran to change all textbooks according to religious concepts during 6 years; said Minister of Education.
  • Iran is scheduled to hold the 12th International Radio Festival and the 4th International Radio Forum in the northern province of Gilan.
  • Revolutionary Court suspends publication of Nasime Bidari.


  • Shushtar workers rally to protest against job insecurity on Labor Day.
  • Security forces and plainclothes agents attacked workers gathering with pepper gas and batons in Sanandaj-Kurdistan province.
  • Workers of the Khuzestan pipe factory gathered in front of the governor’s office to protest not having been paid for 25 months.

Economy in Iran

  • Iran Buys 70,000 Tons of Brazilian Corn.
  • Tabriz match factory laying off workers.
  • 12 shops shut in Qazvin by police.
  • 1 USD =1700 tomans; gold coin=680,000 tomans on Saturday – 1 US Dollar : 1705 Toman on Sunday.
  • 14 to 20% reduction in consumption of dairy products in Iran due to high inflation.
  • New minimum wage in Iran is below the poverty line.
  • Ahmadinejad Chief of Staff Mashaei ordered illegal transfer of Steel Company to Aria Group.
  • Iran allocates $22 billion for importing basic goods including rice, cooking oil, sugar, and meat.
  • 19 businesses in Ardebil province, mostly cafes and restaurants, shut down by internal security forces this week.
  • IMF pressured to suspend Iran, close central bank account.
  • Child labour; 3.4 million children deprived of education in the country.
  • 40 trading premises shut in Malard and Shahriar.
  • Cooking oil factory closure makes 200 men jobless.
  • Iran has imported $286 billion of goods over the past 5 years.
  • Iran has signed a new contract with Spain, worth EUR 1,600,000, despite international sanctions against the Iranian oil industry.
  • The Poliaklil Factory of Isfahan has not paid its workers for more than a year.
  • Construction workers on Gotvand dam have been laid off without getting paid.
  • Sharp price increases in Iran: Dairy products up 51.6%; fresh vegetables, 91.1%; beef, 45.4%.

Iran  abroad

  • Guam joins international condemnation of Iran’s Human Rights abuses.
  • Iran hosts third international Persian Gulf conference.
  • Canadian Embassy in Tehran has stopped issuing visas. People seeking visas to Canada must go to their Embassy in Ankara.
  • Iran expresses willingness to mediate between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
  • Implementation of free trade agreement between Iran and Syria commences.
  • Iranian Vice President visits Lebanon.
  • No Country Ready to Shelter MKO Terrorists.
  • Iranian plot to kill Saudi envoy in Cairo foiled.

Politics in Iran

  • Callous border security guns down 70 couriers in Kurdistan.
  • Arrest of Ali Akbar Heidari Fard, one of the three suspended judges of Kahrizak camp, after he disturbed the peace by firing a handgun at people queuing for petrol.
  • Ahmadinejad and Minister of Youth and Sports will likely not attend the 2012 Olympics because of fingerprint demands for visa – Saudi soccer players fingerprinted at Imam Khomeini International Airport.
  • Qom Lecturers Society urges the government to look into high prices; “weak strata of society will be faced with serious difficulties, if the high cost of living continues”
  • Religious police on motorbikes monitor bad-hejab women in Tehran.
  • Café Honar which belongs to the famous cinema actor Shahab Hosseini in Lavasan was closed by the government.
  • Kahrizak arrest: Ali Akbar Heydarifard, deputy to former Tehran Prosecutor, sent to Evin.
  • Iran to give 100 licenses to mosques to launch Preschools.
  • Iran imported weapons worth over £350 million in space of 3 years despite being the target of UN arms embargo.
  • Judiciary Chief accused the government of violating the law.


  • 500% rise in deaths resulting from addiction in “holy” city of Qom.
  • Death of Kurdish tradesmen in border regions.
  • Iran, China to cooperate in traditional medicine, acupuncture.
  • Another part of Oud-Lajan, one of Tehran’s oldest and most colorful neighborhoods destroyed by fire.


News from Iran – Week 09 – 2012


Several new arrests and some released prisoners in this week, where the good news of an Oscar win was quickly overshadowed by the parliamentary elections in Iran and the increasing impact of sanctions.

