News from Iran – Week 32 – 2013

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Prisoners’ News

Transfers

  • Navid Khanjani transferred from Rajaei Shahr prison to hospital in Tehran with heart and respiratory problems.
  • Mir-Hossein Mousavi returned to house arrest from hospital.
  • Baha’i Saeed Rezaei transferred back to prison after heart surgery, against medical advice.

 

Arrests-Detentions

  • Sedigheh Amirkhani, Mohammad-Reza Peymani, Mahnaz Rafiei, Christians, arrested in Isfahan.
  • Yashar Farzin-No, Farshid Madres-Aval,Mohammad-Reza Piri, Christians, arrested in Tabriz.
  • Madeh Moradi, Kurdish student activist, arrested in Sanandaj.

 

Liberations

  • Participation Front member, journalist Mehdi Mahmoudian has been released on furlough.
  • Mohammad-Sadegh Rabani released on furlough.
  • Mohsen Sadeghi-Nour released on furlough.
  • Hakimeh Shokri, member of Laleh Park Mothers, released on furlough.

 

Other News

  • Gonabadi dervish Mohsen Esmaili prevented from attending his mother’s funeral.
  • Mysterious death of Khabat Moradi, 20, in Sanandaj prison.
  • Aziz Pourvali, Azeri prisoner in Tabriz prison, joins hunger strike of prisoners exiled to Rejaei Shahr.
  • Abdollah Sadoughi begins a hunger strike.
  • Mohammad-Ali Taheri has been on hunger strike since the beginning of Ramadan.

 

News of injustice in Iran

  • Yousef Ab-Kharabat, Kurdish workers’ rights activist, sentenced to 2 years in prison.
  • Journalist Ghasem Ahmadi sentenced to 4 years in prison.
  • Hamed Mahmoudnejad, workers’ rights activist, sentenced to 1 year suspended for 5 years.
  • Mohammad Molanaei, Kurdish workers’ rights activist, sentenced to 2 years in prison.
  • The “Bob Dylan of Iran” – singer Mohsen Namjoo was sentenced to 5 years in prison in absentia.
  • Activist Masoud Pedram was sentenced to additional 1 year imprisonment while in prison serving his existing 3 year sentence.
  • Vahed Seyyedeh, Kurdish workers’ rights activist, sentenced to 2 years in prison.
  • One person hanged in Salmas prison.

 

University – Culture

  • Amir Khosravi, student activist, expelled from University.
  • Spanish Festival honors Iranian director Dariush Ghazbani.
  • 46 publications and 10 websites received licenses.
  • Government committee formed to study Iran’s internet problems.

 

Protests

  • Bushehr hospital medical staff engaged in a sit-in, protesting unpaid wages.
  • Ahwaz municipal workers protest lack of pay.
  • Release of “Kian-Tyre” workers arrested for protesting.

 

Iran abroad

  • 8 members of Revolutionary Guards killed in Syria in last 4 months.
  • Rouhani met with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu
  • Iranian Ambassador in Paris meets Laurent Fabius.
  • Mohammad Nahavandian, Chief of Staff to Iranian President Rouhani, received Lapo Pistelli, the Deputy Italian Foreign Minister.
  • Iranian cargo plane loaded with weapons and ammunition shot down over Damascus airport.

 

Iran Economics

  • Over 70% of pensioners do not have comprehensive health insurance.
  • 235 supplier units of corporate clothing sealed in Tehran.
  • June-July inflation reached 33.9% and food inflation was up 51.5% over last year.
  • Tile factory closures and layoffs of hundreds of workers in Boroojerd.
  • Khorshid” newspaper employees not paid.
  • Four-month delay in wages payment at South Kyanush Contractor Company.
  • Some 10,000 containers containing medicine and food waiting for release in southern ports.

 

Iran Politics

  • Hassan Rouhani appointed Eshagh Jahangiri (former Minister of Industries and Mines, from 1997 to 2005, under Khatami) as his first Vice President.
  • Supreme Leader appointed Dr.Ahmadinejad, ex-president as a member of the Expediency Discernment Council

 

Miscellaneous

  • 31 people committed suicide in 54 days in Yazd province.
  • Death of some kidney patients due to financial difficulties in Bushehr.

