News from Iran – Week 15 – 2014

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Prisoners’ News


  • Hasan Javani transferred to solitary in Bandar Abbas prison.
  • Mohammad Seifzadeh transferred to Tehran Heart hospital.


  • Meyad Ahmadi arrested in Sanandaj.
  • Mahmoud Bagheri is back to prison at the end of furlough.
  • Rahman Ghahremanpour-Bonab is back to prison at the end of furlough.
  • Ghazab Golparipour, brother of executed Kurdish prisoner Habibollah Golparipour, arrested in Sanandaj.
  • Shahoo Heidari, arrested in Sanandaj.
  • Nader Jani is back to prison at the end of furlough.
  • Hamid Kerbasi is back to prison at the end of furlough.
  • Nasour Naghipour is back to prison at the end of furlough.


  • Reza Malek (Malekian) released at the end of his sentence.

D-Other News

  • Mahmoud Fazli, Azeri civil activist, begins hunger strike at Central Prison of Tabriz.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Blogger Vahid Asghari prevented from attending his trial.
  • Mohammad Karimi, Kurdish workers’ rights activist, sentenced to 2 years in prison
  • Jamal Minashiri, Kurdish workers’ rights activist, sentenced to 3.5 years in prison.
  • Ebrahim and Ghasem Mostafapour, Kurdish workers’ rights activists, sentenced to 2 years in prison
  • Mohsen Rahmani, political activist and student, sentenced to 7 years in prison.
  • Hadi Tavanmand, Kurdish workers’ rights activist, sentenced to 3.5 years in prison.
  • One hanging in Ardabil on Tuesday.

University – Culture

  • Cheshmeh Publications banned under Ahmadinejad resumes activity after more than 2 years.
  • 10,500 students left Iran in one year.
  • ‘Sugarland’ and ‘Adventures of Mirzabalad’ grab best film award at Irish animated film festival.
  • Maziar Maleki, Baha’i student, expelled from Birjand University.


  • Two hundred workers from the Zagros Steel Factory gathered in front of the ministry of labour in Qaravah in Kurdistan Province to protest the closure of their factory.
  • Basij protest in front of Embassy of Greece in Tehran condemning EU resolution on Iran.

Iran abroad

  • Spain arrests four accused of attempting to export equipment to Iran.
  • IRCG claims arrests of several ‘spies’ at the border between Iraq and Khuzestan.
  • Iran’s choice for UN post denied access to the USA.
  • Rouhani and supreme leader meet Azerbaijan president.

Iran Economics

  • 9-month delay in paying the salaries of 127 workers of Rasht Nopoush factory.


  • Iranian athlete wins gold medal at IPC Powerlifting Championships.
  • Massoumeh Ebtekar injured in a car crash on Wednesday.

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News from Iran – Week 12 – 2014

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Prisoners’ News


  • Shahram Ahmadi transferred to hospital and then to Rejaei Shahr.

  • Taleb Maleki, Mokhtar Rahimi, Behrouz Shah-Nazari, Kaveh Veisi,  Arash and Kaveh Sharifi transferred to Rejaei Shahr.

  • Mostafa Daneshjou and Hamid-Reza Moradi-Sarvestani transferred to hospital.

  • Kurdish journalist Adnan Hasanpour transferred to Zahedan prison.

  • Afshin Karampour back from hospital to Evin without any treatment.

  • Reza Shahabi, workers’ rights activist, moved from hospital to Evin.

  • Mohammad-Hasan Yousef-Pourseifi returned to Evin from hospital.

  • Kurdish journalist Khosro Kordpour transferred to Tabriz prison.


  • Yekta Fahandej, Baha’I from Shiraz, arrested.

  • 17 young boys and girls arrested in a party in Abbasabad.


  • Kurdish political activist Ebrahim Hosseinpour released on furlough.

  • Cyrus Mansouri released on 50 million toman bail.

  • Dr. Ali Nazeri released on furlough.

D-Other News

  • Mohammad-Amin Agooshi on hunger strike and sewed his lips closed.

  • Nemat Fatehi, Mohsen Khodayari, Kianoosh Rostami, Kurdish political activists, launch hunger strike in Dizel Abad.

  • Mostafa Abdi,  Omid Behrouzi, Mostafa Daneshjou, Reza Entesari, Amir Eslami, Abdol-Ghafour Ghalandari, Afshin Karampour, Gholamreza Khosravi, Hamid-Reza Moradi-Sarvestani , Kasra Nouri , Ali Salanpour and Farshid Yadollahi end hunger strike.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Jamal Agooshi, son of Mohammad-Amin Agooshi, sentenced to 1 year in prison for contacting Human Rights Organisations about his father’s fate.

  • Nemat Fatehi, Kurdish political activist, sentenced to 10 years in prison.

  • Mohsen Khodayari and Kianoosh Rostami , Kurdish political activists, each sentenced to 15 years in prison.

  • One hanging in Semnan on Sunday.

University – Culture

  • “Ayandeh Online” website stopped activities due to pressure from hardliners.

  • Home of prominent artist Parviz Tanavoli was raided by officials, his sculptures confiscated and damaged.

  • Hardliner weekly 9 Rooz banned.


  • Kurdistan steel workers protest in front of ministry of labour.

  • 40000 workers petition to Labour Ministry for immediate revision of minimum wage.

  • People gathered to protest the destruction of historical monuments in Ahvaz.

Iran abroad

  • Greek FM meets Zarif in Tehran.

  • Zarif meets Qatari and Tajik conterparts.

Iran Economics

  • Journalists of Tabnak Newspaper not been paid for three months.

Iran Politics

  • Larijani condemns Ban Ki-Moon’s report on Iran.

  • 13 revolutionary guards arrested for alleged trading in seized guns.


  • Floods in Bandar Abbas.

  • Iran is World Champion of Wrestling.

  • Japan provides $1m grant to aid support effort in restoration of Lake Urmia.

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Concern over persecution of Iranian Baha’is at UN Human Rights Council

Overall, human rights in Iran have not improved substantially since the election of President Hassan Rouhani last year, despite his promises to grant citizens more rights and to end discriminatory practices, according to Ahmed Shaheed, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran.

In a presentation to the Human Rights Council yesterday, Dr. Shaheed said that while Iran had made a few positive steps towards strengthening human rights, the government continues to violate international legal standards, oppress women, and persecute ethnic and religious minorities, including members of the Baha’i Faith.

“Hundreds of individuals reportedly remain in some form of confinement for exercising their fundamental rights, including some 39 journalists and bloggers, 92 human rights defenders, 136 Baha’is, 90 Sunni Muslims, 50 Christians, and 19 Dervish Muslims,” Dr. Shaheed said.

The session marked the formal presentation of his annual report to the Council. In that report, which was issued last week, and before the Council yesterday, Dr. Shaheed noted that while Iran’s proposed charter of citizen’s rights is “a step in the right direction,” it nevertheless “falls short of strengthening protections for the equal enjoyment of human rights for women and members of the country’s religious and ethnic minority communities.”

“It also fails to address the use of cruel, inhumane or degrading punishment, including flogging, hanging, stoning and amputation.”

“The charter does not ban the execution of juveniles and also fails to address concerns about the use of capital punishment, in particular for offenses that do not meet the standards for most serious crimes under international law,” Dr. Shaheed said.

