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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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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News from Iran – Week 38 – 2013

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Prisoners’ News

Transfers

  • After more than 100 days in solitary confinement, Akbar Amini was transferred to Ward 350.
  • Imprisoned Gonabadi Dervish Amir Eslami returned to Evin prison from Taleghani hospital.
  • Namegh Mahmoudi is back to Rejaei Shahr after one month in Sanandaj Intel.
  • Reza Naghavi (Behrouz) transferred to Evin 350 after being severely tortured by Fata police.
  • Foad Rezazadeh, Sunni activist, transferred to Rejaei Shahr prison.
  • Sunni prisoner Farzad Samadi transferred to solitary confinement.
  • Student activist Maryam Shafiepour transferred to hospital.
  • Prisoner Mehdi Tarekh from Bojnourd moved to Evin 350.

 

Arrests-Detentions

  • Mehdi Dolati Darabad begins serving his 5 years sentence in Evin 350.
  • Majid Dori is back to Ahvaz prison at the end of his furlough.
  • Hossein Javadi, Sunni activist, sent to Rejaei Shahr prison to serve rest of his 5 years sentence.
  • Farzad Mahdavi, Azeri civic activist, arrested in Sahand stadium in Tabriz.
  • Ahmad-Reza Nejad, writer and blogger, arrested at the airport when leaving the country.
  • Activist Arvin Sedaghat-Kish (Daftare Tahkim Vahdat) summoned to serve 3-year sentence in Evin 350.
  • Green Movement Activist Omid Shah Moradi summoned to serve his three years in Evin.

 

Liberations

  • Student activist Vahid Aligholipour released from prison after completing his 1 year sentence.
  • Mohsen Aminzadeh freed.
  • Mahsa Amrabadi freed on parole.
  • Ebrahim Babaei released on furlough.
  • Nader Babaei freed at the end of his sentence.
  • Feizollah Arab-Sorkhi freed.
  • Soghra Gholamnejad freed on parole.
  • Maryam Jalili freed on parole.
  • Mahboubeh Karami freed on parole.
  • Ali Khodabakhsh freed at the end of his sentence.
  • Zhila Makvani freed on parole.
  • Kefayat Malek Mohammadi freed on parole.
  • Mir-Taher Mousavi is freed.
  • Nasrin Sotoudeh is freed.
  • Farah Vazehan freed on parole.
  • Mohammad-Ali Velayati freed at the end of his sentence.
  • Mitra Zahmati freed on parole.
  • Hossein Zarrini freed at the end of his sentence.

 

Other News

  • 130 Sunni prisonners in Rejaei Shahr prison go on hunger strike for one day.
  • In support of AdelAbad prisoners, dervishes of ward 350 shaved their hair.

 

News of injustice in Iran

  • 10 years exile for Seyyed Ahmad-Reza Ahmadpour reduced to 2 years.
  • Bahram Akhouninejad, Azeri activist, sentenced to 91 days in prison.
  • Salman Chayan, Ahvazi activist, sentenced to 25 years in exile in Yazd.
  • Sentence of 1 year suspended for Masoumeh Dehghan, Abdolfatah Soltani’s wife, upheld by Appeals.
  • 3 years sentence of Baha’i Hamid Eslami confirmed by Appeals.
  • Naser Kazempour, Azeri activist, sentenced to 91 days in prison.
  • Detained Kurdish journalist brothers Khosrow and Masoud Kordpour acquitted but remain in custody.
  • Hamid-Reza Mohajerani, cultural counselor in Iranian embassy in Qatar, sentenced to 5 years in prison.
  • Hashem Hossein-Panahi, Kurdish cleric, sentenced to 6 years in prison and 30 lashings.
  • Ali Jishat, Ahvazi activist, sentenced to death.
  • Yasin Mousavi, Ahvazi activist, sentenced to death.
  • Majid Sefidani, Azeri activist, sentenced to 6 months in prison.
  • 3 years sentence of Baha’i Rahman Vafaei confirmed by Appeals.
  • One public execution in Ghaemshahr.
  • 3 hangings in Aligoudarz prison, Lorestan.
  • One hanging in Ghazvin.
  • 4 hangings in Rejaei Shahr on Thrusday.
  • 2 hangings in Tonekabon, one public.

 

University – Culture

  • Some professors forced into retirement return to Allamah University.
  • Farhad Daneshjoo removed as head of Free University.
  • Mohammad Khodadadi appointed managing director of IRNA.
  • Rasoulof at his arrival in Iran summoned and his personal belongings confiscated.

 

Protests

  • Expelled and suspended students gathered in front of Allameh University.
  • Human-chain protest brings halt to mining activities near Kerman.

 

Iran abroad

  • Iran and United Nations signed an agreement on humanitarian aid in the Middle East, including Syria.
  • EU court annuls sanctions against Iranian shipping line.
  • Last 42 residents of Ashraf camp sent to another camp near Bagdad.

 

Iran Economics

  • 76 Employees of Lovashan Cement Factory dismissed.
  • 1200 workers of Saveh Rolling & Profiles Mills Co. haven’t been paid wages for 3 months.
  • Export Development Bank removed from list of sanctions

 

Iran Politics

  • Rouhani tells Revolutionay Guards to stay out of politics.
  • Iran’s only Jew MP will go with Rouhani to UN general assembly.
  • Hesamoddin Ashna appointed a Cultural Advisor to Rouhani.
  • Jalili appointed to the Expediency Council.

 

Miscellaneous

  • Around 3,640 suicide [2,530 men and 1,110 women] cases registered in Iran per year.
  • A Kurdish citizen killed in Tehran by police after being beaten and kicked.
  • Iran triumph in Wrestling Worlds first day.
  • Cholera appears in Iranshahr.

 

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