 

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

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News from Iran – Week 31 – 2013

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Prisoners’ News

Transfers

  • Human Rights activist Abolfazl Abedini transferred from Evin to Ahvaz Karoun prison; he begins a hunger strike.
  • Majid Dori transferred from Behbahan to Karoun prison in Ahvaz.
  • Ayoub Porkar transferred from Behbahan to Karoun prison in Ahvaz.
  • Mahmoud Fazli transferred to prison clinic.
  • Shahram Radmehr transferred to prison clinic.
  • Sick political prisoner Mashallah Haeri transferred to Rajaei Shahr prison.
  • Mehdi Karroubi back under house arrest following medical tests at Tehran Heart Center.

 

Arrests-Detentions

  • Mamousta Mohammad Baraei is back in Rejaei Shahr at the end of 10 days furlough.
  • Journalist Masoud Bastani returned to prison after furlough.
  • Behnam Eghdamian, Baha’i, arrested in Ghorveh and transferred to Sanandaj.
  • Vahid Rouh-Bakhsh protester of 2009 Presidential Election arrested to serve his 18 month sentence.
  • Student activist Maryam Shafeepour summoned to Court in Evin, arrested and transferred to solitary.

 

Liberations

  • Journalist Fariba Pazhouh released on bail.
  • Baha’i citizen Samim Zarei from Sanandaj released on bail.

 

 

News of injustice in Iran

  • Supreme Court overturns sentences of execution of Shahram Ahmadi, Mohammad Gharibi, Faramarz Shah-Nazari, Omid Peyvand, Pouria Mohammadi, Bahman, Mohammad-Yavar and Mokhtar Rahimi, all Sunni Muslims jailed in Rejaei Shahr
  • Christian Convert Mostafa Bordbar sentenced to 10 years in prison.
  • One execution in Miandoab.
  • Hand amputation sentence confirmed for alleged robber in Abadan.

 

University – Culture

  • Tehran Police have shut down 67 internet cafes, citing various violations of city regulations.
  • Abadan Book Fair closed down by authorities.
  • Science Ministry blacklists 251 foreign publications.
  • Google disables Iran’s Press TV YouTube account.
  • Makhmalbaf wins another award for The Gardener.
  • Asghar Farhadi’s acclaimed film “The Past” to open Cairo film festival.
  • Iran’s average Internet speed (3.2 MB/s) was the slowest in the world for the first quarter of the current year.

 

Protests

  • Mohammad Ghanbari, a member of Ahl-e Haqq, set himself on fire in front of the Islamic Parliament.
  • 500 Workers of Haft-Tapeh Sugar Cane Factory on strike.
  • Strike at Mehvarsazan Company in South Pars.

 

Iran abroad

  • Iran grants Syria $3.6 billion credit facility to buy oil products.
  • US House passes Iran sanctions bill to slash oil exports.
  • Somalia’s Puntland State releases 78 Iranian sailors.

 

Iran Economics

  • Closing of 195 mushroom production units: 80,000 workers unemployed in a year.
  • Medical drug imports stuck in customs limbo.

 

Iran Politics

  • Authorities stop Ghadr Night Ceremony.
  • Ali Najafi said that he has been confirmed as the Education Minister in the coming cabinet.
  • Iran Supreme Leader rejects Rohani cabinet.

 

Miscellaneous

  • Drug addiction is the second leading cause of death in Iran.

 

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

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News from Iran – Week 30 – 2013

Mehdi Karroubi
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Prisoners’ News

Transfers

  • Kurdish political prisoner Ahmad Tamooei transferred from Rejaei Shahr to Urmiah.
  • Shahin Dadkhah, previous nuclear negotiator, transferred to solitary.
  • Ebrahim Babaei, Saeed Matinpour, Amir-Khosro Dalirsani, Houtan Dolati, Mohammad Ebrahimi, Siamak Ghaderi are back in Evin 350 from solitary.
  • Ayat Mehrali-Biglou, Mahmoud Fazli, Behboud Gholizadeh, Shahram Radmehr, Dr. Latif Hasani transferred from Tabriz prison to Evin then to Rejaei-Shahr.
  • Veteran prisoner Nader Jani transferred from Evin prison to hospital.
  • Mehdi Karroubi transferred to hospital twice in one week.

