News from Iran – Week 02 – 2013

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Prisoners’ News

A-Transfers

 

  • Faezeh Hashemi-Rafsanjani, transferred back to general ward and allowed to meet her siblings.
  • Imprisoned senior Reformist Mostafa Tajzadeh had been transferred to Farabi hospital then returned to prison after few hours.

 

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

 

  • Prominent Azari activist Ayat Mehrali Biglou arrested in City of Soufian and transferred to Intel detention in Tabriz.
  • Anisa Fanaian to begin serving her sentence of 22 months next week.
  • Journalist Mohammad Kimyaei arrested in a raid of his home.
  • National-Religious activist Masoud Ladeni arrested in Ahvaz and taken to Karoon prison to start serving 2 year sentence.
  • Shahrooz Mamadi arrested by Intel in Salmas.
  • Labor activist Mohammad Molaei was summoned and arrested in Mahabad.
  • Sirvan Hossein Panahi, nephew of Kurdish political prisoner Anvar Hossein Panahi arrested.
  • Mehdi Tahaghoghi was arrested at home and sent to prison to start serving his 6 year sentence.
  • Shakiba Vahdat, Baha’i from Babolsar, arrested in Tabriz.
  • 5 members of underground music group arrested by police.

 

C-Liberations

 

  • Hadi Arabghobadi has been released on bail on furlough.
  • Release on furlough of Human Rights lawyer Mohammad-Ali Dadkhah.
  • Activist Masoud Hosseinzadeh released from Tabriz prison after completing his 6 month sentence.
  • Ahmadinejad’s press adviser Javanfekr released on furlough again.
  • Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani released from prison again.
  • Labor activist Reza Shahabi has been released on furlough after 23 days on hunger strike.

 

D-Other News

 

  • Younes Aghayan on hunger strike in solitary confinement.
  • Political prisoner Saeed Matinpour has launched a hunger strike protesting the denial of Medical furlough to Reza Shahabi.


News of injustice in Iran

  • Sentence to death of Ahvazi prisoners Seyed Jaber and Mokhtar Alboosookeh upheld by Supreme Court.
  • Sentence to death of Ahvazi prisoner Mohammad Ali Amoori upheld by Supreme Court.
  • Detained opposition leader’s eldest son, Mohammad Hossein Karroubi has been sentenced to 6 months.
  • Sentence to death of Ahvazi prisoner Hadi Rashedi upheld by Supreme Court.
  • Sentence to death of Ahvazi prisoner Hashem Shaabani upheld by Supreme Court.
  • Saeed Shirzad earthquake aid worker arrested in E. Azarhbaijan sentenced to 1 yr suspended sentence.
  • One man hanged in Yasouj on Friday.
  • 2 men hanged in Shahrekord on Saturday, 2 others in Khorramabad.


University – Culture

  • Opposition leader Mousavi -under house arrest- suspended from work as University professor due to absenteeism.
  • Iran developing ‘Smart Control’ software for social-networking sites.
  • New archeological discoveries in Afraz (Bam fault).
  • Persons involved in making of the film ‘A Respectable Family’ summoned to court
  • Iranian writer and translator Shiva Arastooee’s 5-year ban from publishing.
  • Milad Samimi Darzi, Baha’i, expelled from Babol University.


Iran Economics

  • Imports decrease by near 5 billion Dollars in 9 months.
  • Average rise in cost of living = 60%; Possible rise in minimum wage =18-20%.
  • Domestic flights in Iran cancelled because of debts to National Oil Company.
  • Turkey continues to trade gold for Iran’s natural gas.
  • Inflation reaches 27% in Iran.


Politics in Iran

  • Rafsandjani is not a candidate to presidential election but accepts to be a counselor to potential candidat Ali Mottaheri.
  • Iran’s intelligence ministry threatens reformists with mass arrest.
  • Businesses selling products that “violate Islamic cultural values” shut down.


Iran  abroad

  • US deports Amirhossein Sairafi, an Iranian accused of nuclear smuggling.
  • Syrian rebels swap 48 Iranians for government prisoners.
  • Australia expands sanctions against Iran.
  • FM meets Egyptian President, UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria.
  • Iraqi Kurdistan PM makes secret visit to Iran.


Miscellaneous

  • Iran seizes two Saudi fishing boats.

