News from Iran – Week 43 – 2013

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Prisoner News

Transfers

  • Political prisoner Ali Moezzi returned to prison after being taken to Karaj radiology center.
  • Workers’ rights activist Reza Shahabi, hospitalized again.

Arrests-Detentions

  • Hamid Meibedi, Davoud Mirzaei, and Alahverdi Rouhi, political activists, arrested in Karaj.
  • Elham Moghan, Baha’i from Esfahan, arrested.
  • Yahya Sarkhani begins serving his 3 years sentence in Mahabad prison.
  • More than 100 Kurds arrested in Tehran.

Liberations

  • Student activist Majid Tavakoli released on furlough from Rejaei Shahr.
  • Asadollah Asadi and Mahmoud Bagheri released on furlough from Evin.
  • Motahereh Bahrami-Haghighi and Morteza Khosravi-Rad released on furlough.
  • Political prisoner Manouchehr Maimanat has been released from Borazjan (Boushehr) prison after completing his 4 years sentence.
  • National-Religious activist Masoud Pedram has been released on a 3 day furlough.
  • Student activist Arash Sadeghi freed on bail.
  • Mehdi Tarokh released on bail.
  • Pezhman Zafarmand freed after being acquitted by Appeals.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Sentence of Baha’i Nasim Ashrafi, reduced by appeals from 3 to 1 year.
  • Babak Asiaei, cultural activist, sentenced to 4 years in prison.
  • Nasim Bagheri, Baha’i, sentenced to 4 years in prison.
  • Student activist Afshin Jamshidi sentenced to 6 months prison.
  • Student activist Zia Navabi was acquitted of the new charges filed against him. He is serving a 10 years sentence in Ahvaz prison.
  • Student activist Amir Nazeri sentenced to 6 months prison.
  • Court of Appeals has overturned the 10 month sentence of civil/cultural activist Mohtaram Rahmani, giving her a monetary fine.
  • 2 Kurdish brothers Farough and Farzad Samani sentenced to 5 years prison.
  • 6 men and 1 woman hanged in Dizelabad prison of Kermanshah.

University – Culture

  • Mahmoud Zolfonoon, the Iranian violin master, has passed away at the age of 93 in the United States.
  • Student activist Mehdi Amani prevented from pursuing his studies.

Protests

  • Protests in Hormozgan; several arrests.
  • 180 petrochemical workers stage protest.
  • Tehran Imam Khomeini Hospital’s Nurses rally against mandatory overtime.
  • Followers of Ahl-e Haqq (Yarsanism) protest in front of the parliament; 80 arrested.
  • 10,000 people in Ahvaz protest against diversion of Karoon river.

Iran abroad

  • EU parliamentary delegation, headed by Hannes Swoboda meets Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani.
  • China had seized an Iranian oil tanker bound for North Korea.
  • French MPs visit their counterpart in Iran to boost cooperation between both countries.

Iran Economics

  • Delay of 5 months’ salary for 120 soap factory workers.

Iran Politics

  • Former dismissed health minister, Marziyeh Vahid-Dastjerdi, has been appointed adviser to the Judiciary Chief.

Miscellaneous

  • 7 children injured during a mine explosion in Kurdistan.
  • Clashes between students and basij at Mazandaran University.
  • Ahwaz, the most polluted city in the world.
  • Level of carcinogen benzene in Tehran air is 10 times higher than standards.
  • 25-year-old Razi Guntari, attending a funeral service for his friend, was shot and killed by internal security forces in Shadegan.
  • Daughter of Moussavi assaulted and bitten by a female security officer.

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News from Iran – Week 51 – 2012

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Prisoners’ News

  1. Transfers

 

  • Imprisoned Trade Unionist Behnam Ebrahimzadeh moved to Ward 240’s solitary confinement.
  • Labor activist Pedram Nasrollahi serving time in Sanandaj prison has been moved to solitary and banned from visits.
  • Imprisoned labor activist Reza Shahabi suffering from severe headaches and numbness in fingers has been transferred to hospital.
  • Abdolfattah Soltani, imprisoned Human Rights lawyer transferred to hospital.

