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.

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 32 – 2013

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Prisoners’ News

Transfers

  • Navid Khanjani transferred from Rajaei Shahr prison to hospital in Tehran with heart and respiratory problems.
  • Mir-Hossein Mousavi returned to house arrest from hospital.
  • Baha’i Saeed Rezaei transferred back to prison after heart surgery, against medical advice.

 

Arrests-Detentions

  • Sedigheh Amirkhani, Mohammad-Reza Peymani, Mahnaz Rafiei, Christians, arrested in Isfahan.
  • Yashar Farzin-No, Farshid Madres-Aval,Mohammad-Reza Piri, Christians, arrested in Tabriz.
  • Madeh Moradi, Kurdish student activist, arrested in Sanandaj.

 

Liberations

  • Participation Front member, journalist Mehdi Mahmoudian has been released on furlough.
  • Mohammad-Sadegh Rabani released on furlough.
  • Mohsen Sadeghi-Nour released on furlough.
  • Hakimeh Shokri, member of Laleh Park Mothers, released on furlough.

 

Other News

  • Gonabadi dervish Mohsen Esmaili prevented from attending his mother’s funeral.
  • Mysterious death of Khabat Moradi, 20, in Sanandaj prison.
  • Aziz Pourvali, Azeri prisoner in Tabriz prison, joins hunger strike of prisoners exiled to Rejaei Shahr.
  • Abdollah Sadoughi begins a hunger strike.
  • Mohammad-Ali Taheri has been on hunger strike since the beginning of Ramadan.

 

News of injustice in Iran

  • Yousef Ab-Kharabat, Kurdish workers’ rights activist, sentenced to 2 years in prison.
  • Journalist Ghasem Ahmadi sentenced to 4 years in prison.
  • Hamed Mahmoudnejad, workers’ rights activist, sentenced to 1 year suspended for 5 years.
  • Mohammad Molanaei, Kurdish workers’ rights activist, sentenced to 2 years in prison.
  • The “Bob Dylan of Iran” – singer Mohsen Namjoo was sentenced to 5 years in prison in absentia.
  • Activist Masoud Pedram was sentenced to additional 1 year imprisonment while in prison serving his existing 3 year sentence.
  • Vahed Seyyedeh, Kurdish workers’ rights activist, sentenced to 2 years in prison.
  • One person hanged in Salmas prison.

 

University – Culture

  • Amir Khosravi, student activist, expelled from University.
  • Spanish Festival honors Iranian director Dariush Ghazbani.
  • 46 publications and 10 websites received licenses.
  • Government committee formed to study Iran’s internet problems.

 

Protests

  • Bushehr hospital medical staff engaged in a sit-in, protesting unpaid wages.
  • Ahwaz municipal workers protest lack of pay.
  • Release of “Kian-Tyre” workers arrested for protesting.

 

Iran abroad

  • 8 members of Revolutionary Guards killed in Syria in last 4 months.
  • Rouhani met with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu
  • Iranian Ambassador in Paris meets Laurent Fabius.
  • Mohammad Nahavandian, Chief of Staff to Iranian President Rouhani, received Lapo Pistelli, the Deputy Italian Foreign Minister.
  • Iranian cargo plane loaded with weapons and ammunition shot down over Damascus airport.

 

Iran Economics

  • Over 70% of pensioners do not have comprehensive health insurance.
  • 235 supplier units of corporate clothing sealed in Tehran.
  • June-July inflation reached 33.9% and food inflation was up 51.5% over last year.
  • Tile factory closures and layoffs of hundreds of workers in Boroojerd.
  • Khorshid” newspaper employees not paid.
  • Four-month delay in wages payment at South Kyanush Contractor Company.
  • Some 10,000 containers containing medicine and food waiting for release in southern ports.

 

Iran Politics

  • Hassan Rouhani appointed Eshagh Jahangiri (former Minister of Industries and Mines, from 1997 to 2005, under Khatami) as his first Vice President.
  • Supreme Leader appointed Dr.Ahmadinejad, ex-president as a member of the Expediency Discernment Council

 

Miscellaneous

  • 31 people committed suicide in 54 days in Yazd province.
  • Death of some kidney patients due to financial difficulties in Bushehr.

