News from Iran – Week 26 – 2013

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Prisoners’ News

Transfers

  • Ramin Idalkhani-Azad transferred from Parsabad prison to Meshkin Shahr one.
  • Arash Mohammadi transferred to solitary in Tabriz prison after beginning of hunger strike and back to general ward after he stopped hunger strike.
  • Shahrokh Zamani in solitary cell for refusing to wear a prison uniform to court.

 

Arrests-Detentions

  • 36 Azeri activists and citizens arrested in Urmia, on their way to a nature hike organised to commemorate the International Day for Victims of Torture, 26 June 2013. Among them, Saeed Abdi, Somayeh Ali-Doust, Professor at Urmiah University, Meysam Azadi, civic activist, Vahid Faezpour, blogger, Gholam Gholizadeh, civic activist, Nima, Sina and Tohid Hasani, Paria and Sevda Khalilzadeh, Milad (Saboutaee) Koulani, Saeed Lotfi, Ali Nakouei, green activist, Vahid Nasibi, Masoumeh Parivazh, Sima Sakeni, Hossein and Zahra Zad-Ghasem, and Morteza Zarin.
  • Hanif Rahmani arrested at home in Karaj.
  • Dr. Ali Nazeri arrested and sent to Evin to serve his 1 year sentence.
  • Gita Rezaei-Zinalani, software engineer, arrested in Kermanshah.
  • Hadi Ghezelbash, Kurdish political activist from Salmas, arrested.
  • Ahmad Asgari, student activist and journalist arrested.

 

Liberations

  • Seyyed Ahmad-Reza Ahmadpour, cleric, freed at the end of his sentence.
  • Ali Amini released on furlough.
  • After finishing 1 year prison sentence, journalist and women’s rights activist Zhila Baniyaghoub was released.
  • Behnam Ebrahimzadeh released on furlough.
  • Houshang Fanaian, released on parole.
  • Saeed Jalalifar released on furlough.
  • Morteza Khosravi-Rad released on furlough.
  • Behnam Nikzad, Rouhani campaign member, freed.
  • Ali Orojzadeh, Rouhani campaign member, freed.
  • Nasrin Sotoudeh human rights lawyer was released on furlough for 4 days.
  • Amin-Farid Yahyaei, Rouhani campaign member, freed.
  • Detained City Council election candidates in Bokan, released on bail.

 

Other News

  • Mohammad-Amin Abdollahi, sentenced to execution, on hunger strike at Urmia prison.
  • Afshin Osanloo, workers’ rights activist sentenced to 5 years in Rejaei Shahr, dies of a heart attack after his transfer to hospital.
  • 2-day hunger strike by 11 labour activists to protest beatings, harsh conditions at Rajai Shahr prison.
  • Two poisonous snakes found in female ward of Evin Prison.

 

News of injustice in Iran

  • Hasan Asadi-Zeidabadi sentenced to 1 million toman fine for not appearing during his trial.
  • Seyyed Mahmoud Bagheri sentenced to 1 million toman fine for not appearing during his trial.
  • Emad Bahavar sentenced to 1 million toman fine for not appearing during his trial.
  • Mohammad-Hossein Naeemipour sentenced to 1 million toman fine for not appearing during his trial.
  • Mohsen Sadeghi-Nour sentenced to 1 million toman fine for not appearing during his trial.
  • 3 men and one woman hanged in Shahr-e-Kord.
  • Hand amputation sentences of six prisoners in Shiraz confirmed.
  • 2 people executed in Esfahan.

 

University – Culture

  • Architect Abdolaziz Farmafarmayan dies aged 97.
  • Golestan Palace enters UNESCO World heritage.
  • Teachers’ Union, Iran Teachers’ Association, has been declared illegal.

 

Iran abroad

  • Lebanese foreign minister arrives in Tehran.
  • Iran hands over 41 Pakistani deportees.
  • Bosnia expels third Iranian diplomat.