 

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

 

  • Reverend Saeed Abedini, a 32-year-old US citizen and Christian convert, arrested in August and still detained.
  • Father of labour activist Seyed Hadi Daneshyar arrested when the home was raided by security forces.
  • Assal Esmailzadeh begins serving her 8 months suspended sentence.
  • Behnam Momtazi, Baha’I from Ghazvin, arrested.
  • Adnan Rahmat-Panah, Baha’i from Shiraz, arrested and sent to Pelak 100.
  • 20 Bahais arrested in Karaj, 17 released.

 

C-Liberations

 

  • Imprisoned cleric blogger Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour broke his hunger strike on day 18 and released on furlough.
  • Journalist Reza Ansari Rad was released from Evin after serving his 1 year sentence.
  • Mehdi Hashemi released from Evin.
  • Jailed adviser of Iran leader Ali Akbar Javanfekr given medical leave.
  • Shahnam Jazbani freed on bail after suffering a heart attack in detention.
  • Navid Moalemi, Baha’i from Minoodasht, freed on bail.

 

D-Other News

 

  • Majid Asadi has started hunger strike.
  • After 4 months, imprisoned husband and wife Journalistes Zhila Baniyagoub and Bahman Amouee were allowed to visit.
  • Prisoner of conscience, Arzhang Davoodi, denied phone calls because of his recent letter published on internet.
  • Political prisoner, Asadollah Hadi, has refused family visits in solidarity with Ali Moezzi’s and Vahid Asghari’s solitary confinement.
  • Imprisoned labor activist Reza Shahabi has launched a hunger strike also refusing his medicine.
  • Nasrin Sotoudeh’s mother passed away; Nasrin was not allowed to visit her for a last farewell.
  • Majid Tavakoli called his mother for the first time after 3 years in prison and spoke with his parents.


News of injustice in Iran

  • Moloud Safaei sentenced to 5 years in prison + 5 years exile from Semnan province for taking part in Ali Saremi funerals.
  • 3 people hanged in Urmiah on Saturday.
  • One man hanged in Kashan prison on Monday.
  • 7 people were hanged in Esfahan prison on Thursday.


University – Culture

  • Persian translator of German literature Jahed Jahanshahi dies at 66.
  • Hila Sedighi, Keyvan Samimi, Isa Saharkhiz, Iran’s writers honoured by HRW for their commitment to Free Expression.


Protests

  • Protest of 400 scaffolding workers ay Resalat Square-Tehran against not being included in social security.
  • 430 workers of Amirkabir Petrochem of Mahshahr are on strike against unjust pay and contracts.
  • Workers sit in protest in front of Iran parliament sent petition with 30,000 signatures.
  • 2000 workers and drivers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company signed a petition against anti-labour law amendment.
  • Protest gathering of appliance manufacturer Azmayesh Factory workers against > 8 months overdue wages.


Iran Economics

  • Because of sanctions, the cost of treatment for breast cancer increased threefold.
  • 3000 carpet weavers were laid off in Khorasan province.
  • Layoff of 55 workers of Rail Road Co of Ahvaz.
  • Daily oil imports into China from Iran in the first 10 months of 2012 were down 22 percent on the 2011 figure.


Politics in Iran

  • The bill about women’s passports returns to Majlis to be revised.


Iran  abroad

  • 2 Iranian pilgrims killed in terrorist attack in Iraq.
  • Ahmadinejad cancels planned visit to Turkey.
  • Tajik, ex Iranian diplomat, who won British court ruling against his extradition to US, is back home.
  • U.N. General Assembly condemned North Korea, Iran and Syria for widespread Human Rights abuses.
  • Canada puts Qods Force on terrorist list and removes MKO from same list.
  • EU strengthen sanctions against Iran: 490 organisations and 105 people now.


Miscellaneous

  • Iran mine collapse in Tabas kills four workers, four other disappears.
  • Iran attacked with data-wiping malware.
  • 11 killed near Pakistan-Iran border in Balochistan Gawadar district while trying to illegally cross into neighbouring Iran.

Iran Prisoner Majid Tavakoli Awarded Student Peace Prize 2013

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Imprisoned Iranian student leader Majid Tavakoli is the winner of the Student Peace Prize of 2013. The news was announced in the main library at NTNU on Friday, 21 September, 2012 – the UN’s International Day of Peace. The Student Peace Prize is awarded every other year, on behalf of all Norwegian students. The prize committee wished to acknowledge Tavakoli for his non-violent fight for freedom of speech and democracy.