Last week, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also released his annual report to the Council on human rights in Iran. He said that he found no improvements for Baha’is and other religious minorities, and few improvements in Iran’s human rights situation overall.

“There have been no improvements in the situation of religious and ethnic minorities, who continue to suffer severe restrictions in the enjoyment of their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights,” said Mr. Ban. “Religious minorities such as Baha’is and Christians face violations entrenched in law and in practice.”

Yesterday, during Dr. Shaheed’s presentation, known as an interactive dialogue, country delegations and non-governmental organizations were allowed to respond and ask questions.

At least nine countries specifically expressed concern about the ongoing persecution of Iranian Baha’is. They included Australia, Belgium, Botswana, France, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The European Union, in its statement, also mentioned the Baha’is.

Ireland said: “The situation of members of religious minorities continues to be of concern.”

“We note in particular the information contained in the Special Rapporteur’s report on the situation of the Baha’is, including that they are regularly prosecuted for participation in their community affairs, including by facilitating educational services and publicly engaging in religious practices, such as attending devotional gatherings, but that they are typically charged with political or security crimes, such as espionage or ‘propaganda against the ruling system.’”

Botswana said: “We also ask Iran to eliminate discrimination against religious minorities, including Baha’is.”

Switzerland asked why Baha’is are “subjected to growing oppression, despite the fact that they are very discreet in Iran” and are “not critical of the government.”

Diane Ala’i, the representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations in Geneva, also participated in the session, as did a number of other NGO representatives.

“To date, there has been no improvement in the situation of Iranian Baha’is,” Ms. Ala’i said, addressing Dr. Shaheed. “As you indicated yourself, 136 Baha’is are in prison solely on religious grounds, not one Baha’i youth has been able to complete his or her studies in an Iranian university and most of them are denied access in the first place, shops continue to be sealed, work in the public sector is prohibited, cemeteries are desecrated, and incitement to hatred in state-sponsored media is rampant.”

Source: Bahá’í International Community

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HRW| Iran: Free Women Activists

Imprisonment of 3 Highlights Plight of Female Rights Defenders

Iran’s government should immediately and unconditionally free three female rights defenders unlawfully detained for their support of women, students, and political dissidents, Human Rights Watch said today, International Women’s Day. On March 2, 2014, one of the three was sentenced to seven years in prison. The others were already serving prison terms.

The three activists are among at least 14 women in the women’s political prisoners ward at Tehran’s Evin Prison. The Iranian government should also address gender discrimination codified in the country’s legal system, Human Rights Watch said.

“International Women’s Day is an occasion to shed light on the courageous women behind bars in Iran solely because they spoke out for people’s rights or called for an overhaul of the country’s discriminatory laws,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director. “The detention of these women activists is a stark reminder that Iran’s government deprives its people of their most basic and fundamental rights.”

On March 2, a revolutionary court found Maryam Shafipour, a student rights activist, guilty of violating the country’s national security and sentenced her to seven years in prison.

Bahareh Hedayat, a women’s and students’ rights defender, was sentenced in May 2010 to 10 years in prison in relation to her peaceful activities. Since her arrest in 2009, her husband told Human Rights Watch that authorities have not allowed her to get adequate medical treatment outside of prison for serious gynecological problems. The lack of gynecological services in prison and the denial of such treatment outside jail could amount to gender-based discrimination, Human Rights Watch said.

The third activist, Hakimeh Shokri, is serving a three-year sentence for peaceful activities in support of political prisoners and protesters killed during the 2009 postelection violence.

Shafipour, 27, was summoned to the Evin Prison prosecutor’s office on July 27, 2013, and then arrested. She had spent several years advocating for the rights of university students barred from higher education because of their activism and for the release of political prisoners, including the 2009 presidential candidate, Mehdi Karroubi, who is under house arrest.

A source close to the family told Human Rights Watch that Shafipour spent seven months in pretrial detention, including over two months in solitary confinement, during which she had no access to her lawyer. Another source told Human Rights Watch that during her pretrial detention, interrogation officials subjected her to psychological and physical abuse, including kicking her.

The source close to the family told Human Rights Watch that branch 28 of Tehran’s revolutionary court convicted Shafipour of “propaganda against the state,” “assembly and collusion against the national security,” and “membership in an illegal group” that the source said was defending the rights of university students barred from education. The source said evidence, presented by the prosecutor’s office as proof of these “crimes,” included information posted on her Facebook page about the situation of political prisoners, and her peaceful activities and statements she signed in support of students barred from higher education. The sentence against Shafipour includes a two-year ban on the use of Facebook and other social media sites upon release.

In 2010, Emam Khomeini International University officials in the northwestern city of Ghazvin barred Shafipour from continuing her university studies because of her rights activities. The activities included visiting family members of political prisoners and her affiliation with Karroubi’s presidential campaign. Shafipour has 20 days to appeal her conviction and sentence.

Shafipour and Shokri are both members of the Mothers of Laleh Park, a group established in June 2009 by mothers whose children lost their lives in the violent government-sanctioned response to protests following Iran’s disputed June 12 election. The group has also shown solidarity with political prisoners and their families. Authorities have repeatedly targeted the group, previously named “Mourning Mothers,” arrested its members, and prevented them from gathering at Laleh Park in Tehran and other public places.

A Tehran revolutionary court convicted Shokri on charges of “propaganda against the state” and “acting against the national security” in April 2012 because of her activities with the group, according to rights activists. Security forces arrested her and several other members of the group on December 5, 2010, as they gathered at a Tehran cemetery to commemorate the death of a protester killed by security forces during the 2009 postelection violence.

Hedayat, 32, is the first secretary of the Women’s Commission of the Office to Foster Unity (Tahkim-e Vahdat), one of the country’s largest student groups, which has been banned since 2009, and the first – and only – woman elected to its central committee. Authorities arrested her on December 30, 2009, and eventually charged her with various national security crimes, including “propaganda against the system,” “disturbing public order,” “participating in illegal gatherings,” “insulting the Supreme Leader,” and “insulting the president.” An appeals court upheld the sentence in July 2010.

Amin Ahmadian, Hedayat’s husband, told Human Rights Watch that Hedayat is serving an eight year sentence because of public speeches and joint statements she made as a central committee member of Takhim-e Vahdat criticizing the government clampdown on political dissidents and students in the wake of the 2009 presidential election. He said Hedayat is serving an additional two years based on a previous suspended sentence in connection with public demonstrations she attended in 2006 with theOne Million Signatures Campaign, a grass-roots campaign aimed at overturning laws that discriminate against women.

Ahmadian said that although Hedayat is suffering from a chronic reproductive system complication that requires immediate medical attention, judiciary and prison authorities have refused her an adequate medical leave.

Iran’s judiciary should release Hedayat and other political prisoners based on recent amendments to Iran’s penal code, Human Rights Watch said. Under article 134, a person convicted of multiple charges may only receive the maximum penalty for their most serious charge, instead of a compounded sentence based on each individual charge. Article 134 also allows the judiciary to free Hedayat after she has served half her sentence.

Since 2005, and especially since the 2009 presidential election, Iran has stepped up arrests and otherrepressive measures against activists, including those who advocate student’s rights and speak out against discriminatory laws based on gender. Iranian women face discrimination in personal status matters related to marriage, divorce, inheritance, and child custody. A woman needs her male guardian’s approval for marriage regardless of her age, and cannot pass on her nationality to her foreign-born spouse or their children.

