News from Iran – Week 36 – 2012

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Prisoners’ News

A. Transfers

  • Dr. Nader Babaei transferred handcuffed and shackled to hospital with internal bleeding.
  • Massoud Bastani and Keyvan Samimi were transferred to solitary confinement at Rajaei Shahr Prison.
  • Iran’s oldest political prisoner, Abbas Amir-Entezam, discharged from hospital and allowed to go home.
  • On day 17 of hunger strike, political prisoner Rasoul Herdani has been moved to Evin clinic in poor health.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Critic and blogger Ahmad Nourmohammadi Abadchi was arrested in Ahvaz and transferred to Isfahan Intel detention
  • Five days after release, political prisoner Hadi Amini re-arrested.
  • Journalist Zhila Baniyaghoub arrived at Evin Prison to begin serving her one-year sentence.
  • Ebrahim Fakhri arrested in Maku for attending a session of poetry in Turkish language.
  • Hashem Hosseinpanahi, Kurdish activist, arrested.
  • Babak Mohsennezhad, photographer, arrested when taking pictures in Maku.
  • Professor at online Baha’i University, Keyvan Rahimian, summoned to serve his 5-year sentence.
  • Mohammad-Hasan Yousef-Pourseifi, human rights activist, reported to Evin to start serving his 5.5 year sentence.

C-Liberations

Akbar Amini

  • Vahdat Dana, Baha’i from Shiraz, freed after serving his sentence.
  • Akbar Amini released on bail.
  • Iman Rashidi, Fariba Ashtari, Farhanaz Misaghian, Shabnam Motahed, and Nategh Naeemi, Baha’i from Yazd, freed on 50 million Toman bail each.
  • Fariborz Baghi, Baha’i from Yazd, freed on 80 million Toman bail.
  • Sina Aghdaszadeh and Shayan Tafazoli,Baha’i from Mashhad, freed on 100 million Toman bail each.
  • Hossein Yazdi, reformist politician arrested last week released.

D-Other News

  • Muzaffar Dadi, ‎‎24, who had been incarcerated in Bandar Abbas Prison, died after being violently beaten by guards.
  • Wife of political activist and former prisoner Mohammad Esmail-Zadeh beaten by security forces commander, her teeth and jaw broken.
  • Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki suffering from internal bleeding in his kidneys after beatings and hunger strike

News of injustice in Iran

Behzad Nabavi

 

  • Human Rights activist and Zanjan Payame Noor University student Davoud Khodakarami has been sentenced to 4 months suspended for 4 years.
  • Journalist and political activist Mohammadsafar Lafoti has been sentenced to 5 years suspended sentence and a 5 year ban from political or journalism activities
  • New charges have been pressed against senior reformist Behzad Nabavi, imprisoned in IRGC’s ward 2A.
  • 3 executions in Rajaei Shahr prison.


University – Culture

  • First phase of the national internet has been installed in 28 of Iran’s 31 provinces.
  • Tehran Times Managing Director, Reza Moghaddasi, and Isaac Chipampe, Managing Director of Zambia’s Daily Mail, signed a cooperation agreement with the goal of improving socio-cultural relations between Iran and Zambia.


Iran Economics

  • Isfahan Petrochemical Complex shut down due to oil shortages.
  • Iran suspends $2.6B gas project with Chinese consortium.
  • 5 million day laborers deprived of benefits of the labor law.
  • Workers protesting the bankruptcy verdict of Avangaan manufacturer of transmission towers: 100 workers laid off.
  • $ 1 = 2,200 Toman on Wednesday, 2,250 on Thursday
  • Russia has taken over the market for Iranian oil in Turkey.


Iran  abroad

  • Iran and North Korea sign technological cooperation agreement, deepening ties.
  • Bahrain demands apologies from Iran further to translation of Morsi speech during NAM.
  • Alleged spy ring for Iran revealed by visual records in Turkey.
  • Iran Supplying Syrian Military via Iraqi Airspace.
  • Canada lists Iran as “state sponsor of terrorism” for support of Assad regime in Syria. Canada has closed its embassy in Iran, effective immediately, and declared personae non gratae all remaining Iranian diplomats in Canada.
  • Ahmadinejad appoints Reza Nazar-Ahari, former ambassador to Finland, as Iran’‎s new ambassador to Japan.


