News from Iran – Week 04 – 2013

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Prisoners’ News

A- Transfers

 

  • Student activist Amir Chamani has been transferred from Tabriz Intel detention to Tabriz prison.
  • Human rights attorney Abdolfatah Soltani was transferred back to Evin 350 from Sina hospital.
  • Mehdi Tahaghoghi transferred to Rejaei Shahr  .

 

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

 

  • Reza and Ali Akbari Monfared (father and son) were arrested 2 weeks ago.
  • Mohammad Tavakoli, member of Teachers’ Union of Kurdistan, arrested.
  • Bita Hedayati, Hana Koushkbaghi, Nahid Mahmoudi, Vesagh Sanaei, 4 Baha’i from Gonbad-e-Kavous, arrested.
  • Baha’i Shayda Taeeid was arrested in a raid of her home in Nour.
  • Head of the Kurdistan human rights organization, Mohammad Sedigh Kaboudvand is back in prison, furlough not extended
  • Furlough extension was denied, lawyer and member of banned Human Rights organisation,  Nasrin Sotoudeh returned to prison.

 

C-Liberations

 

  • Sina Aghdasi, Baha’i, released on bail from Tabriz prison.
  • Journalist Bahman Ahmadi Amouee arrested June 09 released on his first furlough since arrest; wife Zhila Baniyagoub is in prison.
  • 2 journalists, Mahsa Amrabadi and husband Masoud Bastani, released on furlough.
  • Behrooz Ghobadi, brother of filmmaker Bahman, released from prison.
  • Iraj Najafabadi, workers’ rights activist, released on bail in Isfahan.
  • Women’s rights activist and blogger Fereshteh Shirazi has been released from prison.
  • Ahmad Zeidabadi, released on furlough on bail.

 

D-Other News

 

  • Hardline cleric A. Khazali met with his estranged son Mehdi Khazali in Evin Prison.


News of injustice in Iran

  • Vahid Asghari’s death sentence was confirmed. Case sent back to the Supreme Court again.
  • Siavosh Ghanbari has been sentenced to 10 months on charges of collaboration with banned Kurdish group
  • Sentence of 1 year in prison upheld by Appeals for Afsaneh Toghi.
  • One public execution in Urmiah on Sunday.
  • 2 public executions in front of House of Artists in Tehran on Sunday.
  • 3 executions in Zahedan on Sunday.
  • Sentence of fingers amputation of a man convicted of burglary was carried out in public in Shiraz using a special machine created for the purpose.
  • 3 executions on Tuesday.
  • One public execution on Wednesday.
  • One execution in Shahroud on Thursday.
  • One execution in Khorramdareh.
  • 3 executions in Chubin prison.


University – Culture

  • Graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi will debut her paintings in Paris this month.


Protests

  • Retired workers protest at Abadan Petrochemical Company.
  • Protest rally against layoffs at construction company Nasr Jihad.
  • Wave of large-scale protests at most major oil refineries.


Iran Economics

  • $1 over 3500 tomans again.
  • 87,000 retired steel workers have not been paid for the last 3 months.
  • 17 million Iranians to receive food coupons.


Politics in Iran

  • Ex-president Khatami strongly criticizes absence of free elections and political activities in Iran.
  • Political parties compelled to declare funding sources.
  • Parliament receives notice to impeach the Labor Minister.


Iran  abroad

  • Turkey lifts ban on Iranian cargo plane carrying 1.5 tons of gold from Ghana to Iran.
  • First visit to Iran by Russian interior minister since 1979 Revolution.
  • Majlis Speaker arrives in Sudan. He meets with Sudanese President.
  • China freezes $25 billions Iranian assets; they can be released against Chinese goods paid in Yuan.


Miscellaneous

  • A 5.5 magnitude earthquake shook Syrch near Kerman, cell communications have been cut, land line disruptions in the area.
 
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News from Iran – Week 03 – 2013

Nasrin Sotoudeh
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Prisoners’ News

A- Transfers

 

  • Senior Reformist Abolfazl Ghadiani was transferred to Ghezel Hesar.
  • Asadollah Hadi, political prisoner transferred to hospital for heart surgery.
  • Samkoo Khelghati Kurdish political prisoner, transferred from Evin to Rejaei Shahr.
  • 7 Gonabadi Dervish transferred to solitary in ward 209 from ward 350 of Evin prison.