 

Iran Economics

  • $1 = 2700 toman on Monday, 3370 on Wednesday.
  • Annual inflation for 12 months ending in June announced as 32.6%; inflation in food items at 51.9%

 

Iran Politics

  • Complaint filed against Mashaei, Ahmadinejad’s chief of staff.

 

Miscellaneous

  • Iran burns 100 tons of illicit drugs.
  • Volleyball : Iran beats Italy finishing the match 3-1.

 

 

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News from Iran – Week 25 – 2013

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Prisoners’ News

Transfers

  • Zhila Bani-Yaghoub transferred to Tehran clinic, then to hospital for one night, after an accidental head injury.
  • Ali Moezi exiled from Evin prison to central penitentiary of Karaj.
  • Afshin Osanlou passed away in hospital after suffering a heart attack in Evin.

 

Arrests-Detentions

  • More than 90 civilians and activists arrested in Tabriz.
  • Arash Mohammadi, student activist, arrested during election celebration in Tabriz. Severely beaten, he launches a hunger strike.
  • Behnam Nikzad, Ali Orojzadeh, Amin-Farid Yahyaei, members of Rouhani campaign, arrested in Tabriz.
  • Ali Raouf, workers’ rights activist, arrested in Tehran.
  • Hasan Saremi, brother of activist Ali Saremi who was executed in 2010, arrested together with his children Shahla and Hamed Saremi.
  • Pezhman Zafarmand arrested again.
  • Arash Nasirzadeh begins serving his 6 months sentence in Evin.

 

Liberations

  • Omid Abdolvahabi, a Tehran-based reporter for the Mardomsalari newspaper and the Reform website has been released.
  • Jounalist Ali Ghazali has been released
  • Shirin Mir-Karimi has been released.
  • Mohammad Parsi, arrested during Rohani meeting, released.
  • Jounalist Foad Sadeghi has been released.

 

Other News

  • Jailed Baha’i IT specialist Azizollah Samandari receives New Zealand “Supreme Commitment Award”.

 

News of injustice in Iran

  • Mohammad (Kourosh) Nasiri sentenced to 11 years in exile for Facebook participation.
  • Saeed Madani sentenced to 6 years in prison and 10 years of exile.
  • Mojtaba Seyyed-Alaedin Hossein, Christian from Shiraz, sentenced to 52 months in prison.
  • Homayoun Shokoohi, Christian from Shiraz, sentenced to 52 months in prison.
  • Mohammad-Reza Partoei (Kourosh), Christian from Shiraz, sentenced to 44 months in prison.
  • Vahid Haghani, Christian from Shiraz, sentenced to 44 months in prison.
  • Mehdi Koukhian, Azeri activist, sentenced to 1 year in prison by Appeals.
  • Ehsan Houshmand sentenced to one year suspended.
  • Detention extended for one week for Jamileh Karimi.
  • Sentence cancelled for political activist Abbas Valizadeh on appeal.
  • One hanging in Rejaei Shahr prison.
  • 14 unannounced executions in Hormozgan prisons.
  • Abolition of public hangings due to international demands and Human Rights in Ghazvin.

 

University – Culture

  • Famous musician Jalil Shahnaz has died.
  • Famous writer Fahimeh Rahimi died.
  • Several printing facilities closed down in Qom for publishing unlicensed material and unauthorized books
  • Iran’s Ministry of Science puts a halt to forcing university professors into early retirement.
  • Iranian films in Moscow Festival line-up.

 

Protests

  • Protest rally against destruction of heritage homes in Yazd.
  • Protesters in Kermanshah chant, “Leave Syria alone, think of us instead!”

 

Iran abroad

  • USA, Great Britain and France declared readiness to work with new president.
  • UK’s Supreme Court quashes British sanctions on Iranian bank.
  • Iran seizes two UAE fishing boats in Gulf, arrests 13.
  • FM meets Swiss Ambassador to Tehran.

 

Iran Economics

  • Azmayesh Factory workers have not been paid for 9 Months.
  • 220 jobs lost after tobacco factory closed down.
  • Iran currency the rial gains 9% in just one week: 1US$=33,000 rial.
  • Iran Supreme Audit Court: Central Bank devalued national currency.