“The Student Peace Price is this year awarded to a young and brave person”

Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre.

Punished for speaking out

Majid Tavakoli is serving a prison sentence of eight years because of a speech he held in 2009, criticizing the Iranian regime. In June of that year, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had been re-elected President; the presidential election was condemned as undemocratic by the opposition, as well as by foreign organizations and leaders. The election provoked large public demonstrations, which led the regime to mount a brutal crackdown. The winner of the Student Peace Prize is honoured with a ceremony during the student festival ISFiT (International Student Festival in Trondheim) and he will also get his own monument in Jomfrugata in Trondheim, as a part of the “Walk of Peace”. In this video of his speech at Tehran’s Amir Kabir University on December 7, 2008, Majid shared the podium with many other students – including student prisoner Bahareh Hedayat – most of whom were later arrested, many tortured and jailed, still others have since fled the country for their own safety to escape the paranoid, insecure regime in Iran, a republic supposedly born out of a student revolution that will destroy itself, by seeking to repress its own offspring. I am certain, if he was free to speak, Majid would dedicate this prize to all of them.

A large area of the video foreground has been blacked out to protect some members of the crowd who were caught on film that day.

Tavakoli studied at Amir Khabir University of Technology in Teheran, Iran, where he was a prominent leader of the student organization Islamic Students’ Association. The Student Peace Prize winner is selected for working with a focus on student rights and democratization through speeches and publications. Tavakoli was imprisoned for shorter periods of time prior to this current prison sentence, and has shown that he refuses to be scared into silence.

Bahareh Hedayat

Majid Tavakoli

In December 2010, Majid Tavakoli, along with Bahareh Hedayat, issued a message on the occasion of Students Day. As a result, they both appeared in a Revolutionary Court on April 30, 2011 to face new charges of “propaganda against the regime” and “conspiring to act against national security.”

In their letter, Majid Tavakoli and Bahareh Hedayat addressed fellow activists:

“We sincerely send you our warm and heartfelt regards from the corners of our cells of injustice and cruelty. Our bodies may be wounded by the blade of tyranny, but our hearts are filled with love and burning flame of hope, and our heads are high for continuing the glorious path of freedom which has been carried away on the shoulders of the Iranian people all across the world.”

The court added a further 6 month sentence to the existing 7.5 years Majid was serving, and 6 months to to Bahareh’s existing 9.5 year sentence. Majid Tavakoli has never stopped fighting for the rights of his fellows students, even as he suffers in one of the most miserable prisons in the world. While in prison, he continued writing strongly-worded letters to the government until his family were placed under such intense pressure by the regime that he was forced to stop in order t0 protect them.

Students constitute an important group of the Iranian society and a very high percentage of young people in Iran attend colleges and universities. However, students are  often deprived of their right to education on spurious grounds and many are prosecuted in response to political activity in opposition to the regime. Students who follow the Baha’i faith are forbidden access to education and many are jailed for studying or for helping others gain access to education.

 “With his own life and future at stake he is fighting for a peaceful reform and progress through participation and democracy. The prize is a clear signal to the regime that the world is paying attention”

Jan Tore Sanner, deputy of the second largest political party in Norway (Høyre)

We are all Majid

We Are All Majid

The current regime in Iran is responsible for serious violations of the human rights. According to Amnesty International over 600 people were executed in 2011. Torture and imprisonment are also common methods practiced by the government. In the aftermath of the arrest, pictures of Tavakoli wearing a hijab [the traditional Islamic head covering for women] were released by the regime in an effort to undermine his popular influence; to humiliate and disgrace him.

Despite this, the pictures created a storm of attention surrounding Tavakoli and his case. Hundreds of Iranian men dressed themselves in hijabs and published pictures of themselves online, accompanied by the slogan “We are all Majid”. The winner of the Student Peace Prize thus became a symbol and a representative for Iranian students and political activists alike.

During the initial period of his detention, Majid spent nearly 6 months in a solitary cell. He was not aware of the reactions outside prison and not aware of campaigns in support of him. He told his friends that when he was in solitary, investigators showed him pictures of himself wearing chador published on websites. The investigators told him that people outside prison were making fun of him, and they even told him that his friends and peers signed a statement condemning his act. However, he told his friend and former room mate that he did not believe those lies. When he came out of solitary confinement, he was informed about the amazing campaign which had been built to support him.