Politics in Iran

  • Revolutionary Guards killed a member of the PDKI, Esmail Kargar, in Shno.
  • Khamenei’s rep in IRGC: Regime’s legitimacy does NOT lie in people’s vote – while admitting that thousands of protesters and dissidents had been arrested after the 2009 election.
  • 7 Ayatollahs in Qom call execution of political opponents legally indefensible.
  • IRGC wants to establish seminary schools.
  • Security forcibly closes 15 businesses in Qazvin for not strictly observing the rules and values of Islam.
  • Iran’s next presidential election set for June 14 2013.


Miscellaneous

  • 21 medals, of which 9 gold for Iran during the London 2012 Paralympics.

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News from Iran – Week 35 – 2012

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Prisoner News

A- Transfers

  • Journalist Isa Saharkhiz transferred from hospital to Evin 209; he started a hunger strike to protest.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Akbar Amini (who climbed on top of a crane on 14 February 2011 in symbolic protest), summoned and arrested.
  • Amin Chalaki, who led Mousavi’s presidential campaign in Saveh, reported to Evin to begin serving his 4 year sentence.
  • Isa Faridi summoned to begin serving his sentence.
  • Student activist Nasim Soltan-Beigi summoned to Evin to serve her sentence.
  • Hossein Yazdi, arrested in Isfahan for posting news, was released the next day.
  • An underground music group arrested in Tehran.

C-Liberations

  • Ali Moslehi, member of Karroubi’s election campaign, was released on bail..

D-Other News

  • Mohammad Nazari is on hunger strike, after sewing his lips together. He was arrested when 22 years old and has already spent 20 years in prison.
  • Mohammad Tavakoli, jailed secretary of teachers’ Union in Kermanshah, was severely beaten by prison guards.
  • More than 15,000 people are confined in overcrowded and sub-standard prisons of Khuzestan province.
  • Some people arrested last week when helping earthquake’s victims have reportedly started a hunger strike to protest the arrests :
    • Navid Khanjani
    • Vahed Kholoosi
    • Milad Panahipour
    • Hossein Ronaghi Maleki


News of injustice in Iran

  • Meysam and Siamak Azadi, who protested the drying of Lake Urmia, each received a suspended sentence of 100 days in prison.
  • Political prisoner Hasan Ashtiani was sentenced to 15 years for Moharebeh. The Judge dismissed his lawyer and replaced him by a court-appointed duty lawyer; the trial lasted only 11 minutes. Hasan was sentenced for selling his sister’s home and sending her the money: the Court claimed she was a member of the outlawed MEK group. Hasan denied the charges, saying if his sister has any involvement with MEK, he was not aware of it.


University – Culture

  • Last week, 1400 satellite antennas were confiscated in Bokan, 29,000 in Bushehr.
  • Iranian women beat the UAE team 4-0 in the Istanbul Chess Olympiad.
  • Green site Kalameh collected over 11,000 signatures from Iranian people for an appeal to UN General Secretary within two days. The unusually high volume of traffic was accompanied by reports that the site was under attack.


Iran Economics

  • Mazandaran Textile, which used to have 7000 workers, now has 700, all waiting 26 months to be paid.
  • Japan did not import any Iranian crude in July, for 1st time since 1981.
  • Two production lines in the largest drug manufacturing company in Iran are idle due to sanctions preventing import of raw material.


Iran  abroad & NAM Summit

  • Iran reportedly withdrew its invitation to Hamas to take part in NAM.
  • 10 people arrested for spying for Iran in Turkish Igdir region. Two of them, Mohammed Reza Esmaılpour and Shahram Zargham are charged with sending information about Syrian opposition.
  • Iran will use 850 security units and 110,000 personnel to ensure “security” during NAM.
  • Citizens in North of Tehran impacted by traffic restrictions because of NAM. Traffic forbidden in several freeways and streets, with reports of compensation payments being offered – and largely rejected. On the first day of meetings, locals reported no change in the number of people or vehicles in Tehran.
  • Police are said to have removed 1,400 beggars from Tehran’s streets before the NAM summit.
  • Ban Ki-moon denies having been contacted by families of assassinated nuclear scientists to request a meeting.
  • Egyptian president Morsi made a speech criticising repression in Syria and Bahrain and calling for support for opposition movements at the NAM summit in Tehran. The Syrian Prime Minister left the room during the speech, and Iranian translator and state-run radio/TV censored Morsi’s words, rendering ‘’revolution’’ as ‘’sedition’’. Morsi left the meeting immediately after he finished speaking, without attending Ahmadinejad’s speech.


Politics in Iran

  • Mehr News reported thousands of burials were organized by Red Crescent after the earthquake in Azerbaijan, indicating that the death toll was many times higher than official figures. The news was widely shared, and then the original article was removed from the Mehr website