On August 1, 2013, Human Rights Watch wrote to then-President Hassan Rouhani asking him to take concrete steps in several key reform areas, ranging from freeing political prisoners to expanding academic freedom in universities and respecting women’s rights. Human Rights Watch urged Rouhani to remove disciplinary boards that unlawfully monitor students’ activities and suspend or expel them solely because they have exercised their fundamental rights, and to allow organizations like Tahkim-e Vahdat to resume operating.

Human Rights Watch also urged Rouhani to work toward gender equality in the country, noting that while “the president has limited ability to directly change the discriminatory personal status laws related to marriage, inheritance, and child custody … [he] should nonetheless support efforts to amend or abolish such laws” and support groups like the One Million Signatures Campaign.

On November 26, President Rouhani’s official website presented a draft Citizens’ Rights Charter for public comment. In a joint letter Human Rights Watch and the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran noted that many of the draft charter’s provisions, including those addressing women’s rights, fail to protect rights adequately or violate Iran’s legal obligations under international law. Among the problems are limitations on rights based on seemingly subjective criteria such as “national security” and “principles of Islam.”

“Iran’s judiciary bears primary responsibility for freeing rights defenders like Shafipour, Hedayat, and Shokri from prison, and ensuring that the country abides by its international rights obligations,” Whitson said. “But Rouhani’s government can also play a critical role by advocating the release of these rights defenders and pressing security and intelligence forces to stop harassing and targeting activists.”

Source: Human Rights Watch




Innovative Technology Connects Facebook Users to Iranian “Prisoners of Rights”

Yesterday, the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) launched UNLOCK IRAN, a unique platform that gives participants a digital view of what their lives would be like if jailed in Iran. The initiative calls on the international community to elevate the discussion of human rights issues in Iran at a time of critical reengagement with the Iranian government.

Unlock Iran allows users to view the site through the lens of their own Facebook accounts and connects them to individuals currently in jail in Iran on account of their lifestyles, beliefs or professions (journalists, lawyers, pastors, artists, activists, feminists, etc.) known as “prisoners of rights.” The project raises awareness about human rights violations in Iran and engages users to take action via petition and Twitter/Facebook to call on world leaders to make human rights a priority issue during ongoing talks with the Iranian government. The initiative is timed to coincide with the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva this month.

With chronic human rights abuses in Iran (624 executions in 2013, 130+ executions to date this year, and 800+ prisoners of rights in jail), IHRDC is taking a unique digital approach to exposing the issue. And with Twitter/Facebook banned in Iran, but used openly by government officials, Unlock Iran is hoping to make a loud digital statement in support of prisoners of rights.

“Unlock Iran brings the harsh reality of unwarranted imprisonment in Iran directly in front of the user. By digitally engaging on an international scale, we are demanding that these prisoners be seen and their voices – for now unjustly silenced – be heard again,” said Gissou Nia, Executive Director of IHRDC and spokeswoman for Unlock Iran.

Yesterday’s launch follows significant activity last month, when Unlock Iran and Inside Out Group Action—started by famed TED prize winner and street artist JR—carried out an art activation featuring the portraits of 13 prisoners of rights (two of whom were executed at the end of January) at the UN Headquarters in New York City.

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News from Iran – Week 05 – 2014

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Prisoner News:


  • Mashallah Haeri got a heart attack and was transferred to Day hospital in Tehran.

  • Samkoo Khalghati transferred to solitary.

  • Mohammad-Amin Roghani transferred to financial ward of Evin.

  • Death row prisoner Kaveh Sharifi transferred from Evin to an unknown location.


  • Reza Alnaser, student activist, arrested in Mashhad.

  • Moslem Boushehrian arrested at Tehran airport.

  • Hazhir Firouzian, Baha’i, arrested in Semnan to serve his 40 day sentence.

  • Sasan and Siavash Janatian, student activists, arrested in Mashhad.

  • Dana Lanj-Abadi, Kurdish student, arrested.

  • Amir-Ali Mehran-Nia arrested in Kermanshah.

  • Student activist Arash Mohammadi is back to Tabriz prison at the end of furlough.

  • 47 arrests in Khorram-Abad.

  • 88 arrests for hooliganism in Tehran.

  • More than 20 worker protesters arrested in Ardakan Fars Province.


  • Shahnaz Jayzan, wife of a pastor, released on furlough.

  • Farzad Madadzadeh freed at the end of his sentence.

  • Fatemeh Masni released on bail from Evin.

  • Faghir-Mohammad Reisi, Sunni cleric, released on bail from Zahedan prison.

Other News

  • Rajaei Shahr political prisoners on strike to protest against mistreatment.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Reza Aghakhani, member of National-Religious party, sentenced to 3 years in prison.

  • Mohammad-Bagher Alavi, Member of Freedom Movement, sentenced to 4 years in prison.

  • Hamid Babaei, student in Liege University, sentenced to 10 years in prison.

  • Sarang Etehadi sentenced to 5 years in prison.

  • Fatemeh Hashemi, daughter of former president Rafsanjani, sentenced to 6 months suspended.

  • Morteza Rahmani, Kurdish political activist, sentenced 3 times to execution.

  • Hadi Rashedi, Ahvaz activist, was executed last week.

  • Hashem Shabaninejad, Ahvaz activist, was executed last week.

  • 7 hangings in Ghezel Hesar prison on Monday.

  • One public hanging in Ghazvin on Tuesday.

  • 5 hangings in Urmiah prison on Thursday.

University – Culture

  • The veteran Iranian cinematographer Maziar Partow died at 81.

  • The Iranian American multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmangelij and his band Vampire Weekend. Won the Grammy award for Alternative Music

  • Marivan Payam Nour University students Dana Amini, Souran Ravesh and Maysam Javanmiri banned from continuing their education.

  • Asghar Farhadi’s The Past has been nominated in five categories for France’s Cesar Awards.


  • Iran Tire workers on strike for 7 days; more than 200 workers laid off.

  • Zagros Steel workers rally to protest delayed salaries for seven months.

  • Security forces arrested more than 20 miners in Chodarmanlou mine (Yazd region).

Iran abroad

  • Kofi Annan and Desmond Tutu in Tehran to meet Iranian leaders.

  • US Treasury removes sanctions on Iran’s National Oil and Tanker companies.

  • Italian Minister of Culture visits Tehran.

  • Larijani receives his South Korean counterpart.

  • Former French foreign minister meets with deputy FM.

  • Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan arrives in Tehran

Iran Economics

  • French automaker Renault resumes shipments of spare part to Iran.

Iran Politics

  • Iran’s military budget decreased in Rouhani’s presented budget bill by 9 percent.

  • Rouhani appoints Masoud Soltanifar as a head of Cultural Heritage.

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News from Iran – Week 04 – 2014

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Prisoner News


  • Hamed Ahmadi, Sunni prisoner on death row, transferred from Ghezel Hesar to an unknown location.

  • Jahangir and Jamshid Dehghani, Sunni prisoners on death row, transferred from Ghezel Hesar to an unknown location.

  • Adnan Hasanpour transferred from Sanandaj to Marivan prison.

  • Mehdi Karroubi is back to safe house after 9 days in hospital.