A video compilation features many of the images that were posted as part of the “We Are All Majid” aka “Men in Scarves” Campaign:

The biggest fear: being forgotten

Amir Bayani works for the organization Article 19 and is familiar with Tavakoli and his work. He states: “anyone who has ever spoken to a prisoner of conscience in Iran can tell you that their biggest fear is being forgotten.”

I have never forgotten Majid; I think of him and all the other prisoners every day. I remember him on his birthday, May 22. Majid turned 26 this year and has spent the last three birthdays behind bars.

News from Iran – Week 17 – 2012

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News of the Prisoners

A- Transfers

  • Narges Mohammadi

    Javad Alikhani beaten and transferred to Evin 209.

  • Abbas, 24 years old, Naser, 21 years old and Teh Haydarian, 28 years old, death row Ahvazi-Arab prisoners were transferred out of public ward and taken to undisclosed location.
  • Narges Mohammadi transferred to Evin 209.
  • Alireza Rejaei transferred to Evin 2A.
  • Death row Kurdish prisoner Houshang Rezaei has been transferred from Evin to Rejaei Shahr prison.
  • Journalist Keyvan Samimi was returned to prison from hospital before completing treatment.
  • Ali Sharifi 25 years old, death row Ahvazi-Arab prisoner was transferred out of public ward and taken to undisclosed location.
  • Ahwazi Rights Activist, Jabbar Yabbari, 46 years old, admitted to hospital.


B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Labor activist Zabihollah Bagheri has been arrested in Esfahan.
  • Student activist Moein Ghamindaz was arrested in Babol on his way home in an ambush by agents and transferred the day after to Sari.
  • Rasoul Moghaddam arrested in Karaj.
  • Humanrights activist Narges Mohammadi summoned to Evin to serve 6 years sentence.
  • Mohammad Reza Roozkhosh arrested in Tehran.
  • Ali Salem, student leftist activist transferred to Evin 350 to serve his 2 years sentence.


C-Liberations

  • Fariborz Arzam, recently arrested Christian, released on bail.
  • Political activist and scholar of ethnic studies Ehsan Houshmand has been released on bail; he has ear and jaw problems due to torture he suffered.
  • Labor activist Pedram Nasrollahi has been released on bail.
  • After serving his 6 months sentence, Hossein Nikkhah was released from prison.
  • After 50 days in solitary, student activist Hossein Taheri has been released from Shiraz Intelligence detention centre.


D-Other News

  • Despite bail being set by court and posted by family, labor activist Rasoul Badaghi’s furlough is prevented.
  • Jailed lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh nominated for Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders.
  • Activist Mohammad Tavassoli receives death threats at prison infirmary.


News of injustice in Iran

  • Shohreh Azami-Kasaei, Baha’i,  now freed on bail, sentenced to 5 years in prison by court in Semnan.
  • A Christian, Farshid Fathi, was sentenced to six years in prison.
  • Political prisoner Reza Joshan was acquitted of Moharebeh charges in trial.
  • Azari civil activist Mahsa Mehdizadeh has been sentenced to 1 year, suspended for 3 years.
  • 3 men were hanged in Esfahan prison.
  • 5 people hanged inside a prison in the city of Shahroud.


University  – Culture

  • Dariush Jalili, who sewed his lips before getting arrested in Yasuj, has been suspended from education.
  • Iran to launch new round of crackdown over dress codes in Tehran.
  • Iran has shut down 35 traditional tea houses in west Tehran.
  • Green Sites Jaras and Kalameh under attacks.


Protests

  • Labor groups in Iran have announced spontaneous demonstration on International Labor Day.


Economy in Iran

  • Central Bank’s report on inflation; Up to 146% increase in prices of food items.
  • Price of milk increases for the fourth time since the subsidy removals.
  • 100,000 workers fired in one year – Twice more unemployment for women.
  • Central Bank Says 22.5 percent of Iranian families are unemployed.
  • Indian shipping firms to carry Iran crude despite reduced insurance.
  • US dollar = 1780 tomans.
  • Ministry of Industry issues a new directive for stockpiling ten basic products.
  • Iran grants 100 millions euros to Iranian investors in Tunisia.
  • Banana: 3500 tomans in Tehran.
  • 557 textile workers, 26 months remain unpaid.