 

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

 

  • Lawyer Manizheh Bohlouli arrested in Miyaneh without an arrest warrant.
  • Student activist Amir Chamani arrested to serve his 7 months sentence – 40 lashes sentence enforced in Tabriz prison.
  • Medical furlough extension was denied for cleric blogger Mohammad Hossein Honarvar, he returned to prison
  • Activist Mohammad Khatibi arrested in a raid of his home and taken to Intel detention in Tabriz.
  • Dr. Foad Moghadam, a Baha’i on-line university official reported to Evin to start serving his 5 years sentence.
  • BIHE (Bahai Virtual University) professor Shahin Negari arrested.
  • Azad Rasoolnezhad, teacher and student in international law, arrested in Oshnavieh.
  • Member of Teachers Union, civil activist Mohammad Tavakoli summoned and arrested by Intel in Kermanshah.
  • Baha’i Shakiba Vahdat has been arrested in Tabriz. She was in Intel detention in Babolsar for 2 days earlier this week.

 

C-Liberations

Nasrin Sotoudeh

Nasrin Sotoudeh reunited with her children after more than 2 years in prison without leave

 

  • Former Deputy Foreign Minister Mohsen Aminzadeh released on furlough after 10 months hospitalization.
  • Nazanin Dehimi was released from Evin after serving out her 4 months sentence.
  • After 3 years imprisonment political prisoner Hossein Faraji released on a 3 day furlough.
  • Student activist and Advar member Bahareh Hedayat has been released on 700 million toman bail on furlough.
  • Journalist Mohammad Kimiaei released on bail.
  • Student activist Arash Mohammadi has been released on probation from Tabriz prison.
  • Members of Gonabadi Dervishes Kasra Nouri and Saleh Moradi have launched a hunger strike in Adelabad prison in Shiraz.
  • Human rights attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh has been released on a 3 day furlough on 300 million toman bail.

 

D-Other News

 

  • Political prisoner Esmail Barzegari has started a hunger strike.
  • Imprisoned senior Reformist Abolfazl Ghadiani has been banned from visits.
  • Detained Green leader Mehdi Karoubi’s 10 year old granddaughter has been banned from traveling abroad, passport confiscated.
  • Political prisoner Shir-Ahmad Shirani [who is already very ill with kidney disease] has started a hunger strike.


News of injustice in Iran

 

  • Volunteers of Sarand Camp helping earthquake victims, were sentenced
    • Behrooz Alavi, 2 years and 3 months imprisonment
    • Mohammad Arjomandirad, 6 months imprisonment
    • Morteza Esmailpour, 6 months imprisonment
    • Danial Hasani, 6 months imprisonment
    • Vahed Kholosi, 2 years imprisonment
    • Ali Mohammadi, 6 months imprisonment
    • Hamid Reza Mosibian, 2 years and 6 months imprisonment
    • Milad Panahipour, 6 months imprisonment
    • Farid Rohani, 6 months imprisonment
    • Seyed Hassan Ronaghi Maleki, 6 months imprisonment
    • Seyed Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, 2 years imprisonment
    • Amir Ronasi, 6 months imprisonment
    • Sepehrdad Saheban, 6 months imprisonment
    • Mohammad Amin Salehi, 6 months imprisonment
    • Mohsen Samei, 6 months imprisonment
    • Bahram Shojaei, 2 years imprisonment
    • Mohammad Esmail Soleimanpour, 6 months imprisonment
    • Hooman Taheri, 6 months imprisonment
    • Masoud Vafabakhsh, 6 months imprisonment
    • Shayan Vahdati, 6 months imprisonment.
  • Sentence to execution for young Kurdish activist Reza Mollazadeh confirmed by Supreme Court.
  • One man hanged in Shahrekord on Sunday.
  • One man hanged in Mashhad on Wednesday.
  • One man hanged in public in Sabzevar on Wednesday.
  • Two persons were publicly flogged in Eivanaki on Wednesday.
  • 2 executions in Semnan on Wednesday.
  • 3 public executions in Pakdasht on Thursday.


University – Culture

  • Shokoofeh Derakhshanian, Baha’i, expelled from Tabari University in Babol.
  • Maryam Mirzakhani awarded 2013 Satter Prize in mathematics by American Mathematical Society.
  • Czech Republic rejects Masters students from Iran because of UN nuclear sanctions.


Protests

  • Workers from the Khamana textile plant demonstrated in front of the Majlis .


Iran Economics

  • Iran imports 897,000 tons of rice in 9 months.
  • Maserati and Lamborghini pull out of Iran.


Politics in Iran

  • Members of Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee will visit Evin and Rejaei Shahr prisons.
  • Grand Ayatollah Sobhani proposes election of president through parliamentary system.
  • Women enter Iran Riot Police.
  • Special units guards and police have surrounded the venue where Gonabadi Dervishes were holding services in Shahrekord.


Iran  abroad

  • KLM to cease flights to Iran in April.
  • Arrests in Spain linked to Iran’s nuclear program.
  • Iranian escalating role in Yemen concerns USA.
  • Canada will resettle up to 5,000 displaced Iraqi and Iranian refugees currently in Turkey by 2018.
  • Syria PM meets Ahmadinejad and other Iranian officials in Tehran.
 

 

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.

 

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.