  • Karim Marouf-Aziz back to Rejaei-Shahr after surgery.

  • Kamal Molaei, Sunni prisoner on death row, transferred from Ghezel Hesar to an unknown location.

  • Kasra Nouri, Gonabadi Dervish, exiled from Adel-Abad to Nezam prison.

  • Hani Yazerloo exiled to Vakil-Abad prison.


  • Ahmad, Khaled, Milad, Mohammad, Sadegh and Taregh Afravi arrested in Ahvaz during poet Mullah Fazel Sokrany burial and sent to Karoun prison.

  • Adnan and Azim Ayashi arrested in Ahvaz during poet Mullah Fazel Sokrany burial and sent to Karoun prison.

  • Ahmad, Ali-Haji, Ebrahim and Sejad Badavi arrested in Ahvaz during poet Mullah Fazel Sokrany burial and sent to Karoun prison.

  • Abdol-Hossein Baladi, retired teacher, arrested in Ahvaz.

  • Ahmad, Rasoul and Taemeh Barajeh arrested in Ahvaz during poet Mullah Fazel Sokrany burial and sent to Karoun prison.

  • Mohammad Bavi arrested in Ahvaz during poet Mullah Fazel Sokrany burial and sent to Karoun prison.

  • Journalist Dariush Elias begins serving his 5 years in Evin 350.

  • Mohammad-Amin Gherbavi arrested in Ahvaz during poet Mullah Fazel Sokrany burial and sent to Karoun prison.

  • Jasem Hajikian begins serving his 7 years sentence in Maku prison.

  • Hossein and Taemeh Hamoudi arrested in Ahvaz during poet Mullah Fazel Sokrany burial and sent to Karoun prison.

  • Majid Hashemi arrested in Ahvaz during poet Mullah Fazel Sokrany burial and sent to Karoun prison.

  • Ali-Kerker, Ghasem, Naeim and Salem Heidari arrested in Ahvaz during poet Mullah Fazel Sokrany burial and sent to Karoun prison.

  • Ghasem Herdani arrested in Ahvaz during poet Mullah Fazel Sokrany burial and sent to Karoun prison.

  • Mehrdad Jamshidpour, student, arrested.

  • Mohammad, Ghasem, Nouri  and Rasoul Keroshavi arrested in Ahvaz during poet Mullah Fazel Sokrany burial and sent to Karoun prison.

  • Ali, Bandar, Ghader, Majed, Majid,Mohammad, Sattar and Valid Masoudi arrested in Ahvaz during poet Mullah Fazel Sokrany burial and sent to Karoun prison.

  • Mojtaba and Reza Mervani arrested in Ahvaz during poet Mullah Fazel Sokrany burial and sent to Karoun prison.

  • Hasan Saedi arrested in Ahvaz during poet Mullah Fazel Sokrany burial and sent to Karoun prison.

  • Jafar Silavi arrested in Ahvaz during poet Mullah Fazel Sokrany burial and sent to Karoun prison.

  • Saeed Soleimani arrested in Ahvaz during poet Mullah Fazel Sokrany burial and sent to Karoun prison.

  • Aref Sorkhi arrested in Ahvaz during poet Mullah Fazel Sokrany burial and sent to Karoun prison.

  • Hasan Tarafi arrested in Ahvaz during poet Mullah Fazel Sokrany burial and sent to Karoun prison.

  • Ahmad Zeidabadi is back to Rejaei-Shahr at the end of furlough.

  • More than 45 Arab activists arrested in Ahvaz.


  • Shabnam Madadzadeh freed at the end of her sentence.

  • Mohammad Mataji released on furlough.

  • Leftist student activist Arash Mohammadi released on furlough from Tabriz prison.

  • Zia  Nabavi released on a 5 days furlough.

Other News

  • Hamed Ahmadi, Kurdish Sunni prisoner, stops his hunger strike.

  • Jahangir and Jamshid Dehghani, Kurdish Sunni prisoners, stop their hunger strike.

  • Kamal Molaei, Kurdish Sunni prisoner, stops his hunger strike.

  • Library of political prisoners in Rejaei Shahr sealed.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Shamim Etehadi sentenced by Appeals to 3 years in prison, 74 lashes, a two-year ban on leaving Iran, and a fine of 40 million rials.

  • Ali Kheirjoo sentenced by Appeals to 6 months.

University – Culture

  • Kurdish Baha’i student Gita Gouran denied access to University.

  • The monthly meeting of Iranian writers’ association banned.


  • IranTire workers gathered to protest the dismissal of 80 of their colleagues.

  • Petrochemical workers stop work over banned representative.

Iran abroad

  • An Iranian diplomat assassinated in Sanaa.

  • Senegal to appoint ambassador, reopen embassy in Iran.

  • European Union is suspending some sanctions following nuclear agreement with Iran.

  • Canada upholds its sanctions.

  • Rouhani attends Davos forum, he meets Catherine Ashton, presidents of Switzerland and Azerbaijan and Barroso.


  • 2 women die in the fire of a clothes factory in Tehran.

  • Influenza kills 9 people.

Source: lisnup

World Report 2014 – Iran | Human Rights Watch

Afghans cross the border from Iran back into Afghanistan near Islam Qala, Afghanistan, in April 2013.

Millions of Iranians participated in presidential and local elections in June 2013. Executions, especially for drug-related offenses, continued at high rates. The judiciary released some political prisoners, but many civil society activists remained in prison on political charges.

Freedom of Assembly, Association, and Voting

During Iran’s June 14 presidential and local elections, dozens of opposition party members were serving prison sentences and prevented from participating. Opposition figures Mir Hossein Mousavi, Zahra Rahnavard, and Mehdi Karroubi remained under house arrest or detention at time of writing.

On May 21, the Guardian Council, an unelected body of 12 religious jurists, disqualified all but eight of the more than 680 registered presidential candidates using vague criteria that enabled authorities to make sweeping and arbitrary exclusions. Nonetheless, turnout was high and voters overwhelmingly elected cleric and former diplomat Hassan Rouhani whose campaign promises included a “civil rights charter,” improving the economy, and greater political engagement with the West.

Following Rouhani’s inauguration, authorities in September released at least a dozen rights activists and political opposition figures, but scores of others jailed for their affiliation with banned opposition parties, labor unions, and student groups remain in prison. The judiciary continued to target independent and unregistered trade unions.

Iran’s interim minister of science, responsible for management of the country’s universities, announced in September that universities could reinstate professors and students suspended for their political activities from 2005 to 2012, but at time of writing dozens remained unable to continue their studies or teach.

In September, the Ministry of Culture ordered the reopening of the country’s largest independent film guild, the House of Cinema, which authorities had shut down in January 2012. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Basler Zeitung| Der Gottesstaat ist bankrott

Von Tomas Avenarius, Teheran. Aktualisiert vor 24 Minuten

Der iranische Präsident Hassan Rohani kommt ans WEF, um neue Wirtschaftskontakte zu knüpfen. Denn sein Vorgänger hat ihm ein Land am Rande des Ruins hinterlassen: wirtschaftlich, politisch, moralisch.