Iran  abroad

  • UN has added two Iranians and a company to its sanctions blacklist.
  • Iraq PM in Iran for 2-day visit.
  • 85 tons of “Humanitarian Aid” from Iran arrives in North Korea.
  • Deputy foreign minister visits Kenya.
  • Two Iranian pilgrims abducted by “rebel forces” in Syria were handed over to Iranian authorities.
  • Lloyd’s Register, a leading maritime risk management firm, has shut its operations in Iran due to sanctions.
  • Afghanistan, Iran agree prisoner swap – Thousands of Afghan prisoners are held in Iranian jails.
  • Iran’s ambassador submits credentials to Tunisian President.
  • Syrian economic exhibition scheduled to take place in Iran at the end of the month.
  • India expels 40 years old Iranian “student” for spying on Israelis who had no study or research visa for 3 years.


Politics in Iran

  • Nowshahr has banned Afghans from city centre because of tourism.
  • A government directive makes compulsory for the press to mention its sources.
  • After two years; Ahmadinejad attends Expediency Council’s first meeting of new term.
  • The head of the operations branch, head of the coordination branch and head of the branch for cultural and societal affairs in the Qazvin Province Division of the IRGC were the most senior of eleven top IRGC and Basij officers removed from their posts in Qazvin. No reason was given for the extensive personnel changes.
  • Ahmadinejad appointed Mohammad Sharif Malekzadeh, his ally who was arrested last year by judicial authorities, as adviser.
  • Green site Jaras has been under cyber attack since last week.


Miscellaneous

  • Iranian mosque collapses kills 8.
  • During last Persian year; 3364 men and 199 women died from drug abuse.
  • Cyber-attack on Iran’s oil ministry. Iran unplugs oil terminal from Internet.
  • Tehran affected by dust pollution –Again.
  • Iran’s diplomat accused of child molestation called back from Brazil.
  • Spanish police arrested 22 people and broken up a ring that allegedly smuggled people from Iran to Britain.
  • Four IRGC members killed, 4 more injured in clashes with PJAK in western Iran.
  • Flood hits Imam Hossein Sq. of Mashhad.