 

Arrests-Detentions

  • Hamid-Reza Farzaneh, member of Rouhani campaign, arrested.
  • Maryam Naghash, begins serving her 5 years sentence in Evin.
  • Baha’i Zhinoos Rahimi begins serving her 1 year sentence in Evin.
  • Blogger Peyman Roshanzamir arrested.
  • Yousef Salehzadeh, Kurdish citizen, arrested in Bokan.

 

Liberations

  • Environmental activist Hamid Reza Farzaneh released on bail.
  • Baha’i Manizheh Nasrolahi released from Evin after serving out her 3 1/2 years sentence.
  • Mohsen Rahmani the activist arrested at pro-Rouhani rally, released on bail.

 

Other News

  • Vahid Alighalipour, Saeed Haeri, Saeed Jalalifar, Soroush Sabet, Fereydoun Seidi-Rad, Reza Shahabi begin hunger strike to protest guards raiding Evin’s ward 350.
  • 160 Sunni political prisoners at Rejaei-Shahr on 2 day hunger strike.
  • Phone lines of political prisoners disconnected in Ahvaz prison.

 

News of injustice in Iran

  • Mehdi Amerouni, Christian from Shiraz, sentenced to 3 years in prison.
  • Ostad Hasan Damirchi (Mohammad-Hasan Hargeli) sentenced to 6 months in prison for teaching music without persmission.
  • Farzad Darvish-Sarvestani, Dervish Gonabadi, sentenced to 1 year in prison + 3 years exile in Sistan-Baluchistan.
  • Bizhan Haghighi, Christian from Shiraz, sentenced to 3 years in prison.
  • Roxana Foroughi, Christian from Shiraz, sentenced to 1 year in prison.
  • Shahin Lahouti, Christian from Shiraz, sentenced to 1.5 years in prison.
  • Arash Mohammadi sentenced to 6 months in prison.
  • Saleheddin Moradi Sarvestani, Dervish Gonabadi, sentenced to 3 years in prison + 3 years exile in Hormozgan.
  • Behzad Nouri, Dervish Gonabadi, sentenced to 2 years in prison + 3 years exile in Bushehr.
  • Farzaneh Nouri, Dervish Gonabadi, sentenced to 2 years in prison + 3 years exile in Khuzestan.
  • Eskandar Rezaei, Christian from Shiraz, sentenced to 1 year in prison.
  • Masoud Rezaei, Christian from Shiraz, sentenced to 5 years in prison.
  • Mohammad Roghangir (Vahid), Christian from Shiraz, sentenced to 6 years in prison.
  • Soroush Saraei, Christian from Shiraz, sentenced to 1.5 years in prison.
  • One hanging in Khorramabad on Sunday.

 

University – Culture

  • Kambiz Derambakhsh wins Grand Prize at Turkish cartoon contest.
  • The Website of Sunni cleric Mowlana Abdolhamid blocked.
  • Playwright, theater director, Mahmoud Ostad Mohammad, 63, has died of cancer.
  • Iranian students win four silvers in 45th International Chemistry Olympiad.

 

Protests

  • Kurdistan Iron Foundry workers demonstrate in front of the Parliament.

 

Iran abroad

  • In Cairo, search od an Iranian TV station’s offices.
  • A 24 year old Iranian woman jailed in Dubai for reporting having been raped.
  • Iran invites world leaders to Rouhani’s inauguration ceremony.
  • Gunmen abduct Iran embassy employee in Yemen.
  • Indonesia tightens visa rules for Iranians.
  • 77 Iranians released from UAE prisons on the occasion of Ramadan.
  • U.S. makes it easier to sell medical supplies to Iran.
  • Four men stand trial in Hamburg for having violated the Iran trade embargo.

 

Iran Economics

  • Insurance of construction workers stopped.
  • Salmas dam workers dismissed and sent on compulsory leave.
  • Renault and Iran cooperate for new cars production.
  • Kazem Jalali, a leading member of the Majlis Research Committee, said that “point-to-point” annual inflation for food items is now 61%.

Iran Politics

  • A fatwa allows Iranians to drink during Ramadan.

 

Miscellaneous

  • 3 Iranian climbers missing at Broad Peak, Pakistan.
  • Several Iranian refugees missing on a boat that sank en route to Christmas Island.
  • Water supply interrupted in some districts of Tehran because of heat wave.

 

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.