 

Iran Politics

  • Final Results: Total 36704k. Rouhani 18613k, Ghalibaf 6077k, Jalili 4168k, Rezaee 3884k, Velayati 2268k, Gharazi 446k
  • Ahmadinejad summoned to court following a complaint from Larijani.
  • Official results of Tehran council: 18 principalists and 13 reformists.
  • To improve the working relations between the two branches, Rouhani appointed Mohammad Bagher Nobakht, to represent the executive branch and Ali Larijani appointed Mohammad Reza Bahonar to represent the legislative branch.
  • Ahmadinejad went to Khamenei 3 times before the election asking for a Supreme Leader decree for Mashaei’s qualification to run, he refused.

 

Miscellaneous

  • Iran qualifies for 2014 football World Cup to be held in Brazil.

 

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News from Iran – Week 24 – 2013

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Prisoners’ News

Transfers

  • Javad Abou-Ali and Mohammad Danaei transferred to Behbahan prison.

 

Arrests-Detentions

  • Akbar Amini arrested again.
  • Senior Reformist Mohsen Aminzadeh is back in Evin prison after medical furlough extension was denied.
  • Labour and child rights activist, Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, returned to Evin.
  • Journalist Hesamedin Eslamlou, the arts et culture editor of Pasargard publication in Sirjan has been arrested.
  • National Front member Issa Khan Hatami summoned by Intel then arrested and sent to Evin to start serving 2 years prison term.
  • Mohammad Reza Khosravi, brother of death row political prisoner Gholamreza Khosravi was arrested.
  • Journalist Mehdi Mahmoudian is back in Rejaei Shahr prison after furlough extension was denied.
  • Mehdi Rahmani, of Yarsani faith, arrested for filming suicide of another member of same religion.
  • Mehdi Farmani, Azita Rastei-Firouzzadeh, Mohammad-Reza Vahedi, students at Shiraz University, and Amin Vatani, arrested after Rohani campaign meeting.
  • Fatemeh Ziaei-Azad arrested again.
  • 5 Council Union members of the Abbaspour University, Tehran have been arrested.

 

Liberations

  • Omid Kharazmian released on bail from Evin.
  • Naeim Salavati, arrested during Ayatollah Taheri’s funeral in Esfahan, has been released.

 

 

News of injustice in Iran

  • Political prisoner Saman Nasim’s death penalty sentence confirmed.
  • Life sentence of Abdolreza Ghanbari reduced to 15 years.
  • Gonabadi Dervish, Mostafa Abdi, sentenced to 3 years in prison by Tehran’s Revolutionary Court.
  • Jailed cleric, blogger Mohammad-Sadegh (Arash) Honarvar-Shojaei-Khoee sentenced to an additional 15 months in prison.
  • Political prisoner Mohammad-Hossein Rezaei (serving total 45 years) on hunger strike (sewed lips) moved to solitary.
  • Seyyed Mahmoud-Alireza Tabatabaei, lawyer of Rafsanjani’s family sentenced to 50 lashes + 4 months jail; banned from practicing law for 5 years.

 

University – Culture

  • Asghar Farhadi received Great Vermeil Medal of Paris.
  • Talkhon Hamzavi wins Student Academy Award for her film “Parvaneh”.
  • Satellite dishes confiscated in Salmas County.

 

Iran abroad

  • Protest against Hezbollah outside Iran embassy in Beirut : one dead.
  • Three members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards killed in Syria.
  • Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Deputy Foreign Minister, visits Moscow to discuss Syrian crisis.
  • Ali Akbar Salehi meets German Ambassador in Tehran.
  • Closure of the border between Iran and Iraq for three days.Nasrin Sotoudeh given honorary degree by York University. Karim Lahiji, FIDH president, accepts it on her behalf

 

Iran Politics

  • Mashai appealed to Iran’s Supreme Leader to let him join the race for president.
  • Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel quit Iran presidential race.
  • Security forces raid campaign headquarters of presidential candidates Aref and Rouhani in Shiraz and Rouhani’s campaign offices in Buchehr.
  • Mohammad Reza Aref pulled out of the race in favor of Hassan Rouhani.
  • Iran reportedly set up secret detention centers ahead of elections.

