Saturday, 10 August 2013

News from Iran – Week 32 – 2013

Prisoners’ News


  • 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.



  • 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.



  • 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.



  • 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



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


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