News of Prisoners


  • On day 51 of his hunger strike, Dr. Mehdi Khazali was moved Mon from Ward 350 to high security Ward 209(Intel).
  • Saeed Sangar, sentenced to life time in prison, transferred from Sanandaj prison to an unknown location.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Mojtaba Babakarami, Mehdi Cheghakaboodi, Shirin Ghanbari, among 13 Christians from Kermanshah, arrested in a raid on a home church last Tuesday. Azadeh Sharifi, also arrested last Tuesday, was released on bail.
  • Meysam Mashayekh, a reformist activist and blogger from Noshahar arrested.
  • Photojournalist Tahmineh Monzavi was arrested 2/18 at her studio, computer and personal items seized from studio and home.
  • Hooman Zarei, Baha’i arrested at his work place in Shiraz.


  • Sadegh Akhoondi, University Professor, released on bail.
  • Journalist Sahamedin Bourghani has been released on bail.
  • Parastoo Dokoohakhi, journalist, released on bail.
  • Nama Jafari, writer, released on 80 million Toman bail.
  • National Front member Dr. Ali Rashidi has been released.
  • Journalist Marzieh Rasouli was released on 300 million Toman bail.
  • Women’s rights activist Manizheh Sadeghi has been released from Sanandaj prison after finishing her 91 days term.
  • Mohammad Saeed Zakeri, editor in chief of Ninth day, released.

D-Other News

  • Blogger Davood Bahman Abadi on hunger strike.
  • Music forum campaigning for release of jailed Iranian musician Arya Aramnejad.
  • Wife of opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest, has no information regarding his situation.
  • Daughter and son-in-law of imprisoned Reformist Tajzadeh have been summoned to court and banned from leaving the country.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Despite finishing his one year sentence, senior Reformist Abolfazl Ghadiani has not been released and has been sentenced to additional three years.
  • Human Rights Activist Kouhyar Goudarzi has been sentenced to 6 Years in prison.
  • 3 years sentence for Saeed Jalilafar confirmed by Appeals.
  • Shahram Karimi lashed 74 times in Evin.
  • Student and human rights activist Mokhtar Zarei has been sentenced to one year in prison by court in Sanandaj.

University  – Culture

  • Bamdad daily banned for publishing letter of clerical students to Mullah Hawzah in Qom complaining about Larijani.
  • ”]Deutsch: Asghar Farhadi präsentiert als Gast d...‘A Séparation’ film by Asghar Farhadi received Independent Spirit Award from The Hollywood Reporter for Best Foreign Film.
  • ‘A Séparation’, Oscar winner 2012  Asghar Farhadi: I proudly offer this award to the people of my country.
  • Former President Khatami congratulated Asghar Farhadi for winning the 1st Iranian Oscar.
  • Sarat news, Beebak news & 598 news have been filtered & Managing Directors summoned by Judiciary
  • Power show to control Azad University after the brother of Research Ministry was imposed by force. Rafsanjani, heading managing committee of Azad University foundation is still trying to resist.
  • 1st Triennial Iranian Studies Conference in Oslo.
  • Police raided neighbourhoods in East Tehran confiscating satellite dishes and threatening people who protested with arrest.
  • University security reportedly summoned students at Shahr-e-Kurd university for building a snowman decorated with a green scarf.
  • Yasmin Fanaeian, Baha’i student in Payam e Noor in Sari, and Shahin Mousavi, Baha’i student of Civil Engineering at the non-profit Tabri University in Babol, have been expelled,
  • Ministry of Education has issued a directive to the country’s schools, to identify and report to the Ministry any Bahai pupils at their schools.
  • Schools are allegedly requiring students to go to voting booths and get a stamp mark + photo evidence of voting.

Economy in Iran

  • A bicycle factory in Ghuchan has not paid its workers in four months.
  • Workers from the Bahman Polymer Company have not been paid for three months.
  • Sam Cable Company of Tehran owes between four and five million Tomans to its workers.
  • The brick factory of Rasekh in Bandar Abbas was closed due to a lack of natural gas.
  • Majlis Economic Committee member: Decision to stop crude supplies to Greece is  a positive action that serves national interests.
  • Iran buys US wheat despite nuclear tensions.
  • Shell purchases 1.5 million barrels of oil from Iran despite sanctions.