 

Miscellaneous

  • Iran beats Lebanon 4 – 0 in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification.

 

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News from Iran – Week 47 – 2012

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Prisoners’ News

Transfers

Human Rights activist Abolfazl Abedini is back in Evin after being taken to Ahvaz prison Thursday for testifying in Sattar Beheshti case – Ahvaz prison refused to accept him. He begins a dry hunger strike on Tuesday after being transferred to solitary 209 and stops it on Thursday when back to 350.

Imprisoned, disabled Iran-Iraq veteran and civil rights activist Nader Babaei taken to hospital.

Mehdi Karroubi and Mir-Hossein Mousavi transferred to hospital for some hours.

5 days after activist Saeed Madani was transferred from 209 to 350, they took him back to Intel ward 209

Reza Shahabi transferred to hospital for medical examinations.

Nasrin Sotoudeh is back to Evin general ward but still on hunger strike.

Ahmad Zeidabadi, imprisoned Secretary General of Advare Tahkim (Alumni Society) has been taken to hospital.

 

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

Fars Ahmadi, Kurd citizen of Ravansar, arrested and sent to Dizelabad prison in Kermanshah.

Hadi Aghaei, Kurd citizen of Ravansar, arrested and sent to Dizelabad prison in Kermanshah.

Ovjan Akbari, member of pan-iranist party, arrested in Reza Kermani’s house and transferred to Karaj police station.

Kasra Alasavand, member of pan-iranist party, arrested in Reza Kermani’s house and transferred to Karaj police station.

Foad Angoushtan, Kurd citizen of Ravansar, arrested and sent to Dizelabad prison in Kermanshah.

Ashkan and Saman Badiei-Arani, Baha’i from Karaj arrested.

Poet Dr. Mostafa Badkoubei reported to Evin to start serving his 18 months sentence.

Farhad Baghbani, member of pan-iranist party, arrested in Reza Kermani’s house and transferred to Karaj police station.

Farhad Eghbal, Baha’i citizen arrested in Gorgan.

Hooman Eskandari, member of pan-iranist party, arrested in Reza Kermani’s house and transferred to Karaj police station.

Foad Fahandezh, Baha’i from Gorgan arrested.

Hossein Falah previous president of NGOs in Ghazvin arrested.

Parastou Forouhar arrested at the airport, her passport confiscated.

Behrooz Ghobadi, brother of film maker Bahman Ghobadi arrested.

Hossein Javid, member of pan-iranist party, arrested in Reza Kermani’s house and transferred to Karaj police station.

Hojat Kalashi, member of pan-iranist party, arrested in Reza Kermani’s house and transferred to Karaj police station.

Payam Markazi, Baha’i from Gorgan arrested.

Adel Moradi, Kurd citizen of Ravansar, arrested and sent to Dizelabad prison in Kermanshah.

Ramezan Mozafari, Kurd citizen of Ravansar, arrested and sent to Dizelabad prison in Kermanshah.

Pedram Nasrollahi, workers’ rights activist begins serving his sentence at Sanandaj prison.

Bakhtiar Nazari, Kurd citizen of Ravansar, arrested and sent to Dizelabad prison in Kermanshah.

Ghafar Pormor, Kurd citizen of Ravansar, arrested and sent to Dizelabad prison in Kermanshah.

Shargh newspaper reporter/Gonabadi Dervishes activist Alireza Roshan started serving out 1 year prison term.

Siamak Sadri, Baha’i from Gorgan arrested.

Majid Sedaghat, 24 years old, went to Evin to serve his 1 year sentence.

Hossein Shahriari, member of pan-iranist party, arrested in Reza Kermani’s house and transferred to Karaj police station.

Alireza Soleimani, member of pan-iranist party, arrested in Reza Kermani’s house and transferred to Karaj police station.

