News from Iran – Week 26 – 2014

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Prisoners’ News

A-Transfers

  • Hamed Ahmadi, death row prisoner on hunger strike, transferred to hospital for stomach bleeding.
  • Mansour Arvand, death row prisoner, transferred from Urmiah prison to an unknown location.
  • Dr. Kamran Ayazi transferred from Evin to Rejaei Shahr.
  • Shahram Chinian-Miandoab transferred to solitary in Rejaei Shahr.
  • Dr. Latif Hasani, on hunger strike since May 10th, transferred to hospital and then to Evin.
  • Behnam Irani, Christian priest recently converted, transferred from Alborz Intelligence detention center to Rejaei Shahr.
  • Mehdi Khazali moved from Evin to Rejaei Shahr.
  • Kasra Nouri transferred back from Adel Abad prison to Nezam prison.

 

B-Arrests-Detentions

  • Sivan Hosseinpour, Kurdish photographer and cartoonist, arrested at home in Mahabad.
  • Bahman Khaleghi, Azeri activist, begins serving his 6 months sentence in Tabriz.
  • Majid Moghadam arrested during 5th memorial at Neda Agha-Soltan grave and released the day after.
  • Hojatoleslam Seyed Hamid Mahdavi-Eghdam begins serving his sentence in Tabriz prison.
  • Mamousta Abdol-Salam Golnavaz, Kurdish cleric, summoned to clerical court in Tabriz and arrested ; released the day after because of protests
  • Behnam Mousivand arrested during 5th memorial at Neda Agha-Soltan’s grave and released the day after.
  • Afshin Nadimi, Kurdish rights activist, begins serving his 6 years sentence in Sanandaj prison.
  • Reyhaneh Tabatabaei, journalist, begins serving her 6 months sentence in Evin.
  • Female football fans arrested and released after president’s intervention.

 

C-Liberations

  • Leva Khanjani freed at the end of her sentence.
  • Amir Khorram released on furlough.

 

D-Other News

  • Reza Akbari-Monfared on hunger strike in Rejaei Shahr to support Reza Shahabi.
  • Mohammad Banazadeh-Amirkhizi on hunger strike in Rejaei Shahr to support Reza Shahabi.
  • Dr. Asghar Ghotan on hunger strike in Rejaei Shahr to support Reza Shahabi.
  • Afshin Heiratian on hunger strike in Rejaei Shahr to support Reza Shahabi.
  • Khaled Herdani on hunger strike in Rejaei Shahr to support Reza Shahabi.
  • Saleh Kohandel on hunger strike in Rejaei Shahr to support Reza Shahabi.
  • Mohammad-Ali (Pirouz) Mansouri on hunger strike in Rejaei Shahr to support Reza Shahabi.
  • Ali Moezi banned from all visits.
  • Ali Salanpour on hunger strike in Rejaei Shahr to support Reza Shahabi.
  • Shahrokh Zamani on hunger strike in Rejaei Shahr to support Reza Shahabi.

 

News of injustice in Iran

  • Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, journalist, banned from leaving the country.
  • 5 hangings in Birjand prison.
  • 8 hangings in Rasht on Monday.
  • 2 hangings Rejaei Shahr on Wednesday.
  • 11 hangings in Ghezel-Hesar on Thursday.

 

University – Culture

  • Shahr e Sokhteh inscribed in Unesco World Heritage list.
  • Two paintings by Iranian poet Sohrab Sepehri sold for over $1 million in Tehran auction.
  • Iranian students blocked from UK Stem courses by Kaplan due to US sanctions.
  • Islamic Association of Shiraz University of Technology reopens after 4 years

 

Protests

  • Tehranis celebrate great match of Team Melli against Argentina on the street.
  • Retired steel workers protest withheld pension payments.
  • Reporters strike at national broadcaster in Ardebil for unpaid wages.
  • Miners protest to keep company private and they stop privatisation.