 

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News from Iran – Week 01 – 2013

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Prisoners’ News

A- Transfers

  • Political prisoner Hasan Ashtiani has been transferred from Evin to Rejaei Shahr prison.
  • Political Prisoner Mashallah Haeri hospitalized with heart respiratory problems due to wrong medicine.
  • Faezeh Hashemi, daughter of former president Rafsanjani has been moved to Ward 209 solitary confinement.
  • Dr. Mehdi Khazali has been transferred back to Ward 209 solitary and launched a new hunger strike.
  • Political prisoner Raheleh Zokaii transferred to Gharchak Prison, Varamin.
  • Two Baha’i infants imprisoned with their mothers transferred to hospital.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Moshtagh Anvari, Baha’i from Zahedan, arrested and sent to Intelligence ministry.
  • Green activist and popular singer Arya Aramnejad started serving his 91 days sentence.
  • Verveer Avanessian, priest of a house-church, arrested during Christmas eve in Tehran.
  • Farshid Dadvar, Baha’i from Zahedan, arrested and sent to Intelligence ministry.
  • Mansour Dashtban, arrested after summon in Isfahan.
  • Gonabadi Dervishes’ lawyer Mostafa Daneshjoo returned to prison from hospital before completing treatment.
  • Mona Majidi arrested in Sangsar with her 9 months son and sent to Semnan prison to serve her 6 months sentence.
  • Furlough extension was denied to Seyed Jalal Nabavi, he is back in Qom prison.
  • Rahim SarKar, editor of the weekly “Hadis-e Qazvin” arrested –again.
  • Sedigheh Shokati, Baha’i from Zahedan, arrested and sent to Intelligence ministry.
  • 88 currency traders and gold coin dealers arrested in Tehran.

C-Liberations

  • Negar Haeri the daughter of political prisoner Mashallah Haeri has been released.
  • Mohammad Karimi, Kurdish workers’ rights activist, released on bail.
  • Jamal Minashiri, Kurdish workers’ rights activist, released on bail.
  • Ebrahim Mostafa, Kurdish workers’ rights activist, released on bail.
  • Ghasem Mostafapour, Kurdish workers’ rights activist, released on bail.
  • Baha’i Zohreh Nikaeen allowed 5 day’s leave from Semnan prison, her baby took sick and was sent to hospital.
  • Imprisoned Trade Unionist on hunger strike Reza Shahabi granted medical furlough.
  • Farid Taheri, member of the Freedom Movement of Iran was released after completing 3 years sentence.
  • Hadi Tanoumand, Kurdish workers’ rights activist, released on bail.

D-Other News

  • Mohammad-Hossein Nakhaei, 85 years old, denied phone and visitations rights.
  • Political prisoner Mostafa Nili ended his hunger strike launched 8 days ago in protest to being moved to Rejaei Shahr
  • Father of Zahra Rahnavard -wife of opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi, under house arrest- passed away. She was not allowed to attend funerals.
  • Despite having finished serving 20 years sentence, Urmiah prison officials prevent release of Kurdish political prisoner Ali Sadeghi.
  • Attorney/Human Rights activist Seyed Mohammad Seifzadeh refused to appear in court wearing prison uniform.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Yousef Abdi sentenced to 1 year in prison.
  • Mokhtar Alyasi sentenced to 1 year in prison.
  • Ali Akbar Baghbani, the Head of Teachers Trade Association sentenced to 1 year in prison and 10 years exile in Zabol.
  • Kamal Kehzri sentenced to 1 year in prison.
  • 2 executions in Urmiah prison.
  • 4 executions in Ghezel Hesar prison in Karaj.
  • 4 executions in Yazd central prison.
  • 10 executions in Taybad on Wednesday.
  • 1 execution in Ysooj on Wednesday.

University – Culture

  • Ban on Iranian newspaper, Shargh – lifted.
  • Bahai student Misagh Imam Verdi expelled from the university in Tehran

Protests

  • Protest of lawyers in front of Bar Association.
  • 2,400 Workers of Saveh Rolling and Profile Mills Co on strike on Saturday Dec 29 protesting 6 months unpaid wages.

Iran Economics

  • Opening of a new sugar factory in Ahvaz in spite of recent closure of another with more than 50 years in operation.
  • Public hospitals in Iran on the verge of bankruptcy due to lack of payment by insurance companies.

Politics in Iran

  • Iran’s intelligence ministry threatens reformists with mass arrest.

