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.


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Iran News Summary Week 50 – 2011

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News of Prisoners

A-Transfers

  • Saman Aryaman transferred to Karoon prison in Ahvaz.
  • Jahangir Badozadeh transferred from Urmia prison to an unknown location.
  • Habibollah Golparipour transferred from Urmia prison to an unknown location.
  • Mostafa Kake Mami (Yousef) transferred from Urmia prison to an unknown location.
  • Jailed union activist, Reza Shahabi on hunger strike since November 25, transfered to hospital.
  • Ali Ahmad Soleimani transferred from Urmia prison to an unknown location..
  • Ahmad Tamouei transferred from Urmia prison to an unknown location.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Mohammad Farajpour begins serving his 9 months sentence.
  • Dissident cleric Hasanali Mostafaei detained .
  • Mousavi’s campaign 88 activist Hassan Nikkhah is back in Evin.
  • Labor activist Alireza Saghfi has been summoned for his 3 yrs sentence implementation.
  • Hojatoleslam Abdollah Shahani arrested in Golestan province.
  • Maziar Yazdan Nia goes to prison to serve his 6 months sentence.

C- Liberations

  • Ali Ahmadi, bahaï citizen of Ghaem Shahr, freed.
  • Parisa Babaei, bahaï citizen of Ghaem Shahr, freed.
  • Peyman Aref has been released on bail.
  • Simin Gorji, bahaï citizen of Ghaem Shahr, freed.
  • Documentary film maker Mojtaba Mirtahmasb has been released on bail.
  • Rozhin Mohammadi blogger and human rights activist released.

D-Other News

  • Hossein Ronaghi Maleki started a hunger strike on Saturday 10 protesting denial of needed medical furlough.
  • Discovery of a new torture place in the 81 Ramadan detention center belonging to the IRGC inside Almahdi garrison, 20km from the road of Darya Shahr of Urmia.
  • 36 political prisoners who signed a statement boycotting the next election have been banned from face-to-face visits .

News of injustice in Iran

  • Babol Appeals courts upholds  6 months sentence for Arya Aramnejad.
  • Babol Appeals courts upholds  6 months sentence for Mostafa Ebrahimtabar.
  • Babol Appeals courts upholds  6 months sentence for Alireza Falahati.
  • Zeinab Jalalian sentenced to life term by Supreme Court.
  • Babol Appeals courts upholds  6 months sentence for Mohammad Reza Maleki.
  • Babol Appeals courts upholds  6 months sentence for Mohammad Reza Massoumian.
  • Babol Appeals courts upholds  12 months sentence for Ahmad Miri.
  • Zahra Nika’ein, bahai child activist, sentenced to 7 years.
  • Babol Appeals courts upholds  9 months sentence for Alireza Shahiri.
  • Babol Appeals courts upholds  4 months sentence for Ali Akbar Soroush.
  • Leg amputation was performed on a man convicted of armed robbery in Shiraz Adelabad prison.
  • Hand amputation was performed in Shiraz prison on a man.
  • One public execution in Shahr-e-Kord.
  • 5 people executed in Vakil Abad prison in Mashhad.
  • 2 public executions in Rostam, Fars province on Tuesday.
  • 1 execution in Rasht on Tuesday.
  • 1 execution in Isfahan on Wednesday.

University  – Culture

  • Bas relief of Bahram II in Nishabour (Sasanid), destroyed.
  • Science Minister declares that University entrance exams will be eliminated in 3 years.
  • Negar Salahi, bahai student in Mazandaran University, expelled.
  • Hadi Binesh expelled from University due to his political activity.

Economy in Iran

  • 260 industrial units out of 700 are not active in Kurdistan.
  • 40 workers of the clay section at Javeh dam in Kurdistan province were fired.
  • Iran finds huge gas field in Caspian Sea.
  • Government’s debt to the health sector $10 Billion.
  • Ahmadinejad agreed to allocate $4 billion from National Development Fund for new petrochemical projects.
  • Cigarette imports increased by 75%.
  • 70% of the blue collar workers in Iran live below poverty level.
  • Unprocessed milk more expensive in Iran than in EU.

Protests

  • Assad’s photo burned in Sahand stadium 9 Dec 2011 Azeris of Tabriz, support Syria revolution.
  • An unemployed worker throws Shoes at Ahmadinejad during a speech in Sari city.
  • Contracting worker attempts suicide in new Tehran’s Governor’s building over 8 months unpaid wages.
  • Retired Steel Workers Protest at the Parliament’s Gate.

Iran  abroad

  • New Japanese sanctions on Iran.
  • Foreign Affairs Minister goes in Baghdad.
  • Iranian Regime Seeks North Korea’s Help To Activate Ballistic Missiles.
  • Iraq and Iran exchange remains of 93 soldiers killed in 1980s war.
  • Iran to Help build oil refinery in Namibia.
  • Iran Air refuelling deal at Kent International Airport (Manston) comes to an end.
  • Clandestine (?) Trade of art masterpieces between Iran and the US.
  • Hillary Clinton demands immediate and unconditional release of pastor Yousef Nadarkhani.
  • Director of IRIB in Baku expelled from Azerbaijan.
  • Saudi Crown Prince (also Interior Minister) meets Iran intelligence minister.
  • Iranian Road Minister travels to Damascus.
  • US sanctions 2 Iran military figures: General Firouzabadi and IRGC Commandant Araqi for the roles they played in IranElection crackdown.
  • Ministry of Culture and of Islamic guidance leaves to Qatar for the International Book Fair.
  • Direct involvement of high-level Hezbollah officials in the South American cocaine trade.
  • Ex-Iran Guard commander visits White House with Iraq leader.
  • Head of the Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Discernment Council attacks Turkey for supporting Syrian opposition.
  • Russia seizes radioactive material in luggage bound for Tehran.
  • South Korea sanctions 99 persons and entities in Iran.

Politics in Iran

  • Embezzlement Case- Indictment issued against Broujerdi, head of Committee for Foreign Policy: Mashhad MP.
  • Parliament passed a bill for a free trade agreement with Syria.
  • Former President Rafsanjani calls 4 removal of limits on political parties.
  • MP Ali Motahari criticized post iranelection crackdown on students and Parliament’s inaction; he also labels detention of Mousavi and Karroubi as illegal.
  • The Iranian government delay in submitting the annual budget to Parliament.
  • Ali Larijani, speaker of parliament criticized the attack on UK embassy.
  • IRGC and the Administration Disagree on Threatening Turkey.

Miscellaneous

  • Dust storms hit Iran’s Khuzestan provinces -Again; schools closed in Ahvaz due to high pollution level.
  • Blast in Yazd steel factory: 16 dead.
  • Increase in deaths related to air pollution in Tehran.
  • Fire contained at Iranian Bandar Imam Petrochemical Complex.