 

Iran abroad

  • Zarif meets Sudanese minister of development in Tehran.
  • French parliamentary delegation visits Iranian Majlis.
  • Iran operates drones from former American base in Iraq.

 

Iran Economics

  • Turkey sells 200 tons of secret gold to Iran.
  • India makes $550m oil payment to Iran.

 

Iran Politics

  • Iranian police launches new campaign to seize satellite dishes.
  • Gholamali Jafarzadeh, a member of Iran’s planning and Budget Commission calls for Ahmadinejad’s prosecution.
  • 75% of provincial governors replaced last year.
  • Vasectomy punishable by 2 to 5 years in prison.
  • Health Minister challenges law against birth control.

 

Miscellaneous

  • Iran is getting ready for its best year of tourism in a generation.
  • Iranian pilgrims captured by ISIS released, back to country.
  • Iran has the highest cancer rate because of contaminated gasoline.

 

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News from Iran – Week 34 – 2013

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Prisoners’ News

Transfers

  • Jahangir (Houshang) Badozadeh transferred to solitary in Urmiah prison.
  • Navid Khanjani back to prison from hospital.
  • Gonabadi Dervish Kasra Nouri transferred to prison clinic.
  • Ahmad Tamooei beaten and transferred to solitary in Urmiah prison.

Arrests-Detentions

  • Mehrdad Ahan-Khah back to Evin at the end of furlough.
  • Ali-Akbar Baghbani, Secretary General of Iranian Teachers Union, summoned to Evin to serve his 1 year sentence.
  • Amin Chalaki back to Evin at the end of furlough.
  • Banafsheh Ferdosian, Baha’i from Isfahan, arrested and released on bail the same day.
  • Hasan Faraji-Mousavi back to Evin at the end of furlough.
  • Mohammad-Ali Hashemi-Rad, political activist, summoned to Evin, detained, and released the following day.
  • Morteza Khazaneh-Dari, Mohsen Mohagheghi, Mohammad-Hossein Naeemipour, Mohammad-Sadegh Rabani back to Evin at the end of furlough.
  • Afrooz Rouhi and Masoud Vojdani, Baha’i from Isfahan, arrested.
  • More than 200 people arrested in a public concert in Tehran.

Liberations

  • Siavash Hatam freed at the end of his sentence.
  • Mohsen Jaldiani, Kurdish prisoner, freed after serving his sentence.
  • Amir Chamani, student activist, released on furlough from Tabriz prison.
  • Javid Houtan-Kian, lawyer, released on furlough from Tabriz prison.
  • Ahmad Zeidabadi, journalist and policital analyst, released on furlough.

Other News

  • Abolfazl Abedini-Nasr ends hunger strike.
  • Rashid Esmaili, human rights activist of Isfahan dies.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Ebrahim Firouzi, Christian convert, sentenced to 1 year in prison + 2 years in exile.
  • Faezeh Hashemi was acquitted of charges of causing disturbance while in Evin.
  • Mohammad (Kourosh) Nasiri sentenced by Appeals to 9.5 years in prison in Ganaveh for Facebook activities.
  • 3 public hangings in Karaj on Sunday.
  • 1 hanging in Dizelabad prison on Tuesday.
  • 27 Hangings in Iran on Thursday : 1 publicly in Jahrom, 1 publicly in Tabriz, 5 in Urmiah prison, 11 in Karaj, 3 in Ardabil, 2 in Mashhad, 1 in Hendijan, 5 in Arak

University – Culture

  • Persian language version of Wikipedia filtered in Iran.

Protests

  • Protests in Arak against air pollution.
  • After 7 days on strike, workers of subcontractor at South Pars oil field resume work after being paid their delayed salaries.
  • Workers of Lead and Zinc’s Factory gathered outside the Zanjan Government offices.
  • Strike of all workers and municipal employees of Ahrom in Bushehr Province.