Beim Kosmetikkonsum stehen die Iranerinnen trotz einem anderen Frauenbild ihrer geistlichen Führer weltweit an siebter Stelle. Foto: Atta Kenare (AFP)<br />
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Beim Kosmetikkonsum stehen die Iranerinnen trotz einem anderen Frauenbild ihrer geistlichen Führer weltweit an siebter Stelle. Foto: Atta Kenare (AFP)

Fünf Jahre Arbeit. «Für nichts.» Nadia Shams hat ihre Freundinnen viele Monate beobachtet. Betrachtet, wie die jungen Frauen sich schminken, die Augenbrauen zupfen, Eyeliner auftragen, im Spiegel die ersten Falten beäugen. In den Jahren danach hat Nadia die Mädchen aus der Wohngemeinschaft gemalt. Ein Zyklus aus 15 grossformatigen Bildern: Minuten aus dem Leben junger Iranerinnen, sehr intim. Der Teheraner Galerist ist begeistert, die Porträts hängen zwei Tage. Dann kommt der Anruf. Die Zensurbehörde lässt Nadia wissen, dass das dargestellte Frauenbild nicht zu dem passe, was die Islamische Republik propagiert: «Du wirbst für eine Kultur, die nicht die unsere ist.»

Eine Kultur, die nicht die unsere ist. In einem Land, in dem Frauen und Mädchen am frühen Morgen aussehen, als träten sie aus dem Beautysalon. Als seien sie nicht auf dem Weg zur Arbeit, zur Bäckerei, sondern zum Ball. Beim Kosmetikkonsum steht der Iran weltweit an siebter Stelle, im Mittleren Osten verbrauchen nur die saudischen Frauen mehr Lippenstift: Der eingeschüchterte Galerist hat die Bilder dennoch sofort von der Wand genommen.

So ist der Iran: voller Hoffnungen, voller Misserfolge, Frustrationen. Bis zu den Atomgesprächen in Genf vor ein paar Wochen: ein grosses Drama. Zentrifugen, die sich immer schneller drehten, Kriegsdrohungen aus Israel, immer neue, aus dem Hut gezauberte Wunderwaffen im Iran. Die Aussenminister der Grossmächte flogen schliesslich in Genf ein, sprachen mit den Persern, reisten zornig wieder ab, schüttelten ihnen nach weiteren Tagen des Geschachers am Ende doch die Hände: der diplomatische Durchbruch. Zeitungen weltweit jubelten, eine neue Ära breche an. Der Iran und der Westen würden den alles lähmenden Atomstreit beilegen, sich annähern, die Wirtschaft des Landes werde sich erholen, Frieden für den ganzen Nahen Osten sei greifbar.

Die Vertreter der amerikanischen Ölkonzerne, die Autobosse in Frankreich, die deutschen Maschinenbauer nahmen Witterung auf. Sie hoffen auf das grosse Geschäft. Nach 30 Jahren Isolation sind die persischen Pipelines löchrig, die Fabriken marode. Der Markt eines 75-Millionen-Volks schreit nach Fliessbändern, Walzwerken, Fertigprodukten. Ein deutscher Wirtschaftsvertreter sagt: «Der Iran ist das Filetstück weltweit – viele Rohstoffe, eine grosse Bevölkerung, hoher Nachholbedarf.»

«Sie stecken dich in einen Sack»

Saeed verkauft Obst, an der Strasse Isfahan–Teheran, der Wind ist beissend kalt in der Wüstenlandschaft: «Granatäpfel, Orangen, Zitronen. Was ich anbiete, richtet sich nach der Saison.» Saeed hat Sorgen, seine Tochter heiratet bald. Er muss das Geld für die Aussteuer zusammenkratzen. Für den Kühlschrank, die Waschmaschine, den Fernseher, den Mixer. «Die Preise sind ins Unermessliche gestiegen. Alles kostet das Vierfache.» Saeed hat kein Geld, kein Talent. Warum er so leben muss, wie er lebt, das begreift er. Er dreht den Kopf nach hinten, blickt auf die Teppichfabrik zwischen den Feldern. Da hat er früher gearbeitet, bevor sie ihm vor sechs Jahren gekündigt haben: «Die stammt noch aus der Zeit des Schahs. Jetzt ist sie pleite.» Viel will Saeed nicht sagen. Er kennt sein Land: «Die holen dich. Die stecken dich in einen Sack.» Der Obstverkäufer ist einer der ewigen Habenichtse, für welche die Islamische Revolution angeblich ausgekämpft wurde vor 30 Jahren. So wie für die Intellektuellen, die Künstler, die Jugend. Saeed kann nicht lesen, nicht schreiben. Aber er kann sich erinnern. «Als ich Kind war, zu Zeiten des Schahs, da ging es uns Iranern besser. Wir hatten zu essen, wir waren nicht traurig. Heute sind wir traurig.»



Appellvorschlag für den iranischen Menschenrechtsverteidiger Abdolfattah Soltani

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“Führer” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme Leader Islamic Republic
Shahid Keshvar Doust Street,
Islamische Republik Iran
Tel: +98 21 64412020
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Präsident Hassan Rohani
His Excellency Hassan Rohani
The Presidency
Palestine Avenue Azerbaijan Intersection
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Annual Prison Census 2013 – Iran

Journalists in prison as of December 1, 2013

Iran: 35

Adnan Hassanpour, Aso
Imprisoned: January 25, 2007

Security agents seized Hassanpour, 32, editor of the now-defunct Kurdish-Persian weekly Aso, in his hometown of Marivan, Kurdistan province, according to news reports. In July 2007, a Revolutionary Court convicted him on anti-state charges and sentenced him to death. After a series of appeals and reversals, he was sentenced in May 2010 to 15 years in prison, his defense lawyer, Saleh Nikbakht, told the independent press outlet Human Rights Activists News Agency.

The government’s case against Hassanpour amounted to a series of assertions by security agents, his defense attorney, Sirvan Hosmandi, told CPJ in 2008. Hassanpour’s sister, Lily, told CPJ that she believed his critical writings were behind the charges.

Hassanpour was being held at Sanandaj Central Prison in Kurdistan Province. He has not been allowed furlough during his time in prison despite repeated requests by his lawyer and family, news reports said. His sister told the Committee of Human Rights Reporters in 2013 that the journalist’s overall health had deteriorated in prison from lack of proper medical care.

Mohammad Seddigh Kaboudvand, Payam-e-Mardom
Imprisoned: July 1, 2007

Plainclothes security officials arrested journalist and human rights activist Kaboudvand, 49, at his Tehran office, according to Amnesty International and CPJ sources. He was being held at Evin Prison in Tehran.

Authorities charged Kaboudvand, head of the Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan and managing editor of the weekly Payam-e-Mardom, with acting against national security and engaging in propaganda against the state, according to his organization’s website. A Revolutionary Court in Tehran sentenced him to 11 years in prison in 2008. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iranian Imprisoned lawyer and Canadian Human Rights defender Received ICHR Prestigious HR Award

Photo credit: Siavosh Bahman for ICHR

 Toronto, Canada – November 26, 2013 - The International Center for Human Rights (ICHR) announced today that Mr. Abdolfattah Soltani, Iranian imprisoned lawyer and Mr. Alex Neve, Canadian lawyer and director of Amnesty International Canada were received ICHR 2013 prestigious human rights award during ICHR’s Award Ceremony on Sunday November 24 in Toronto. (Read in Farsi)

After a careful review of nominations, ICHR’s Award Committee selected Abdolfattah Soltani and Alex Neve for ICHR 2013 prestigious human rights award. The Award Committee said two award winners have made a significant contribution to advancing and protecting human rights in Iran and middle-eastern countries.