  • Workers from the Ardebil metal company gathered inside the company to protest not being paid for five months and a lack of raw material.
  • On Monday February 6th, workers of Artavil Tires in Ardebil protested in front of the factory against the decision of the owner to close the factory.
  • A large crown reportedly set Iran Majlis election posters on fire in Sari.

Iran  abroad

  • German government calls for the release of Yousef Nadarkhani, Iranian priest sentenced to death.
  • Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi left Tehran to participate in the 19th session of the Human Rights Council, which will be held in Geneva from February 27 to March 23.
  • Azeri Ambassador summoned over arms deal with Israel.
  • Russian bank shuts down Iranian embassy accounts.
  • Clinton: Latin American drug cartels’ links to Iran, Hezbollah a concern.
  • Azerbaijani television hacked from Iran.
  • Iran has sent USD 3.5 million to Zimbabwe to complete tractor assembly plant.

Politics in Iran

  • The committee of Iranian Free Teachers asked all Iranians and teachers around the country to protest the sham election.
  • Candidates in election have to go through screening process. So far, 1200 have been disqualified including 36 serving MPs.
  • Mojtaba Khamenei allegedly met with Moussavi to ask for his collaboration, “given the country’s critical situation” – Mousavi refused to reply to Mojtaba and asked for a direct, private conversation with Khamenei.
  • Position of Sunni leaders on the election; We are not supporting any candidates.
  • Mesbah Yazdi and IRGC form coalition against Mahdavi Kani’s United Principalist Front in parliamentary elections.
  • Iranian Kurdish groups call for boycott of elections.
  • Iranian Opposition demands federalism for Kurdistan.
  • Hundreds of foreign reporters have beeninvited to cover Iran’s parliamentary elections. Foreign journalists allowed to cover Iranian elections are bussed to chosen pooling stations and back to their hotel with no opportunity to meet real people; reports showing mainly elderly people when 65 % of the population in under 30.
  • Election Commission official – 10 foreign “saboteurs” try to disrupt elections arrested.
  • The electoral commission extended polling station opening for 5 hours.
  • The election commission has asked election workers to let people vote, even without ID cards.
  • 530 irregularities noted since electoral lists constitution in Tehran region.
  • Main lists:
    • United Front of Conservatives (Jebheh Mottahed-e Osoolgaraayaan): rather pro-Khamenei but also some pro-Ahmadinejad aussi
    • Resistance Front of Islamic Républic (Jebheh Paaydaari-e Enghlelab-e Eslami): main figure, ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi, spiritual mentor of Ahmadinejad
    • Front of People’s Voice (Jebheh Sedaa-ye Mellat): refused from two above-mentionned lists
    • Defense Front of Islamic Républic (Jebheh Eistaadegi Enghelab-e Eslami): supporters of Rezaï, previous IRGC commandor – Mahmoud Alavi, member of Council of Experts who wanted to be part of this list, was barred from candidacy
    • Democratic Front (Jebheh Democrat): réformists wanting to take part in elections.


  • Tehran – Zahedan train derailed by sandstorms. Several hours delay but no serious  injuries.
  • In the past 4 years, child marriages reported to have increased by 45 percent.
  • Tehran police shut down 15 clothing stores for selling ‘vulgar dress’.
  • In the past month, five school students and two teachers were reported killed, and dozens injured, in (basiji) rahian-e-noor camps.
  • An outlet of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) has opened in the Iranian city of Karaj. The owners claim it is “100% Iranian”

Remebering Baku, 20 Jan 1990 – A black day for #Azerbaijan

English: buring of victims of 20 Januar 1990 t...

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Late at night on January 19, 1990, 26.000 Soviet troops stormed Baku. They acted pursuant to a state of emergency declared by the USSR Supreme Soviet Presidium, signed by President Gorbachev and disclosed to the Azerbaijani public only after many citizens lay wounded or dead in the streets, hospitals and morgues of Baku.

More than 130 people died from wounds received that night and during subsequent violent confrontations and incidents that lasted in February; the majority of these were civilians killed by Soviet soldiers. More than 700 civilians were wounded. Hundreds of people were detained, only a handful of whom were put on trial for alleged criminal offenses. Civil liberties were severely curtailed.In 1991 Azerbaijan became independent.

1990 January 20 Is a Special Day in Azerbaijan’s history.We will never forget this day.

20 yanvar Şəhidləri, January 20 martyrs, 20 Ocak şehitleri, qara yanvar, Black january

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