Tuesday, 12 November 2013

News from Iran – Week 45 – 2013

Prisoner News


  • Pastor Saeed Abedini transferred from Evin to Rejaei Shahr prison.
  • Sevada Aghasar transferred from ward 209 to 350 in Evin.
  • Kamal Molaei, Jamshid Dehghani, Hamed Ahmadi, Kurdish Sunni, transferred from Ghezel Hesar to an unknown location.
  • Hasan Bazrafkan transferred from Intel to Shiraz prison.
  • Protesting denial of hospitalization to other sick Dervishes, Mostafa Daneshjoo released from hospital on his request and returned to Evin; two days later, he was returned to Tajrish hospital.
  • Ebrahim Firouzi transferred from ward 209 to 350 in Evin.
  • Ebadollah Ghasemzadeh transferred from Urmia to Yazd prison.
  • Kurdish political activist Maryam Moghadasi transferred from Evin to hospital.
  • Bakhshali and Sahnad-Ali Mohammadi, transferred from Urmia to Yazd prison.
  • Gonabadi dervish Hamid-Reza Moradi-Sarvestani transferred to Tajrish hospital.
  • Journalist Keyvan Samimi has been transferred to Tehran Heart Center for treatment.
  • Lawyer Abdolfatah Soltani transferred to Evin clinic on the 5th day of his hunger strike.
  • Vahid Taghvajo transferred from Intel to Shiraz prison.



  • Hasan Damirchi (Mohammad-Hasan Hargeli) arrested to serve his 6 month sentence.
  • Baha’i Anisa Dehghani-Mahmoudi begins serving her 6 month sentence in Vakilabad prison.
  • Kurdish student Ali Emami arrested in Hamedan.
  • Mostafa Khalilirad, Kurdish activist, arrested in Khorasan.
  • Loghman Parastish, a Kurdish religious figure in the city of Bokan, has been placed under house arrest by Iran’s intelligence agency
  • Saeed Pourazizi the managing director of the banned newspaper “Bahar” has been arrested



  • Davoud Abdollahi, Ghasem Abesteh, Khosro Besharat-Far, Ayoub Karimi, Anwar Khezri, Mamousta Farhad Salimi, and Kamran Sheikhi all acquitted in first trial after 4 years detention
  • Christian Mostafa (Mohamad Hadi) Bordbar released from Evin after being acquitted of all charges by the Revolutionary Court.
  • Student activist Majid Dori has been released on furlough.
  • Saeed Pourazizi CEO of banned reformist newspaper Bahar released on bail.
  • Mehdi Taghighi released from Rejaei Shahr prison after serving out his one year sentence.


Other News

  • Mohammad-Amin Abdollahi and Fakhroldin Faraji on hunger strike to protest surge of ethnic minorities’ executions.
  • Esmail Barzegar, Amir-Khosrow Dalirsani, Mehdi Khodaei, Saeed Madani, Hassan Pourseifi and Abdolfattah Soltani on hunger strike to protest conditions of sick prisoners.
  • Amanj Parvizi, brother of Arman Parvizi arrested.


News of injustice in Iran

  • Shirkoo Moarefi was executed in Saqqez prison.
  • Arman Parvizi architecture student sentenced to death.
  • Rahim Sarkar Chief Editor of weekly “Hadis” sentenced to 16 months in prison.
  • 2 hangings in Semnan on Sunday.
  • 5 executions in Kermanshah, 1 hanging in Rasht prison, 9 men and 2 women hanged in Urmia prison , 6 hangings in Kerman and Bam prison, and 1 hanging in Ahvaz on Monday.
  • 5 hangings in Jiroft on Wednesday.
  • One hanging in Sanandaj and 2 hangings in Bandar Abbas prison on Thursday.


University – Culture

  • Japan honours Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami for his invaluable contribution to the industry.
  • Another Iranian reformist newspaper closed in Iran, Hamihan: it was just relaunched last week.
  • Ali Janati, Minister of Culture, calls for free access to social networking sites.



  • Demonstrations at Hormozgan University.
  • 750 Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Factory workers on strike re conditions.
  • Demonstration in Marivan against execution of political prisoners.


Iran abroad

  • Adeli, an Iranian was elected as Secretary general of Gas Exporting Countries Forum .
  • Iran arrests Al Qaeda member on border with Pakistan.
  • A call for Putin – Dr. Massoumeh Ebtekar called for immediate release of Greenpeace Activists.
  • Iran Revolutionary Guards commander killed in Syria.
  • FM Zarif in Paris for UNESCO General Conference; he meets French FM Fabius.
  • FIFA president visits Iran.
  • Egyptian police arrested Ahmed Fahim Abdel Azim al-Siufi, Cairo’s Al-Alam (Iranian state-run Arabic news channel) bureau chief.


Iran Economics

  • 25 Workers unemployed due to closure of “Felez Gorgan” Factory
  • Indian crude oil imports from Iran drop by over 40% this year.


Iran Politics

  • Habibollah Asgaroladi died.
  • The cabinet appointed Majid Khodabakhsh for Ardabil and Qasem Soleymani for Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari provinces.
  • President Hassan Rouhani appoints Minister of the Interior Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli Chairman of the National Security Council.



  • Armed clash in the Kurdish town of Kamyaran.
  • Dozens in hospital affected by pollution in Southern Iran.
  • Zabol prosecutor shot dead by two men.
  • Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) opened fire on a Kurdish civilian outside the town of Nowsoud.


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