The award ceremony recognized the work of human rights defenders towards the advancement of human rights in Iran and its neighboring countries.

Ardeshir Zarezadeh, ICHR director and Professor Irwin Cotler presented the first award to Mr. Gholamhossein raiesi, Iranian human rights defender, who has accepted the award on behalf of Abdolfattah Soltani and conveyed Mr. Soltani’s acceptance message to the audience.

The second award presented to Ms. Shamila Setaram, the president of Amnesty International Canada, by Dr. Houshang Bouzari, ICHR board member. She has accepted the award on behalf of Alex Neve and conveyed Mr. Neve’s acceptance message to the audience.    Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Markus Löning| Iran: Menschenrechtsbeauftragter fordert Aussetzung der Todesstrafe

Zur weiter steigenden Zahl von Hinrichtungen in Iran erklärte der Menschenrechtsbeauftragte der Bundesregierung im Auswärtigen Amt, Markus Löning, heute (29.11.2013):

Die derzeitige Hinrichtungswelle in Iran macht mich fassungslos. Seit Jahresbeginn wurden über 400 Personen hingerichtet. Auch seit dem Amtsantritt Präsident Ruhanis im August 2013 wurde die Todesstrafe ca. 200-mal vollstreckt. Dies steht im eklatanten Widerspruch zu seinen Ankündigungen, sich für Fortschritte im Menschenrechtsbereich einsetzen zu wollen.

Mich erschüttert besonders, dass die Hinrichtungen häufig durch öffentliches Erhängen erfolgen, das zu einem qualvollen Erstickungstod führt. Mich bestürzt, dass immer noch Menschen zum Tode verurteilt werden, die zum Tatzeitpunkt minderjährig waren.

Die Bundesregierung lehnt die Todesstrafe unter allen Umständen ab. Ich appelliere daher an alle Verantwortlichen in Iran, die Vollstreckung bereits ergangener Todesurteile mit sofortiger Wirkung auszusetzen, ein entsprechendes Moratorium in Kraft zu setzen und sich damit dem weltweiten Trend zur Abschaffung der Todesstrafe anzuschließen.


Seit Anfang des Jahres wurden nach dem Auswärtigen Amt vorliegenden Informationen bereits über 400 Personen hingerichtet (zum Vergleich: 2012 ca. 370). Die Dunkelziffer dürfte wesentlich höher liegen.

Dem aktuellen Bericht des UN-Sonderberichterstatters zu Iran, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, zufolge ist insbesondere seit den Präsidentschaftswahlen im Juni 2013 ein enormer Anstieg an Hinrichtungen zu verzeichnen.

Iran hat sich mit der Ratifizierung des Internationalen Pakts über bürgerliche und politische Rechte verpflichtet, die Todesstrafe nur für schwerste Verbrechen vorzusehen und Mindeststandards, wie das Verbot besonders grausamer Formen der Hinrichtung und das Verbot des Vollzugs der Todesstrafe an zum Tatzeitpunkt Minderjährigen einzuhalten.


Tom Koenigs: Iranischer Menschenrechtsverteidiger Abdolfattah Soltani im Hungerstreik

„Ich bin tief besorgt um die Gesundheit von Abdolfattah Soltani, der sich angesichts der Haftbedingungen im berüchtigten Evin-Gefängnis in Teheran zum Hungerstreik gezwungen sieht. Als Menschenrechtsverteidiger leistet Soltani einen unschätzbaren Beitrag für Menschenrechte im Iran. Dafür erhielt er 2009 den Nürnberger Menschenrechtspreis, 2012 wurde er wegen seines Engagements zu 13 Jahren Haft verurteilt.

Die gesamte iranische Regierung, allen voran Justizminister Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi, muss endlich für menschenwürdige Haftbedingungen in den Iranischen Gefängnissen sorgen – für alle Gefangenen. Ein Staat, der stolz darauf ist, dass er die Würde des Menschen hoch hält und den Internationalen Pakt über bürgerliche und politische Rechte unterzeichnet und ratifiziert hat, darf so nicht mit seinen Bürgern umgehen! Dies ist nicht nur eine internationale Verpflichtung, sondern eine Frage der Menschlichkeit.”


New video documents Iranian government’s sponsored violence against its own Baha’is citizens

Parva Rahmanian and her family used to run a flower shop in Iran – until the government revoked their business license.

The reason given was simple: as Baha’is, they were “unclean” – and so were their floral designs. The uncleanliness of the Baha’is was, to the world’s great shock and outrage, the subject of a recent fatwa by the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

“We received a letter from the Justice Bureau saying that as a florist one’s hands get wet while decorating flowers, and given that Baha’is are considered unclean by the high-ranking clerics…, the work permit was revoked,” says Ms. Rahmanian in a new video released today by the Baha’i International Community.

Ms. Rahmanian’s story is one of many personal accounts of persecution faced by Iranian Baha’is featured in the 17-minute video, which is titled “Violence with Impunity” and is available on the BIC’s YouTube channel.

The new production, which is available in English and Persian, is based in part on a recent report of the BIC with the same title, which was released in March. However, the video also features numerous new interviews done over the last six months in the United States and Europe.

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  • Parva Rahmanian, one of the people interviewed in the video.

“This new video takes the dramatic statistics documented in our earlier report and illustrates them with personal accounts of what it means to live in a country where the very authorities that are supposed to protect your rights are the ones behind your oppression,” said Diane Ala’i, a representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations in Geneva.

Naim Sobhani, for example, describes what it was like as a child growing up in Iran and having to face vilification from teachers.

” ‘These Bahai’s are dirty, they are unethical, they are unclean non-believers, do not dine with them, do not socialize with them, do not befriend them,’” he recounts his teachers as saying. “As a child in the elementary school, hearing the teacher saying this sort of things in a classroom to your classmates in the class,” said Mr. Sobhani, who now lives in the United States.

Also featured are several human rights activists.

Mahnaz Parakand, an attorney who defended Baha’is before having to flee Iran herself, talks about how the government uses false charges of espionage to prosecute and imprison Baha’is.

“The only reason they cite for espionage on the part of the Baha’is is that the shrines of the great figures of the Baha’i Faith are located in Israel, which are considered sites of pilgrimage for the Baha’is,” said Ms. Parakand.

“As a Muslim, when I go to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage, does the mere fact that the House of God, the Kaaba, is located in Saudi Arabia mean all Muslims in the world could be spying for Saudi Arabia in their native countries?” she said.

Karim Lahidji, president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), says Iran’s policy has been “to increase the pressure on the Bahai community so that in the best case scenario they would relinquish their beliefs.”

The original report documents a rising tide of violence directed against the Iranian Baha’i community – and the degree to which attackers enjoy complete impunity from prosecution or punishment.

From 2005 through 2012, for example, there were 52 cases where Baha’is have been held in solitary confinement, and another 52 incidents where Baha’is have been physically assaulted. Some 49 incidents of arson against Baha’i homes and shops, more than 30 cases of vandalism, and at least 42 incidents of cemetery desecration were also documented.