Iran abroad

  • Iran’s Ambassador to Syria Mohammad Reza Sheibani met with UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi in Damascus on Wednesday.
  • Iran’s Ambassador to Beirut Ghazanfar Roknabadi and Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati held talks on Syria on Friday.

Miscellaneous

  • A small US plane stuck in Iran -near city of Ahvaz- for repair after emergency landing.
  • During the past two months; 3 hemophilia patients died due to medication shortage.
  • Baha’i cemetery in Sangsar destroyed by bulldozers.
  • Sailors holding 8 crew from India captive on boat bought with Germany bank loan.
  • All schools closed again on Tuesday and Wednesday due to air pollution in Tehran.

 

 

News from Iran – Week 52 – 2012

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Prisoners’ News

A- Transfers

 

  • Younes Aghayan, death row political prisoner, moved from Mahabad to solitary in Oromieh prison.
  • Kamal Kashani, Payam Markazi, Siamak Sadri, Fahrmand Sana’i, Kourosh Ziari, Farhad and Foad Fahandezh, all Baha’is, transferred from Evin to Rajaei Shahr.
  • Student activist Mostafa Nili transferred from Evin to Rajaei Shahr.
  • Death row Kurdish political prisoner Houshang Rezaei moved to Rajaei Shahr prison after 6 months in Evin 209 solitary.
  • Human Rights’ lawyer Mohammad Seifzadeh transferred from Evin to Rajaei Shahr.
  • Reza Sharifi Bokani who is serving a 3-year sentence in Rajai Shahr Prison has been moved to an unknown location.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

 

  • Ali Akbar Javanfekr is back to Evin after medical leave.
  • Baha’i Mona Majidi arrested along with her 9 month old baby and transferred to Semnan prison to start serving 6 months sentence.
  • Pastor Yousef Naderkhani sent to Lakan prison in Rasht to serve the 45 days remaining of his 3 years sentence.
  • Pouya Tabianian, Baha’i begins serving his 6 year sentence in Semnan.

 

C-Liberations

 

  • Heshmatollah Tabarzadi

    Heshmatollah Tabarzadi

    President of Kurdistan Human Rights Organisation, Mohammad Sedigh Kaboudvand released on 700 Million Tomans bail after 5 1/2 years in prison on 4 day furlough.

  • Political prisoner Mohammadreza Moghayeseh has been released on a 4 day medical furlough.
  • Anvar Moslemi, Behzad Zabihei, Baha’i from Mashhad, released on 50 million Tomans bail each.
  • Prominent Iran activist Heshmat Tabarzadi granted furlough.
  • Ashkan Zamani, Baha’i from Mashhad, released on bail.

 

D-Other News

 

  • Dr. Mehdi Khazali has been moved from 209 solitary to Ward 350. He ended his hunger strike on Dec 20.
  • 26-year-old Abbas Mahdi Kori, young prisoner who suffered extreme pain, died in central prison in Bandar-Abbas, his pleas ignored by guards.
  • Nasrin Sotoudeh accompanied by security forces was to be allowed to attend the burial services of her mother but the service was cancelled.


News of injustice in Iran

  • Keyvan Ahmadi, Kurdish citizen, sentenced to 4 years.
  • Aria Aramnezhad, singer, sentenced to 3 months by Appeal court.
  • Delavar Bodekan, Kurdish citizen, sentenced to 6 months.
  • Faramarz Firouzian, Baha’i from Semnan, previously sentenced to 4.5 years in prison, sentenced by Appeals to 1 year.
  • Amin Roghani, student activist from Semnan, sentenced by Appeals to 9 months in prison.
  • Tahereh Rostampour sentenced to 5 years in prison.
  • Azizeh Shafieian, 68 years old, has been sentenced to 1 year imprisonment + 5 years suspended prison term + 5 years ban from foreign travel
  • Ali Shariati, blogger, sentenced by Appeals to 9 months in prison.
  • Naser Sodagari sentenced to 5 years in prison + 5 years in exile in Zahedan.
  • Pouyan Sodagari sentenced to 6 years in prison + 6 years in exile in Kerman.
  • Political prisoner Hani Yazerloo sentence of 1 year in prison and 15 year exile in Mashhad confirmed.
  • One man hanged in Sari on Christmas day.
  • 5 public executions in Yassoj on Thursday.
  • One Afghan national executed in Damghan on Thursday.
  • One execution in Semnan on Thursday.