Iran abroad

  • An Iranian reported killed in Damascus.
  • An Iranian receives a life term sentence in Thailand for bombing.

Iran Economics

  • The Central Bank announced a June-July inflation rate of 37.5% and point-to-point inflation of 44%.  The Statistical Center of Iran had put the figure at 33.9 percent.

Iran Politics

  • Rouhani appoints Najafi, initially proposed as Minister of Education, as Vice President and Head of Cultural Heritage and Tourism.
  • The new Labor Minister removed Saeed Mortazavi’s from the Board of Trustees of Social Security.
  • Hassan Rohani appointed Jafar Tofighi as caretaker minister of science, research, and technology and Reza Salehi Amiri as caretaker minister of sports and youth.
  • Reza Najafi, previously head of the FM’s Disarmament Department appointed as the new ambassador to IAEA

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News from Iran – Week 33 – 2013

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Prisoners’ News

Transfers

  • Seyyed Sami Hosseini on hunger strike transferred to solitary.
  • Ramin Idalkhani-Azad transferred from Meshkin Shahr prison to an unknown location.
  • Death row Ahvazi prisoner Hadi Rashedi transferred to an unknown location.

 

Arrests-Detentions

  • Journalist Hamed Ataei from Urmia begins serving his sentence.
  • Javad Heidarian and Sadra Mohaghegh, journalists, among 15 people arrested during an MP’s speech, and freed within 24 hours.
  • Parham Farazmand, Mona Fazli, Sedigheh Kiani, and Sara Sardsirian, Christian converts, arrested in Tehran.
  • Diane Teimouri, Fataneh Nabilzadeh (Saraf) and Peyman Saraf, all Baha’i from Mashhad, arrested at home.
  • Hakimeh Shokri is back in Evin at the end of furlough.
  • More than 500 homeless in Tehran arrested.
  • 100 arrested for the purchase and sale of satellite receiver equipment.

 

Liberations

  • Political prisoner Hadi Abedi Bakhoda released from Rasht prison.
  • Siamak Eighani freed at the end of his sentence.
  • Mehrdad Ahan-Khah, Amin Chalaki, Isa Khan-Hatamim, Anwar and Sirvan Hossein-Panahi, Mohsen Mohagheghin, Mohammad-Hossein Naeemipour, blogger Kaveh Taheri released on furlough.
  • Political prisoner Reza Sharifi Bukani released on furlough from Rajaei Shahr prison.

 

Other News

  • Maryam Akbari-Monfared, Fariba Kamal-Abadi,and Sedigheh Moradi denied visits with their children.
  • Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, jailed activist launched hunger strike.
  • Iran Trade unionist Reza Shahabi striking against medical treatment in jail.

 

News of injustice in Iran

  • The Supreme Court has overturned the 10 year jail sentence of political prisoner Emad Bahavar.
  • 6 people hanged in Karoon prison.

 

University – Culture

  • Colonel” by Iranian writer Mahmoud Dowlatabadi nominated for Swiss literary prize.

 

Protests

  • Zanjan protesters link cancers to factory emissions.
  • Preschool teachers gathered in front of Parliament.

 

Iran abroad

  • Secret uranium deal signed between Iran and Zimbabwe.
  • Some 50 Iranian embassies don’t have ambassadors.
  • Iran to attend Frankfurt International Book Fair.
  • 20 Nigerians in Iran prisons.

 

Iran Economics

  • Iran to increase number of airlines, international flights.

 

Iran Politics

  • First female appointee by Rouhani: Elham Aminzadeh has been appointed as Vice President of Legal affairs.
  • Mohammad Bagher Nobakht appointed as vice president for planning, strategic supervision.
  • Rouhani defends cabinet choices in Parliament: all ministers approved except for 3.

 

Miscellaneous

  • 10 dead and one missing in recent floods.
  • Basket-ball Asian Championship: Iran qualifies for 2014 Mundial.
  • Fire damages ancient palace of Susa.

 

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