Quelle: BAHAI

News from Iran – Week 41 – 2013

Prisoner News


  • Sajad Beit-Abdollah, from Shush, sentenced to 15 years in prison in exile, transferred to Gorgan prison.
  • Ahmad Dabat, from Shush, sentenced to 20 years in prison in exile, transferred to Rasht prison.
  • Ahmad Kaabi (Zaghibi) from Shush, sentenced to 15 years in prison in exile, transferred to Kerman prison.
  • Jafar Kaabi, from Shush, sentenced to 15 years in prison in exile, transferred to Yazd prison.
  • Ali (Jajeh) Kanani, from Shush, sentenced to 20 years in prison in exile, transferred to Sari prison.
  • Yousef Khazaraji, from Shush, sentenced to 10 years in prison in exile, transferred to Shiraz prison.
  • Abdollah Momeni transferred to prison infirmary in emergency.
  • Maryam Naghash-Zargaran (Nasim), Christian convert, transferred from Evin to Modarres hospital.
  • Hasan Naseri, from Shush, sentenced to 20 years in prison in exile, transferred to Sabzevar prison.
  • Sunni prisoner Foad Rezazadeh transferred to Evin prison ward 209.
  • Abbas Sagouri, from Shush, sentenced to 15 years in prison in exile, transferred to Hamedan prison.
  • Maryam Shafeepour transferred to general ward in Evin.
  • Arash Sharifi, Sunni prisoner of Rejaei Shahr prison, transferred to Kashan prison.



  • Journalist Masoud Bastani back to Rejaei Shahr at the end of furlough.
  • Baha’i Hassan Bazar Afkan arrested.
  • Mousavi’s senior adviser Alireza Beheshti Shirazi is back in Evin after 2 weeks out on furlough.
  • Mostafa Faghihi the managing director of Entekhab site, arrested and sent to Evin for one day then released on bail.
  • Green Movement activist Dr. Alireza Rajabianfard arrested and taken to Evin to start serving his 3 1/2 years sentence.
  • Tens of people charged with promoting homosexuality and Satanism arrested in Kermanshah.



  • Journalist Bahman Ahmadi Amouei released on furlough.
  • Journalist/HR activist Ahmad Asgari has been released on bail after more than 3 months detention most of it in solitary.
  • Amir Chamani released from prison.
  • Civil activist Mehdi Hamidi Shafigh has been released from Tabriz central prison.
  • Political prisoner Mohammad Reza Hosseini released from Bandar Abbas prison.
  • Student activist Afshin Keshtkari released from Shiraz Adelabad prison after completing his 6 months sentence.
  • Mohammad-Reza Moghiseh released on furlough.
  • Mohsen Mohagheghi released on furlough.
  • Kurdish political prisoner Hamzeh Sobhani has been released from Dizelabad prison in Kermanshah. He had served half of his 6 years sentence.
  • Mehdi Tajik released on furlough.


Other News

  • Hamed Ghasemi-Shal reunited with his wife in Toronto.
  • Ayatollah Hossein Kazemeini-Boroujerdi suffers a heart attack in prison.


News of injustice in Iran

  • Dervish Gonabadi Hamid-Reza Arayesh sentenced to exile for life to Khouzestan.
  • Dervish Gonabadi Kazem Dehghani sentenced to exile for life to Sistan-Baluchestan.
  • Regime critic blogger Dr. Mehdi Khazali has been sentenced to 6 years imprisonment.
  • Court of Appeals has sentenced Christian Maryam Naghash Zargaran to 4 years.
  • Dervish Gonabadi Mohammad-Ali Shamshirzan sentenced to exile for life to Hormozgan.
  • Morteza Vafaei, Sunni student, sentenced to 21 months in prison.
  • 6 hangings in Yazd central prison.
  • 2 executions in Shahrekord prison.
  • 2 public executions in Babol, carried out by victims’ family member.
  • 3 executions in Ardabil prison.
  • 1 execution in Bandar Abbas prison.
  • 3 executions in Rasht, one publicly.
  • One public execution in Fars province.


University – Culture

  • 13 students from the Shiraz Medical University summoned by intelligence ministry in the past month.



  • Semnan Lining Machine workers protest the delay of 11 month salary.
  • Death row prisoners’ families gathered in front of revolutionary court in Tehran.


Iran abroad

  • New German and Dutch ambassadors nominated in Tehran.


Iran Economics

  • More than 100 workers of Shiraz Marvdasht Factory have not received wages since 15 months.
  • The Central Bank confirmed that the annual inflation rate exceeded 40% on most essential items for August/September. The cost of food and drink rose by 51%, shoes by 60%, and utilities, water, and fuel by 21%. Health care was 43% more expensive and transport 45%. Only communications and education had increases of less than 15%.
  • 2 auto assembly plants, Kerman Motors and Modiran halt production.


Iran Politics

  • President Rouhani appointed Ms. Shahindokht Mowlaverdi as Vice President and Head of Center for Women and Family Affairs.
  • Elham Aminzadeh said: “Fifty complaints by Ahmadinejad’s government against some media organizations, members of the parliament, political activists and media activists were annulled.”
  • Mohammad Hossein Moghimi was appointed governor general of Markazi province, Mohammad Vakili of Semnan provinces, Hasan Sadeghlu of Golestan province and Mohammad Reza Morvarid of Ilam province.
  • Sorena Sattari has been appointed as vice-president for science and technology.
  • Rouhani appointed Mohammad Shariatmadari as Vice President for Executive Affairs.



  • Iran: attempt to sabotage a nuclear site, four people arrested.
  • 5 IRGC members killed and 2 injured in clashes with the Kurdish PKK Corps in Kurdistan.



News from Iran – Week 40 – 2013

Prisoner News


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.



  • 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.



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


Source: by lissnup


Iran: Sufi Activists Convicted in Unfair Trials

Iran’s judiciary should abandon charges and quash the verdicts against 11 members of a Sufi sect convicted in unfair trials and informed of their sentences in July 2013. Those in detention should be freed immediately and unconditionally.

The evidence suggests that all 11 were prosecuted and convicted solely because of their peaceful activities on behalf of the largest Sufi order in Iran or in connection with their contributions to a news website dedicated to uncovering rights abuses against members of the order.

“The Sufi trials bore all the hallmarks of a classic witch hunt,” said Tamara Alrifai, Middle East advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. “It seems that authorities targeted these members of one of Iran’s most vulnerable minorities because they tried to give voice to the defense of Sufi rights.” Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

A TV report on the Hope Concert for the People of Iran

Here’s a TV report (in Persian) about the Hope Concert for human rights in Iran, which a number of international artists put on in Berlin last month.

گزارشی از کنسرت امید برای ایران در شهر برلین آلمان با هنرمندی هنرمندانی از کشور های مختلف برای همراهی با مردم ایران و به نفع سازمان های حقوق بشری و حامیان کودک در ایران.


