News from Iran – Week 40 – 2013

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Prisoner News

Transfers

 

  • Ghazi Abbasi (Khanfari), sentenced to execution, transferred from Kazeroun prison to Intel.
  • Political prisoner Khaled Hardani transferred to an unknown location.
  • Mokhtar Rahimi, sentenced to execution, transferred from Rejaei Shahr to an unknown location.
  • Kaveh Veisi, sentenced to execution, transferred from Rejaei Shahr to an unknown location.

 

Arrests-Detentions

  • Davoud Aghamirzaei, political activist, arrested at home.
  • Farzad Aslani, Kurdish citizen from Dehgolan, arrested.
  • Mehrdad Farmani, student activist and blogger, arrested in Shiraz.
  • Salah Iran-Khah, Kurdish citizen from Marivan, arrested.
  • Azeri activist Akbar Mohajeri arrested and sent to Tabriz prison to serve his 4 months sentence.
  • Ehsan Molavi-Far, student activist and blogger, arrested in Shiraz.
  • Jabar and Masoud Rahimi, Kurdish citizens from Dehgolan, arrested.
  • Five Kurdish workers arrested in Damavand in Tehran province.
  • 2 people arrested for insulting president.

 

Liberations

  • Amir Chamani freed from Tabriz University.
  • Abdollah Jafari has been released on bail.
  • Sam Keshmiri has been released on bail.
  • Shahabeddin Mortazavi has been released on bail.
  • Arash Nasirzadeh has been released on bail.
  • Kamiar Parsa has been released on bail.
  • Journalist Isa Saharkhiz is free.
  • Hamed and Shahla Saremi, children of Ali Saremi, who was executed, released on bail.
  • 743 prisoners released in Kerman province.

 

Other News

  • Hamed Ahmadi, sentenced to execution, is on hunger strike in Ghezel Hesar.
  • Jahangir and Jamshid Dehghani, sentenced to execution, are on hunger strike in Ghezel Hesar.
  • Kamal Molaei, sentenced to execution, is on hunger strike in Ghezel Hesar.

 

News of injustice in Iran

  • Souran Daneshvar, Kurdish student, acquitted of all charges.
  • Student activist Mohammad Kohnepoush was found guilty of collaboration with a banned Kurdish group and sentenced to 1 year, suspended for 5 years.
  • Saman Mahmoudi, Kurdish citizen, acquitted of all charges.
  • Workers’ rights activist Shahrokh Zamani sentenced to 6 additional months for insulting the leader.
  • 8 executions in Urmiah prison.
  • 5 men and one woman hanged in Rejaei Shahr on Sunday.
  • 2 hangings in Shahr-e-Kord prison.
  • 6 executions in Yazd prison.

 

University – Culture

  • CNN website unfiltered in Iran.
  • The Past by Asghar Farhadi, will represent Iran at the Oscars ceremony.

 

Protests

  • Families of prisoners sentenced to execution protest in front of Parliament.

 

Iran abroad

  • US gives million-dollar cup back to Iran.
  • Two European parliamentary delegations to visit Iran by mid-October.
  • Iran sanctions in U.S. Senate delayed before Geneva talks.
  • Before the participation in the session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva, Larijani will visit Croatia (6 October) and Serbia (October 7).

 

Iran Economics

  • Iran makes payments on old loans to World Bank.

 

Miscellaneous

  • Tehran Police seize 100-ton consignment of smuggled medicine.
  • 6 persons died of cholera in Iran.
  • Commander of Iranian Cyber War Headquarters assassinated.

 

As usual, list of political prisoners in Iran: http://hyperactivist.info/ipr.html

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News from Iran – Week 39 – 2013

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Prisoners’ News

Transfers

  • Student activist Ahmad Asgari has been transferred from Ward 209 to Ward 350 after 3 months in 209 solitary.

 

Arrests-Detentions

  • Behnam Chegini, member of Rouhani campaign, arrested in Delijan.
  • Ziaollah Ghaderi, Baha’i from Tonekabon, arrested and sent to Sari Intel.
  • Soroush Gorshasebi, Baha’i from Tonekabon, arrested and sent to Sari Intel.
  • Faramarz Lotfi, Baha’i from Tonekabon, arrested and sent to Sari Intel.
  • Saeed Naeemi, member of Advar, sent to Tabriz prison to serve his 1 year sentence.
  • Mehdi Rahimi, Union member, arrested in Tehran.
  • Prominent Azerbaijani cultural activist Salar Turi summoned to court and arrested.

 

Liberations

  • Mousavi advisor Alireza Beheshti-Shirazi released on furlough.
  • Evin Prison’s death row prisoner, Hamid Ghassemi-Shall is released
  • Journalist Mehdi Mahmoudian released on furlough.