University – Culture

  • Top Iranian university [ Sanati Sharif Uni. in Tehran] among new sanction targets.
  • Shargh newspaper acquitted of insulting veterans of the 1980s Iran-Iraq War.


Protests

  • 300 workers of Fajr Petrochem of Mahshahr are on strike again.
  • Retired metal workers meet for a protest in Tehran.


Iran Economics

  • Largest private factory of Esfahan is in crisis: layoff of 1000 workers and overdue wages of 4000 workers.
  • Closure of Yasouj Flour factory displaced its 86 workers who were due to retire soon.
  • $1 = 3500 tomans.
  • 50% of employees at Parand Industrial Complex have been laid off.
  • Overnight looting in Tehran’s grand bazaar.
  • Exports to Iran from UAE dropped by nearly a third in the first half of 2012.
  • Iran regime exporting 20 tons of gold to Syria to save its currency, while Iran’s currency is failing


Politics in Iran

  • Iran ends fuel subsidies for passenger cars with 1,800cc engines.
  • Khamenei directly responsible for house arrest of opposition leaders, says Police Chief.
  • Dispute escalates between MP and head of the Expediency Council Rafsanjani.
  • Ahmadinejad ousted Health Minister Dastjerdi and replaced her with Mohammad Hassan Tarighat Monfared.
  • Family of Iran ex-president, Rafsanjani, sues lawmaker ally of Ahmadinejad over corruption allegations.


Iran  abroad

  • At 175 and just below China, Iran occupies 4th place from the bottom on Press Freedom Index 2011-2012.
  • Iran to finance $300m power supply project in Pakistan.
  • Iranian ophthalmologist wins medical prize in US.
  • Spanish satellite company Hispasat stopped airing Press TV and Hispan TV.


Miscellaneous

  • Iran claims to have staved off another Stuxnet-type attack on Bandar Abbas power plant.

News from Iran – Week 22 – 2012

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News of the Prisoners

A- Transfers

  • Ebrahim Babaei transferred to hospital.
  • Imprisoned opposition cleric Ayatollah Kazemini Boroujerdi hospitalized.
  • Participation Front member Mehdi Eghbal has been released on medical furlough.
  • Political prisoner Mohamadreza Motamednia was taken to Modarres hospital and returned to Evin after treatment.
  • Reza Sharifi Bokani transferred to solitary confinement in Rajaei Shahr Prison.
  • Illegal transfer of Sharokh Zamani, Workers’ rights activist, to Yazd prison


B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Baha’i Atefeh Anvari was arrested in Isfahan.
  • Journalist Farshad Aswad arrested on his way out of the country.
  • Mohammad Ilkhanizadeh Tehran University student sentenced to 3 months prison and 74 lashes.
  • Zeynab Jafarzadeh, a student at the Teachers Seminar in Tehran, was arrested in the student dormitory and transferred to Evin Prison.
  • Baha’i Mahnaz Jan-Tasar was arrested in a raid of her home in Bandar Abbas.
  • Extension of medical furlough denied for Mahboubeh Karami, she is back to Evin.
  • Zahra Khodabakhsh, daughter of Shargh newspaper investor, detained.
  • Basimeh Kamjoo, teacher,  arrested in Fasham.
  • Mojtaba Karimi, Mohammad Moradi, and Erfan Mohammad arrested in Esfahan for distributing Kebrit, a forbidden student newspaper.
  • Journalist Sam Mahmoudi recalled to prison.
  • Manizheh Najm Araghi, writer, translator and secretary of the Writers Association, arrested.
  • Baha’i Zhinous Nourani begins serving her one year sentence in Semnan.
  • Baha’i Rofia Bidaghi begins serving her one year sentence in Semnan
  • Mohammad Rezaei, member of National-Religious party entered prison to serve his sentence.
  • Sadaf Sabetian Baha’i, arrested and sent to Evin to serve her 2 years sentence.
  • Behnam Sheikhi arrested again and sent to Intelligence detention center in Tabriz.
  • Number of Christian citizens, affiliated to “Church of Iran”, arrested in Karaj.