 

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News from Iran – Week 31 – 2013

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Prisoners’ News

Transfers

  • Human Rights activist Abolfazl Abedini transferred from Evin to Ahvaz Karoun prison; he begins a hunger strike.
  • Majid Dori transferred from Behbahan to Karoun prison in Ahvaz.
  • Ayoub Porkar transferred from Behbahan to Karoun prison in Ahvaz.
  • Mahmoud Fazli transferred to prison clinic.
  • Shahram Radmehr transferred to prison clinic.
  • Sick political prisoner Mashallah Haeri transferred to Rajaei Shahr prison.
  • Mehdi Karroubi back under house arrest following medical tests at Tehran Heart Center.

 

Arrests-Detentions

  • Mamousta Mohammad Baraei is back in Rejaei Shahr at the end of 10 days furlough.
  • Journalist Masoud Bastani returned to prison after furlough.
  • Behnam Eghdamian, Baha’i, arrested in Ghorveh and transferred to Sanandaj.
  • Vahid Rouh-Bakhsh protester of 2009 Presidential Election arrested to serve his 18 month sentence.
  • Student activist Maryam Shafeepour summoned to Court in Evin, arrested and transferred to solitary.

 

Liberations

  • Journalist Fariba Pazhouh released on bail.
  • Baha’i citizen Samim Zarei from Sanandaj released on bail.

 

 

News of injustice in Iran

  • Supreme Court overturns sentences of execution of Shahram Ahmadi, Mohammad Gharibi, Faramarz Shah-Nazari, Omid Peyvand, Pouria Mohammadi, Bahman, Mohammad-Yavar and Mokhtar Rahimi, all Sunni Muslims jailed in Rejaei Shahr
  • Christian Convert Mostafa Bordbar sentenced to 10 years in prison.
  • One execution in Miandoab.
  • Hand amputation sentence confirmed for alleged robber in Abadan.

 

University – Culture

  • Tehran Police have shut down 67 internet cafes, citing various violations of city regulations.
  • Abadan Book Fair closed down by authorities.
  • Science Ministry blacklists 251 foreign publications.
  • Google disables Iran’s Press TV YouTube account.
  • Makhmalbaf wins another award for The Gardener.
  • Asghar Farhadi’s acclaimed film “The Past” to open Cairo film festival.
  • Iran’s average Internet speed (3.2 MB/s) was the slowest in the world for the first quarter of the current year.

 

Protests

  • Mohammad Ghanbari, a member of Ahl-e Haqq, set himself on fire in front of the Islamic Parliament.
  • 500 Workers of Haft-Tapeh Sugar Cane Factory on strike.
  • Strike at Mehvarsazan Company in South Pars.

 

Iran abroad

  • Iran grants Syria $3.6 billion credit facility to buy oil products.
  • US House passes Iran sanctions bill to slash oil exports.
  • Somalia’s Puntland State releases 78 Iranian sailors.

 

Iran Economics

  • Closing of 195 mushroom production units: 80,000 workers unemployed in a year.
  • Medical drug imports stuck in customs limbo.

 

Iran Politics

  • Authorities stop Ghadr Night Ceremony.
  • Ali Najafi said that he has been confirmed as the Education Minister in the coming cabinet.
  • Iran Supreme Leader rejects Rohani cabinet.

 

Miscellaneous

  • Drug addiction is the second leading cause of death in Iran.

 

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News from Iran – Week 21 – 2013

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Prisoners’ News

Transfers

  • Opposition religious leader Kazemeini Boroujerdi imprisoned in Evin Prison transferred to solitary confinement following his call to boycott the elections.
  • Zaniar Moradi transferred back to Rejaei Shahr right after hernia surgery, beaten upon arrival, one stitch torn, then sent to solitary.
  • Roein Otoufat transferred from solitary to Evin 350.

 