Political prisoner Mostafa Tajzadeh released on furlough Tuesday is back in Evin. Furlough was not extended.

29 arrested including a poet Abu Shaima attending the funeral of an Ahvaz poet Sattar al-Sayahi.

 

C-Liberations

One Million Signatures Campaign member Zeinab Bayazidi, has been released from prison after 4 years and 5 months.

Political activist Mahmoud Dordkeshan has been released on a 1 week furlough.

Civil activist Vahid Habibcheshmeh released from Tabriz prison after serving out his 6 months sentence.

 

D-Other News

Mehdi Karroubi is back at home.

By order of the Prosecutor all in-person visits for female political prisoners have been suspended until further notice.


News of injustice in Iran

Labor activist Saeed Hadi Daneshyar has been sentenced to 3 years in prison in Shiraz

Retired teacher Masoumeh Dehghan, wife of jailed Human Rights lawyer Abdolfatah Soltani, gets one-year jail suspended for 5 years + 5 years ban on leaving country.

Mahabad Payam Nour University student Jamal Ghadernezhad has been sentenced to 5 years for association with a banned group.


University – Culture

Dormitory students of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences protested bad food, lack of facilities & lack of accountability.

Two journalists attacked in Iran.


Protests

Women stopped by security forces entering the shrine of late dissident cleric Ayatollah Montazeri.

Workers’ Rights rally in opposition to current labour laws changes.

At the end of the one-day strike at Noorad Pipe Factory in Saveh to protest the withholding of salaries, worker rights’ activist Mohammad Raouf, was not allowed to return to the factory.


Iran Economics

Ericsson helps Iran telecoms, letter reveals long-term deal.

Iran has extended Lebanon a USD 40 million loan to finance construction of a water dam.

China Classification Society (CCS) ended its certification of Iranian vessels


Politics in Iran

Several people “terrorist elements related to foreign intelligence services” have been arrested in Khuzestan.

A new law will oblige single women to have a legal guardian until they are 40 years old.

Two Afghan refugees killed by Iranian border police.

Reformists prepare to set up united front ahead of elections.


Iran  abroad

A delegation of MPs + Minister of Foreign Affairs will go to Gaza.

U.S. denies visas to Iran officials for U.N. meeting.

Iran denies supplying Fajr-5 rockets to Gaza militants.

Iran speaker confirms military aid to Hamas.


Miscellaneous

Arrests in Shush following pipeline explosion.

Acute shortage of Deferoxamine threatening the lives of patients with Thalassemia in Iran.

 

 

News from Iran – Week 13 – 2012

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News of the Prisoners

A-Transfers

  • Peyman Aref

    Peyman Aref, student activist, transferred to Modarres hospital on day 4 of his hunger strike, handcuffed and shackled; refuses to stay in this condition and asks to be returned to Evin. He breaks hunger strike.

  • Political prisoner Mohammad Ali Velayati on day 8 of hunger strike was taken to Evin clinic.


B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Aydin Khajei arrested in Tabriz to serve his 6 months sentence.
  • Political prisoner Hamzeh Karami is back in Evin after one week out on furlough.
  • Sharif University student Ali Akbar Mohammadzadeh back in Evin after Norooz furlough.
  • Arrest of Ghasem Nazeri activist from Fars province.
  • National/Religious activist Masoud Pedram is back in Evin after 6 days out on furlough for Norooz.
  • Ali Asghar Seijani, Director of documentary called ‘The Reappearance is Nigh’, arrested -again.


C-Liberations

  • Bahai poet and writer Natolli Derakshan free on bail
  • Journalist Mehdi Mahmoudian have been released on furlough.
  • Journalist Ahmad Zeidabadi has been released on furlough.


D-Other News

Masoud Bastani

Masoud Bastani

  • To mark the 999 days of imprisonment of journalist Masoud Basatani, 83 journalists published a letter in his honor.
  • Intel agents attempted arrest of newly released Behrooz Javidtehrani in a raid of his home Saturday failed. He wasn’t home.
  • Mousavi and wife still under house arrest were allowed to have a visit lasting three hours with their daughters in the presence of security forces.
  • Telephone is cut with Evin 350.