 

Other News

  • Jailed student Omid Kokabee awarded APS Sakharov prize.
  • Baluchi teenager Mohammad Saber Malek Reisi denied phone calls, visitation rights.
  • Omid Shah-Moradi begins a hunger strike in Evin.

 

News of injustice in Iran

  • Abdulaziz Azimi Ghadeem, Azeri cleric, sentenced to 7 months and sent to Tabriz prison.
  • Vahid Habib-Cheshmeh, Azerbaijani cultural activist, sentenced to 4 months in prison.
  • Azeri activist Ali Kheirjoo sentence to 5 years in prison.
  • Student activist Arash Mohammadi’s 6 months sentence upheld on appeal.
  • Alireza Hashemi, the Secretary General of Teachers Organization of Iran has been sentenced to 5 years imprisonment.
  • Appeals overturns sentence of lawyer Mahmoud Alizadeh-Tabatabaei; a new trial will take place.
  • 5 men and 3 women hanged in Yazd prison last Thursday.
  • 4 hangings in Ghazvin prison on Sunday.
  • One execution in Kazeroun of a teenager.
  • 4 hangings in Kerman on Tuesday.
  • A woman hanged in Tehran on Wednesday.
  • One execution in Vakil Abad prison in Mashhad on Wednesday.
  • 5 men and one woman hanged in Rejaei Shahr.

 

University – Culture

  • Iranian actress Maryam Moghaddam resident of Sweden banned from leaving Iran.
  • Managing editor of Hammihan newspaper Gholam Hossein Karbaschi announced that the ban on his publication was lifted; it will be published again with, Mohammad Ghoochani as chief editor.
  • 40 ‘starred’ students return to university.
  • 30 net cafés closed in Ghazvin.

 

Protests

  • The family of death sentenced prisoners gathered in front of parliament.

 

Iran abroad

  • Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with British Secretary of Foreign Affairs William Hague, Ms Ashton, and foreign affairs ministers of China, France, Germany, Russia and the US.
  • Rouhani meets IMF Christine Lagarde, Pakistani, Japanese, Italian and Spanish Prime Ministers, French, Tunisian, Turkish and Lebanese presidents, Iraqi Vice-President, German Foreign Affairs Minister.
  • Iran reappoints Kazempour as OPEC governor.
  • Obama and Rouhani talked over the phone.

 

Iran Economics

  • $1 = less than 3,000 tomans.
  • 240 workers laid off in Zanjan.
  • IRGC’s Sadra Shipbuilding Co has laid off total of 1500 workers.
  • India lifts barriers from Iranian oil imports.
  • In August 2013, China imported 440,000 barrels of oil from Iran, an 18% increase over the same period last year.
  • Car production in Iran down by 38.5% in first half of 2013.

 

Iran Politics

  • Rouhani has issued special order to take back all government complaints against media.
  • Chief of Judiciary removes 6 judges.

 

Miscellaneous

  • Forest fires continue to rage in Golestan National Park.
  • Cholera spreads in 10 provinces.
  • 360 school classes lacking teacher in Yazd.
  • 28 people arrested in Qom for selling foreign currencies illegally.
  • Bill allows men to marry their step-daughters, if they’re 13.

 

As usual, list of political prisoners in Iran: http://hyperactivist.info/ipr.html

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News from Iran – Week 38 – 2013

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Prisoners’ News

Transfers

  • After more than 100 days in solitary confinement, Akbar Amini was transferred to Ward 350.
  • Imprisoned Gonabadi Dervish Amir Eslami returned to Evin prison from Taleghani hospital.
  • Namegh Mahmoudi is back to Rejaei Shahr after one month in Sanandaj Intel.
  • Reza Naghavi (Behrouz) transferred to Evin 350 after being severely tortured by Fata police.
  • Foad Rezazadeh, Sunni activist, transferred to Rejaei Shahr prison.
  • Sunni prisoner Farzad Samadi transferred to solitary confinement.
  • Student activist Maryam Shafiepour transferred to hospital.
  • Prisoner Mehdi Tarekh from Bojnourd moved to Evin 350.

 

Arrests-Detentions

  • Mehdi Dolati Darabad begins serving his 5 years sentence in Evin 350.
  • Majid Dori is back to Ahvaz prison at the end of his furlough.
  • Hossein Javadi, Sunni activist, sent to Rejaei Shahr prison to serve rest of his 5 years sentence.
  • Farzad Mahdavi, Azeri civic activist, arrested in Sahand stadium in Tabriz.
  • Ahmad-Reza Nejad, writer and blogger, arrested at the airport when leaving the country.
  • Activist Arvin Sedaghat-Kish (Daftare Tahkim Vahdat) summoned to serve 3-year sentence in Evin 350.
  • Green Movement Activist Omid Shah Moradi summoned to serve his three years in Evin.