News from Iran – Week 16 – 2012

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News of the Prisoners

A- Transfers

  • Baha’i Shahram Chinian transferred to Raja’i Shahr prison.
  • After five days under torture in solitary cell, political prisoner Arjang Davoudi was returned to Hall 12 at Rejaei Shahr.
  • Mohammad Reza Motamednia on hunger strike transferred from Ward 350 to 240 solitary (Sepah).
  • Farahnaz Naeemi transferred to general ward of Kerman prison.
  • Iman Rahmat Panah, baha’i, transferred to ward reserved for contagious prisoners.
  • Shahab and Farin Rasekhi transferred to general ward of Kerman prison.
  • Sina Sarikhani baha’i, transferred to ward reserved for contagious prisoners.
  • Esmail Sahebi Tabrizi taken to Taleghani hospital for haemorrhoid bleeding and then back to Evin without any treatment.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Head of Mousavi’s 09 campaign in Qom, University professor Masoud Adib was arrested in a raid of his home.
  • Khadijeh Alboshokeh, wife of Maher Mousavi, arrested 14 April 2102 in Ahvaz.
  • Shebab Beit Sayyah arrested in Ahvaz.
  • Sajjad Dahaimi, arrested 14 April 2012 in Ahvaz.
  •  Mohsen Ebayat, arrested 14 April 2012 in Ahvaz.
  • Jafar Ganji, artist and graphic designer, begins serving his five years sentence in Evin.
  • Sadegh Farajallah Kaab, arrested 14 April 2012 in Ahvaz.
  • Jafaar Ganji (Iran Freedom Movement sympathizer) was arrested on Tuesday, detained in Evin prison.
  • Faranak Heyrani, Baha’i, arrested after summons in Ghaemshahr.
  • Baha’i Shayan Houshmand arrested in Boujnourd on 15th of April . His parents were already arrested.
  • Fawwaz Hamoud Jabdra Shemiri (45), father of four, Al Bedwan tribe and Sunni cleric, arrested 16 April 2012 in Ahvaz.
  • Ali Kaabi arrested 12 April 2012 in Ahvaz.
  • Five citizens from Saqqez, a father called Namegh Mahmoudi and his sons Manouchehr, Behzad, Behnam and Osman Mahmoudi were arrested by security forces in this city.
  • Yusef Manbouhi, son of Zayer, arrested 12 April 2012 in Ahvaz.
  • Ghassem Marvani (25), son of Hamid Kadim arrested in Ahvaz.
  • Ahmad Mashaali, arrested on 14 April 2012 in Ahvaz.
  • Raheleh and Sahel Miri, Baha’is, arrested in Qaemshahr; Raheleh is pregnant.
  • Nasser Moslemzadeh, arrested 14 April 2012 in Ahvaz.
  • Anis Motei, Baha’i, arrested in Qaemshahr.
  • Seyyed Ali, Seyyed Mohammad Mousavi arrested in Ahvaz.
  • Maher Mousavi, arrested 14 April 2102 in Ahvaz.
  • Seyyed Nabi Mousavi (26), son of Seyyed Jasim, arrested 9 April 2012 in Ahvaz.
  • Danial Oeji, Baha’i, summoned to prison.
  • Mohammad Saedi, son of Abdulsadeh, arrested 14 April 2012 in Ahvaz.
  • Student activist Ali Salem reported to Evin to start serving his two years sentence.
  • Baha’i Houshmand Sanaei and wife Sholeh Shahidi arrested in Bojnourd 7th of April. Shahidi was released few hours later and re-arrested on the 14th of April.
  • Aghel (30),  Ahmed (25), Hamoud (25), Nabi (42)  Sawari ,  arrested 9 April 2012 in Ahvaz.
  • Fadel Sawari, son of Haj Abed, Business owner, arrested 13 April 2012 in Ahvaz.
  • Hamoud Sayyahi (30), arrested 9 April 2012 in Ahvaz.
  • Salman Sayyahi, arrested 14 April 2012 in Ahvaz.
  • Sadegh Sharhani (30), son of Ibadi, arrested 9 April 2012 in Ahvaz.
  • Jabbar Yabbari (45), Ahvazi rights activist and father of six, arrested in late March on a street.
  • Chair of the Freedom Movement of Iran, Dr. Ebrahim Yazdi has been summoned to start serving his eight years sentence.
  • Abadan’s Prosecutor General announces arrest of 29 young men and women at a night party held at a café in the city

C-Liberations

  • Political prisoner Nazila Dashti has been released after serving 3 years in prison.
  • Ebrahim Madadi, Vice President of IFTW-affiliated Tehran Bus Workers Union is released.

D-Other News

  • Furlough denied to imprisoned teacher Rasool Bodaghi.
  • Blogger Haniyeh Farshi in Evin for 20 months, suffering from kidney problems, treatment not provided.

    Hanieh Farshi Shotorban

  • Death sentence of political prisoner Hamid Ghasemi has been sent to sentence implementation division.
  • 13 new summons on 13 different new cases have been issued for Dr. Mehdi Khazali since his release on bail 21st of March.
  • Ali Moezi refuses to appear in his own trial.
  • Documentary film maker Mohammad Nourizad has been banned from leaving the country.
  • Jailed labor activist Reza Shahabi was on hunger strike. At the urging of fellow cellmates and due to poor health, he ended it.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Supreme Court has upheld 10 years sentence + exile to Zahedan prison for Mohammad Amin Agooshi, currently in Urmia prison.
  • Seyyed Mohammad Ebrahimi refuses to show in his trial.
  • Supreme Court has upheld 10 years sentence + exile to Zahedan prison for Iraj Mohammadi, currently in Urmia prison.
  • Supreme Court has upheld 10 years sentence + exile to Zahedan prison for Ahmad Pouladkhani, currently in Urmia prison
  • Labour activist Reza Shahabi sentenced to six years.
  • Two men convicted of immoral acts received 99 lashes in public in Shahrood.
  • Etemad Melli newspaper was found guilty of 5 charges and exonerated on 9 charges.
  • 8 people were hanged in Adelabad prison in Shiraz.
  • 2 people were hanged in Zanjan prison on Tuesday.
  • 3 executions in public in Marvdasht.