Saeed Zeinali story

Saeed Zeinali, one of the students in the 18 Tir student uprising (July 9th, 1999), the most widespread and violent public protests to occur in Iran since the early years of the Iranian Revolution, has been missing since that time.
Saeed, a computer science major at Tehran University, was taken away by Intelligence and Security Units of the IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) at his home on July 10th. The only contact his family has had with him was a phone call that he was permitted to make three months later. Since then, his family has not heard from him, has not seen him, and has no information about his health or his whereabouts.
Saeed’s mother Akram Naghabi and his sister have found that pursuing information about Saeed has not only been futile but also endangers his family. Saeed’s mother and sister were detained inside the Intelligence Ministry’s Ward 209 at Evin Prison for two months due to their interview with Voice of America about Saeed’s disappearance. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran: Opposition Figure’s Health Raises Red Flags |Human Rights Watch

The hospitalization of a detained opposition figure and the death of an imprisoned labor rights activist highlight the problems that prisoners in Iran face in accessing adequate medical care and regular visits, Human Rights Watch said today. On July 2, 2013, security forces took Mir Hossein Mousavi, a 2009 presidential candidate, from house arrest to a Tehran hospital, where doctors treated him for complications related to his blood pressure. Security forces have prevented Mousavi from receiving the regular medical checks doctors had recommended for a serious heart ailment.

Mousavi’s transfer to a hospital came less than two weeks after the sudden death of a 42-year-old trade union activist, Afshin Osanlou, who was serving a five-year sentence at a prison near Tehran. Authorities say he died from a heart attack. Families and associates of other detainees serving time on politically motivated charges have said that authorities have denied them access to medical care or regular family visits, deepening their isolation and increasing fears for their safety and well-being.

“Afshin Osanlou’s untimely death and Mousavi’s hospitalization both underscore the precarious conditions for ailing prisoners in Iran, especially people being held incommunicado,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Whatever the precise cause of Osanlou’s death, the shroud of secrecy and the abuses to which Iran’s political prisoners are regularly exposed shows the urgent need for far-reaching prison reform.” Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

IRI authorities responsible for human rights and sexual abuse of women among presidential candidates

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In anticipation of the June 14 presidential election Justice for Iran (JFI) held an international symposium to mark the completion of a project documenting more than three decades of cases involving sexual torture of women. The symposium held in London on Saturday 8 June entitled “When Sleeping Women Wake, Mountains Move“, featured talks by prominent human rights advocates and victims of genocide, mass murder, rape and sexual torture in Rwanda, the Sudan and Iran. In this light, JFI presented its policy brief “Raped out of Paradise: Women in Prisons of the Islamic Republic of Iran” based on its two-volume report “Crime and Impunity: Sexual Torture of Women in Islamic Republic Prisons” detailing torture and sexual violence against women in Iran since 1979.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, provided statistics on the violation of women’s rights, including the widespread use of mental and sexual torture, and noted the absence of Iranian women in the top echelons of the national political system, including the presidential election. He discussed abuse, especially against women’s rights activists, by referring to the existence of harassment, arrest, torture, and ban from foreign travel. Furthermore, Dr. Shaheed noted the importance of JFI’s efforts in documenting the abuses against women in Iran with the aim of including such information in future truth commissions or tribunals. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Healing torture survivors: A call for action on the International Day in support of victims of torture

“I was savagely beaten and repeatedly raped,” says Sabeen, a Syrian 24-year-old refugee and torture survivor. “I had my hands and feet bound and was held captive for three weeks.”

Sabeen is tall and shy. She recounts the events of March 2012 when, along with her cousin and brother, she was kidnapped by armed men and taken to a home in a nearby community. “During the captivity I was forced to watch as my cousin and brother were beaten and then murdered.”

With her remaining family members, Sabeen managed to flee to Amman, Jordan. The effects of the torture started to show: she suffered from headaches, chronic pain, depression, anxiety and nightmares.

She was referred to the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) by her mother, who had attended a community awareness raising event in which CVT staff explained the effects of torture and how survivors could receive help.

CVT, a non-governmental organization that provides mental health, physical therapy and social services to victims of torture, was awarded at the end of 2012 a twelve-month emergency grant by the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture to provide direct assistance to Syrian refugee torture survivors in Jordan.

The Fund, which is entirely reliant on annual voluntary contributions received from Governments, the private sector, and individuals, disburses grants to a wide variety of organizations that provide psychological, medical, social, legal and economic assistance to victims of torture to rebuild their lives. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Justice for Iran Goes Online with Documentary on Sexual Torture in the Islamic Republic

In anticipation of 26 June, the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, JFI is announcing the on-line release of its documentary Final MomentsIn this groundbreaking production victims and witnesses recall experiences involving rape of virgin girls prior to execution and sexual torture at the hands of Islamic Republic prison authorities since 1979.

The film was premiered at JFI’s recent international symposium on 8 June in London, United Kingdom, marking the completion of its two-year-long research project on the issue of sexual torture over the past 34 years in Islamic Republic prisons. During the symposium JFI focussed on its bipartite in-depth report, Crimes and Impunity, highlighting the illegal nature of state policies that have left thousands of victims without legal recourse to physical or emotional rehabilitation and compensation. “The Islamic Republic authorities deny their role in subjecting countless citizens to torture of any kind and justify sexual torture, such as rape of virgins prior to execution, in the name of Islam,” said Shadi Sadr, the Executive Director of Justice for Iran.

Almost two hundred victims voluntarily provided testimonies pertaining to horrific details of various forms of torture they were subjected to while in custody. In addition to Crimes and Impunity JFI produced a policy brief Raped Out of Paradise outlining illegal Islamic Republic policies tantamount to crimes against humanity, and steps foreign policy makers, the international community including the European Union and the United Nations, must take to end the culture of impunity prevalent among Islamic Republic authorities and agencies.

Through the on-line release of Final Moments JFI calls on the Islamic Republic of Iran, a signatory of the International Bill of Human Rights, to live up to its state responsibilities by both protecting the rights of Iranians who have been subjected to torture in Islamic Republic prisons and preventing future violations.

To mark this UN international day a number of independent experts have highlighted the practice of torture throughout the globe, the need for a victim-centric approach to its elimination and the steps necessary to not only seek reparation but to prevent future violations. The call for action to mark this important day is available at:

To find out more about JFI and its recent publications and production on sexual torture in Iran, and to arrange an interview email Media Desk at:


Journalists in exile 2013 – Somalis, Syrians flee violence; Iran crackdown deepens

Fifty-five journalists fled their homes in the past year with help from the Committee to Protect Journalists. The most common reason to go into exile was the threat of violence, such as in Somalia and Syria, two of the most deadly countries in the world for the profession. Others fled the threat of prison, especially in Iran, where the government deepened its crackdown ahead of elections. A CPJ special report by Nicole Schilit

Syrians take shelter at a refugee camp near the border with Turkey. (Reuters/Muhammad Najdet Qadour/Shaam News Network)

Syrians take shelter at a refugee camp near the border with Turkey. (Reuters/Muhammad Najdet Qadour/Shaam News Network)

Published June 19, 2013

With 20 years of experience as an investigative reporter in Mexico, Verónica Basurto was well aware of the dangers when she began reporting on flagrant flaws in the Mexican judicial system. For years, she had known her home and mobile phones were tapped, and that she was often followed. But Basurto had never thought about leaving journalism, or Mexico, until this year, when she began receiving graphic text messages detailing how her family would be murdered. Terrified, she sought immediate protection from Mexican authorities, who only provided her with a panic button to contact them in an emergency. The threats continued to escalate. “And that’s when real panic set in, and I thought: I have to get out of this country,” she told CPJ in tears. “I knew I could live in fear, but what I could not bear was something happening to my family.” With help from international groups, Basurto fled Mexico for Europe in March, carrying few personal belongings. She had no other way to protect her loved ones. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

UN Should Investigate Iran on Racism and Intolerence

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