C-Liberations

  • Mohammad Ahadi released on bail from Tabriz prison after 4 months + 6 days.
  • Gholamhossein Azari Najababadi was released after completing his one year sentence; he was arrested during 25 Bahman (2/14/2011) protest for carrying a green flag.
  • Mehdi Forouzandeh Pour head of Mousavi office released from prison today at the end of his sentence.
  • Mehrdad Karami was released from Tabriz prison after 5 months incarceration
  • Vahid Lalipour, Mahdieh Golroo’s spouse, freed at the end of his sentence.
  • Atefeh Nabavi released from prison
  • Banned from education, Baha’i Sama Nourani was released after completing her 1 year sentence.
  • Ebrahim Rashidi was released on bail from Tabriz prison after 4 months incarceration
  • Banned from education student activist Kaveh Rezaei Shiraz has been released on furlough.
  • Rouzbeh Saadati released on bail from Tabriz prison after 4 months + 6 days.
  • Davoud Soleimani, member of Participation Front central council, freed from prison at the end of his sentence.


D-Other News

  • Arash Sadeghi began a hunger strike to support fellow-prisoner Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki.
  • Tuesday afternoon, Evin Ward 350 was raided by security forces. Political prisoners protested by chants of Ya Hossein Mir Hossein.


News of injustice in Iran

  • Sonia Ahmadi, Baha’i, sentenced by appeals to 5 years in jail.
  • Omid Firouzian, Baha’i; has been sentenced to 4 years + 6 months by lower court in Semnan.
  • Nourah Nabilzadeh Baha’i, sentenced by appeals to 5 years in jail.
  • Baha’i Pouya Tabianian has been sentenced to 6 years + 6 months by a court in Semnan.
  • Sina Zahiri sentenced to two years in prison.
  • One execution in Evin on Wednesday morning.
  • Eight people executed in Urmia prison on Thursday.

University – Culture

  • Shahre Ketab (Book City) in Boustan shopping center has been shut down.
  • Rudehen University has now been sexually segregated.
  • Turkish poetry night ceremony by Azeri students at Tehran University, cancelled.
  • Journalism scrapped from top university.
  • Foad Shams has been banned from continuing his university education.
  • Jackson Pollock painting back in Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts after a row with Iran’s customs service over unpaid debt was resolved.
  • Student activist Reza Arab suspended from Mazandaran University.
  • Mehdi Jamalvand suspended from Hamedan University.
  • 40 students summoned by Beheshti University Disciplinary Committee.
  • Babak Maghazei becomes a starred student*.
  • Jabar Dastbaz suspended from Saghez university.
  • House of Cinema permanently shut down.

* “starred students” are discriminated against and prevented from continuing their education


Protests

  • Kiosk venders in Tabriz have had a protest gathering in front of the city hall protesting the actions of the Urban Squares Organization.
  • Students at Tabriz University protest the Internet cuts/interruption to services.
  • In reported clashes in Ilam, 5 military officers are siad to have been killed and 10’s of protesters arrested.


Economy in Iran

  • $1 = 1780 tomans on Saturday, 1732 tomans on Monday.
  • Abhar Steel Factory has been closed.
  • Workers of Iran Barak have not been paid for 7 months.
  • Workers of Parris factory in Sanandaj have not been paid for a year.
  • Iran cancels $2 billion dam contract with China.
  • 80 tires factory workers laid off.


Iran  abroad

  • British Foreign Secretary W. Hague condemns violence against Ahwazi Arab Protesters.
  • IRGC Commander: Iran’s Qods force has significant presence in Syria.
  • Iran targeted by ‘Flame’ espionage virus ‘The virus could only have been created by a state’.
  • Vice president Mohammad Reza Rahimi visits Kenya.
  • 10 Iranians have been executed in Saudi Arabia. Iran summoned the Saudi ambassador to hand a note of complaint.
  • At the end of the 9th Conference for Economic Cooperation between Iran and Tajikistan in Tehran, five Memorandums of Understanding were signed.


Politics in Iran

  • ‘Bakhtiar’ dam is given to IRGC’s Khatem-Al-Anbia. [See also cancelled China project above]
  • Ali Larijani elected president of the parliament.
  • Security forces shut down the international agriculture and food exhibition in Tehran as some booth owners were in violation of Islamic dress code.
  • Iranian police restrict sale of neckties.


Miscellaneous

  • Iran, number one in opium usage in the world.
  • 62% of Iranian Olympiad winners immigrate.
  • Dust clouds appears again over Tehran.
  • Research found 5.4% of child labourers and streets kids in Iran have AIDS.
  • Launch of temporary marriage centers in Tehran.
  • Trojan targets Iranian and Syrian dissidents via proxy tool.
  • 25% of Iran’s population suffers from Psychiatric problems.