University  – Culture

  • Google has been filtered in Iran.
  • TIME magazine named Asghar Farhadi among its 100 most influential people in the world.
  • Guidance Ministry announces policy at Book Exhibition event; 6384 books destroyed in Qom.
  • First Phase of “National Internet” Begins June 8th.
  • Majid Tavakoli permanently expelled from all Universities.
  • Elhan Mehrebani-Yazdi, bahaï student in Medical studies at Kerman Universities, expelled.

Protests

  • Workers from Zagros Steel gather to protest in front of Gharaveh’s Governor’s quarters; tenure of the fired workers at Zagros Steel ranges from 10 to 20 years and  25 have been injured at workplace.
  • Medical School students protest in front of Health Ministry.
  • People gathered in front of Boukan governorate to protest against killed Kurd girl, robbed children.

Economy in Iran

  • Iranian importers buy 50,000 tons of feed wheat.
  • Iran has an estimated 2.6 million child labourers, according to some organisations.
  • Iran had an income of $95 billion from oil sales in 2011 – an increase of 35% over 2010.
  • Electronic system at 10 Iran banks hacked; 3 million accounts compromised. Customers should change password at bank branches.
  • Housing Expenditures in Iran (1389):  25.7% rent, 64.7% own, 1.2% compensation for services, 8.4% free housing.
  • World’s biggest oil tanker to join Iranian fleet/Iran buys 12 new oil tankers from China.
  • Khatam al-Anbiya wins another desalination plant project.
  • Russia shipped 63,000 tons of wheat to Iran.
  • Price of paper has more than tripled.
  • 40% increase in rents.
  • 1$ = 1,800 tomans.
  • 60% of regular workers live under poverty line.
  • Large light oil field discovered in southern Iran.
  • Dubai’s Direct Trade with Iran reached $9.8 Billion in 2011.
  • Iran plans to increase its oil storages up to 100 million barrels.
  • Iran threatens to dissolve South Pars gas contract with China if project doesn’t show progress in 1 month.
  • Iran stops oil sales to Shell.
  • IRGC’s Khatem ol Anbia will build 10 million barrel underground strategic reserve facilities.
  • India replaces China as Iran’s top oil customer.
  • Minister of Industry, Mines and Commerce orders increased regulation of product prices in the market.
  • Iran-Nigeria economic meeting ends with cooperation agreement.

Iran  abroad

  • German ship with Iranian arms for Syria stopped before reaching Tartus.
  • 315 foreign companies from 44 countries to participate in Iran oil show of which USA, Germany, UK, Italy, South Korea, Malaysia, Norway, Austria, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Switzerland, China, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, France, the Netherlands, India, Uzbekistan, Australia, Ukraine, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Romania, Zambia, Japan, Sudan, Iraq, Oman, Finland, Kazakhstan, Cameroon, Canada, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Mongolia, Mexico, and Nigeria.
  • Porsche joins Hyundai in ending business with Iran.
  • First meeting of Iran-Lebanon High Commission for Joint Cooperation to be held 30 April-3 May.
  • Switzerland extends Iran sanctions but stopped short of freezing assets of Iran’s central bank.
  • 3 Iranian students at doctorate level accepted in CERN to work on particles accelerator.
  • Egyptian cultural, media delegation meet Iranian FM.
  • Iran FM to travel to Tunisia on Monday.
  • Iranian diplomat arrested in Brazil for ‘touching’ 9-15 years old girls at a swimming pool.
  • Abolfazl Zahrevand, Iran’s new ambassador to Afghanistan.

Politics in Iran

  • Tehran’s prosecutor confirms arrest orders for Mortazavi, who agrees to quit, impeachment of labour minister annulled. But Ahmadinejad does not accept this dismissal, and Mortazavi will continue as Head of Iran Social Security Fund, says Ahmadinejad media adviser.
  • Iranian first Vice Président’s guards “beat up” a Fars News Agency reporter.
  • Iran summoned Swiss ambassador to Tehran in protest to ‘US criticism of Ahmadinejad’s visit to the Iranian island of Abu Musa.

Miscellaneous

  • Heavy rains flooded streets in Isfahan city.
  • An American received medical treatment in Tehran after his plane was diverted to Tehran when he suffered a heart attack on a flight from Dubai to USA.
  • Iran will feed a town in the desert with water extracted from Caspian Sea.
  • Iran will arrange tours in 3 disputed Persian Gulf islands (Tomb and Abou Moussa)
  • Heavy air pollution in Kermanshah and Khorramabad.