 

Liberations

  • Student activist Vahid Aligholipour released from prison after completing his 1 year sentence.
  • Mohsen Aminzadeh freed.
  • Mahsa Amrabadi freed on parole.
  • Ebrahim Babaei released on furlough.
  • Nader Babaei freed at the end of his sentence.
  • Feizollah Arab-Sorkhi freed.
  • Soghra Gholamnejad freed on parole.
  • Maryam Jalili freed on parole.
  • Mahboubeh Karami freed on parole.
  • Ali Khodabakhsh freed at the end of his sentence.
  • Zhila Makvani freed on parole.
  • Kefayat Malek Mohammadi freed on parole.
  • Mir-Taher Mousavi is freed.
  • Nasrin Sotoudeh is freed.
  • Farah Vazehan freed on parole.
  • Mohammad-Ali Velayati freed at the end of his sentence.
  • Mitra Zahmati freed on parole.
  • Hossein Zarrini freed at the end of his sentence.

 

Other News

  • 130 Sunni prisonners in Rejaei Shahr prison go on hunger strike for one day.
  • In support of AdelAbad prisoners, dervishes of ward 350 shaved their hair.

 

News of injustice in Iran

  • 10 years exile for Seyyed Ahmad-Reza Ahmadpour reduced to 2 years.
  • Bahram Akhouninejad, Azeri activist, sentenced to 91 days in prison.
  • Salman Chayan, Ahvazi activist, sentenced to 25 years in exile in Yazd.
  • Sentence of 1 year suspended for Masoumeh Dehghan, Abdolfatah Soltani’s wife, upheld by Appeals.
  • 3 years sentence of Baha’i Hamid Eslami confirmed by Appeals.
  • Naser Kazempour, Azeri activist, sentenced to 91 days in prison.
  • Detained Kurdish journalist brothers Khosrow and Masoud Kordpour acquitted but remain in custody.
  • Hamid-Reza Mohajerani, cultural counselor in Iranian embassy in Qatar, sentenced to 5 years in prison.
  • Hashem Hossein-Panahi, Kurdish cleric, sentenced to 6 years in prison and 30 lashings.
  • Ali Jishat, Ahvazi activist, sentenced to death.
  • Yasin Mousavi, Ahvazi activist, sentenced to death.
  • Majid Sefidani, Azeri activist, sentenced to 6 months in prison.
  • 3 years sentence of Baha’i Rahman Vafaei confirmed by Appeals.
  • One public execution in Ghaemshahr.
  • 3 hangings in Aligoudarz prison, Lorestan.
  • One hanging in Ghazvin.
  • 4 hangings in Rejaei Shahr on Thrusday.
  • 2 hangings in Tonekabon, one public.

 

University – Culture

  • Some professors forced into retirement return to Allamah University.
  • Farhad Daneshjoo removed as head of Free University.
  • Mohammad Khodadadi appointed managing director of IRNA.
  • Rasoulof at his arrival in Iran summoned and his personal belongings confiscated.

 

Protests

  • Expelled and suspended students gathered in front of Allameh University.
  • Human-chain protest brings halt to mining activities near Kerman.

 

Iran abroad

  • Iran and United Nations signed an agreement on humanitarian aid in the Middle East, including Syria.
  • EU court annuls sanctions against Iranian shipping line.
  • Last 42 residents of Ashraf camp sent to another camp near Bagdad.

 

Iran Economics

  • 76 Employees of Lovashan Cement Factory dismissed.
  • 1200 workers of Saveh Rolling & Profiles Mills Co. haven’t been paid wages for 3 months.
  • Export Development Bank removed from list of sanctions

 

Iran Politics

  • Rouhani tells Revolutionay Guards to stay out of politics.
  • Iran’s only Jew MP will go with Rouhani to UN general assembly.
  • Hesamoddin Ashna appointed a Cultural Advisor to Rouhani.
  • Jalili appointed to the Expediency Council.

 

Miscellaneous

  • Around 3,640 suicide [2,530 men and 1,110 women] cases registered in Iran per year.
  • A Kurdish citizen killed in Tehran by police after being beaten and kicked.
  • Iran triumph in Wrestling Worlds first day.
  • Cholera appears in Iranshahr.

 

As usual, list of political prisoners in Iran: http://hyperactivist.info/ipr.html

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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.
 

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.