Arrests-Detentions

  • Bahman Ahmadi-Amouee has been summoned back to prison.
  • Maurice Bagheri, Hamid Hadisi, Mohammad Kabiri, Mohammad Mohseni, and Ebrahim Khosh-Sirat, members of Hashemi campaign in Lahijan, arrested.
  • Masoud Bastani, on medical furlough, has been summoned back to prison.
  • Ghorban-Ali Behzadiannejad has been summoned back to prison.
  • Labour activist Behnam Ebrahimzadeh summoned to prison.
  • Khaled Hardani is on hunger strike in Rajaei Shahr to protest destruction of homes in Ahvaz.
  • Bahareh Hedayat has been summoned back to prison.
  • Zhila Karamzadeh-Makvandi is back to Evin after one week on furlough.
  • Esmail Ali Mirzaei, chair of West Azarbaijan Reformist party Participation Front has been arrested.
  • Didar Raufi is back to Rajaei Shahr prison.
  • On medical furlough, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has been summoned back to prison.
  • Foad Sadeghi, editor in chief of website Bazatb arrested.
  • Hani Yazerloo begins to serve his 1 year sentence in Evin.
  • Shahrokh Zamani is on hunger strike in Rajaei Shahr to protest destruction of homes in Ahvaz.
  • Ahmad Zeidabadi has been summoned back to prison.

 

Liberations

  • Goudarz and Rofia Beidaghi, Baha’is from Semnan, freed at the end of their sentence.
  • Hamed Mahmoudnejad, workers’ rights activist, released on 50 million toman bail.
  • Akram-Alsadat Sanjari released on 50 million tomans bail.
  • Milad Yazdannejad released on 50 million tomans bail.

 

Other News

  • Dr Mehdi Khazali breaks his hunger strike.
  • Mostafa Mesri, Kurdish political activist begins hunger strike and sews his lips.

 

News of injustice in Iran

  • Farhad Fahandezh, Baha’i from Gorgan sentenced to 10 years.
  • Farahmand Sanaei, Kamal Kashani, Kourosh Ziari, Payam Markazi, and Siamak Sadri, Baha’i from Gorgan, each sentenced to 5 years.
  • Navid Khanjani sentenced to 5 extra months in prison because of earthquake aid camp.
  • Sentence of 2 years upheld by Appeals for Gonabadi dervish Ali Moazzami.
  • Mohammad Bagher Moradi who was arrested on raid of Saraye Ahl-e Ghalam sentenced to 5 years in prison.
  • Amanollah Mostaghim begins serving his 5 years sentence in Evin.
  • Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki sentenced to 5 extra months in prison because of earthquake aid camp.
  • One hanging in Koramabad on Sunday.
  • Two hangings in Tehran on Sunday.
  • One female prisoner hanged in Varamin prison.
  • Lashing sentence executed in public in Borazjan.

 

University – Culture

  • Security forces confiscated satellite dishes in an extensive 2-day operation in Golestan.
  • Removal of women’s studies at Tehran University.
  • 3 internet cafes were closed by Fattah police at Bojnourd.
  • Website of Mardomsalari newspaper filtered.
  • Pro- Rafsanjani and Hassan Rohani news site, Aftab news, has been filtered.
  • Website of Bahar Newspaper – close to reformist- filtered
  • 100 billion tomans of the 136 billion tomans allotted for student loans were eliminated.
  • Banned Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof to attend Cannes Film Festival.

 

Protests

  • Students in Tabriz Azad University and Urmia University protest against change of schedule for exams to have Universities closed during elections.
  • 1,200 common law prisoners on hunger strike in Ghezel Hesar prison.

 

Iran abroad

  • Iran and Turkey’s Foreign Ministers met in Ankara on Thursday
  • Iran dispatched one of its newest warships to shadow the world’s biggest mine-hunting exercise taking place in the Gulf.

 

Iran Economics

  • 68% drop in car imports to Iran.

 

Iran Politics

  • Iran religious centers, Howzehs (religious facilities) exempted from paying electricity, water, other related charges.
  • 40 Majlis members express support of Rafsanjani’s candidacy.
  • National Reformist Youth Headquarter [pro-Khatami support Rafsanjani] suspended in Tehran and other cities.
  • 8 approved candidates : Saeed Jalili – Ghorban-Ali Hadad-Adel – Mohsen Rezai – Hasan Rohani – Mohammad-Reza Aref – Seyed Mohammad Gharazi – Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf – Ali-Akbar Velayati.
  • Live debates for Iran presidential election campaign cancelled.

 

Miscellaneous

  • Accident at Tehran’s oil refinery / One engineer was killed.
  • Professor Parvaneh Vosough, Angel of Iran’s Cancer Children, Passes Away
  • An earthquake measuring 5.7- magnitude on the Richter scale hit Goharan in southern Hormozgan province on Saturday at 14:33 local time
  • The Guardian newspaper featured an interactive report on 870 prisoners in Iran on its website, using details from the Iran Prisoner List.

 

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