News of injustice in Iran

  • Appeals Court has sentenced Kurdish cultural activist Edris Aag to 1 year.
  • Jafar Azarnoush has been sentenced to 8 months by court in Mahabad on charges of collaboration with a banned political group.
  • Appeals Court has sentenced Kurdish cultural activist Edris Borna to 1 year
  • Gholamreza Hosseini sentenced to nine years for having contact with foreign governments.
  • Court of Appeals in West Azarbaijan has reduced sentence of cultural activist Jalal Naseri from 5 to 4 years.
  • Appeals Court has sentenced Kurdish cultural activist Naser Naseri to 1 year
  • Student activist Nima Pouryaghoub already sentenced to six years has been sentenced to 91 additional days for insulting Aytollah Sistani.
  • Court of Appeals in West Azarbaijan has reduced sentence of cultural activist Ghasem Rahimi from 8 to 4 years.


University  – Culture

  • Cyber defence will be added to the curriculum of some of universities.
  • 650 Websites Blocked in the Final Days of the Year.
  • Following hardliners’ protests; Hozeh Honari’s cinemas stop the screening of films “Guidance Patrol” and “private”.
  • Film “Chroniques d’un Iran interdit” of Manon Loizeau wins Grand prix du Festival international du grand reportage d’actualité et du documentaire de société (Figra) 2012 in Le Touquet and the Audience Award.
  • Bulldozers demolished some part of Yazd’s historical context during norouz holidays.
  • Iran suspends accreditation for Reuters in Tehran.


Protests

  • Haft-Tappeh sugar factory workers go on strike for 3 days.


Economy in Iran

  • In Iran 18% of all workers have two jobs, the share of labour from GNP is 25%.
  • Exchange rate for 1 US Dollar : 1920 Toman ; 1 Euro : 2560 Toman.
  • Iran remains one of China’s top three sources of oil.


Iran  abroad

  • 17 persons sanctioned by EU Mousa Khalil Elahi, Ali Farhadi, Reza Jafari, Toraj Kazemi, Sadeq Larijani, Ali Mirhejazi, Saeed Mortazevi, Malek Ajdar Rahimi, Gholamhossein Ramazani, Mohammad Ali Ramin, Ghodomani Razavi, Bahman Reshte Ahmadi, Ali Rezvanmanesh, Mohammad Sadeghi,Ali Saeedi, Reza Taqipour, Ezzatollah Zarghami.
  • All Turkish banks but one have stopped processing payments for Iranian customers.
  • Ahmadinejad met with his Tajik counterpart in Dushanbe.
  • Iran and Iraq close their joint border crossing for security reasons ahead of the Arab League summit in Baghdad.
  • Three mass graves found in MKO Camp Ashraf with more then 50 bodies.
  • Iran supports agreement between Kofi Anan and Damas.
  • Brazil, Russia, India, and China leaders say dialogue is only solution for Syria and Iran.
  • Immigration offices are prohibited activities in Iran.


Politics in Iran

  • Government, anticipating second phase adds 28,000 tomans (~$22) to monthly subsidies overnight but to 10% fewer households. Majlis calls the addition to the subsidies illegal, apparent violation of laws.
  • Iran building a strategic stockpile of grain in anticipation of harsher sanctions or even military conflict.
  • Premier Erdogan was received at the airport by Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi (and not by Ahmadinejad).
  • Ahmadinejad met with Syrian President’s special envoy.
  • Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Akbar Qarehbaghi member of the Assembly of Experts, passed away at 75 years old.
  • Hasan Dana’ifar, Iran’s ambassador to Iraq, will attend the Arab League summit meeting in Iraq.


Miscellaneous

  • Past National team goalkeeper is banned from exiting country and is given 54 lashes for old complaint.
  • Ship with Brazilian sugar for Iran Is hijacked.