Iranian Human Rights Activist Groups in EU and North America (IHRAG)

Evidence about the widespread, planned and systematic

violation of Human Rights in Iran

 

 

َAugust 2006

 

 In this report a little part of the human rights violations instances in Iran has been compiled

 

Students: Summons & Questioning

 

1- Hamed Isma’ili and Hassan Khayyati, students of the University of Ardabil, were summoned by the Islamic Revolution Court of Ardabil for questioning. These students had been arrested, during 10 days, by the security forces, during the popular protests of the month of Khordad, 1385 (2006 May 22 through June 21) in Ardabil.( Student committee for defense of political prisoner 2006/7/24)

 

2- Rouzbeh Shafi’, the former Secretary of the Islamic Association of the Students of the Khajeh Nassiroddin Tousi University, was summoned for trial by the 26th.Branch of the Tehran Revolution Court for the following charges: action against national security and distribution of lies. (ILNA 2006/8/5)

 

Students: Trials    

 

3- Mohammad Reza Rahimi Rad, Member of The Republican Students Association of the Yazd University, was tried by the Branch No.1 of the Yazd Revolutionary Court, for the charge of insulting Khamene’i (ISNA 2006/7/26)

 

4- Amir Is’haghi, Member of the Republican Students Association of the Yazd University, was tried by the 7th.Branch of the Appeals Court of the Yazd Province, for the charge of propagation activity against the regime. He had been sentenced to 6 months suspended prison in the preliminary court. (ISNA 2006/7/26)

 

5- Lafteh Sorkheh, student of the Chamran University of Ahwaz, was sentenced to 10 years punitive prison in exile by the Assessment Branch of the Supreme Court of Iran, for the charge of action against national security by starting an illegal association (ILNA 2006/7/26).

 

6- Sajjad Niknam, the former Secretary of the Islamic Association of the Students of the Oroumieh University, was tried by the 5th.Branch of the Oroumieh Revolution Court for the following charges: action against national security, distribution of lies, and collaboration with secessionists and royalists.(ILNA 2006/8/5)

 

Students: Arrests

 

7- Payman Meskin Khoda, member of the Islamic Association of the Students of the Razi University of Kermanshah, was released from the Diesel-abad prison, by the order of the judge of the 7th Branch of the Prosecution Dept. of Kermanshah with a 10-million-Touman bail order. This Member of the General Council of the Unity Strengthening Office, had been arrested by the agents of the Information Dept. of the Kermanshah Revolutionary Guards Army ( Sepah-e-Pasdaran) in Tehran and transferred to Kermanshah, 21 days ago.(ISNA 2006/8/14)

 

Students: Sentences issued by Courts

 

8- According to Siavash Khoda-shenas, the Secretary of the Islamic Association of the Students of the Mazandaran University ”13 members of the Islamic Association of the Students of this University, have been sentenced to verbal and written reprimands by the disciplinary committee.(ILNA 2006/8/2)

 

9- Seven Arab students, of the Chamran University of Ahwaz, have been sentenced to punishments from 11 to 17 years prison, by the primary court and the endorsement of the Assessment Branch of the Supreme Court of Iran due to publishing a publication titled : ”Aghlam-ol-Talabeh”.(ISNA 2006/8/2)

 

10- Mehdi Shirzad, a student of the Tehran University, was sentenced to 2 years suspended prison by the Branch No.26 of the Tehran Revolution Court, confirmed by the Branch No.36 of the Appeals Court of the Tehran Province for the following charges: gathering and conspiracy for committing a crime.(ILNA  2006/8/5).

 

Prevention of Activities of Student Groups

 

11- The senior Directors of the Amir Kabir University, supported by the Chancelor and representative  of the Supreme Leader Foundation in the University, attacked the Office of the Islamic Association of the Students, destructed the building and the properties of the Association. Destruction operations took place in the presence of the information, security and disciplinary forces. (The Amir Kabir Newsletter  2006/7/31)

 

The Press: Suppressions

 

12- The internet newspaper called “Iran-e-Ma”, published by the Chief Editor Bijan Saf-sari, was filtered by the Filtering Committee, by the order of the Information Ministry for the charge of hostility against the Islamic Republic.(Iran-e-Ma 2006/8/6).

 

13- The publication licenses of the quarterly ”Kaziouh”, published by Chief Editor Alireza Heshmati, and the monthly “Leylakh”, published by the Editor Hamid Salimi, were revoked by the Board of Supervision over the Press of the Department of Culture and Islamic Guidance of the Kurdistan Province for the charge of delay in publication.(Mookerian Web Log 2006/8/9)

 

14- After the spread of the news of the nomination of Ali Kheir-andish the husband of the sister of Hashemi Samareh (the Senior Adviser to the President as the Responsible Authority of the 100 Milliard Dollar contract for gas export to China) the “Aref News” site was filtered by the Ministry of Communications and Technology, at the instruction of Hashemi Samareh. (Aref News 2006/8/21)

 

The Press: Firing of Journalists

 

15-Following a change in the management cadre of the Public Relations in the City of Tehran and transfer of the news site “Sama “ to the “Mehr” News Agency, 4 journalists and one photographer were fired. (Akhbar-e-Rooz 2006/8/8)

 

16- Mohammad Hassan Malek Mohammadi, the former Responsible Editor of the daily “Hamshahry” was summoned for trial, by the Branch No.1083 of the Tehran General Court, because of a complaint filed by the District Attorney, for the following charges: distribution of lies for the purpose of disturbing the minds of the public, publication of untrue materials. (ISNA 2006/7/31)

 

17- The Responsible Editors of the following periodicals: “Film va Cinema”, “Towlid va Masraf” “Tak” and    “Dam-pezeshk”, were summoned for trial, by the Branch No. 76 of the Criminal Court of the Tehran Province, for the following charges: distribution of lies for the purpose of disturbing the minds of the public, publication of untrue materials and use of people in pictures.(ILNA 2006/8/16).

 

The Press: Interrogation of Journalists

 

18- Morteza Fallah Meibodi, the Responsible Editor of the suppressed daily “Eghbal”, was interrogated at the Branch No.5 of the Government Employees Courthouse and freed on a 500 million Rials bail order for the following charges: publication of untrue materials, distribution of lies for the purpose of disturbing the minds of the public, propagation against the regime, and publication of the political positions of Mostafa Mo’in, Mohammad Reza Khatami, and Mohsen Armin as well as the news of Akbar Ganji’s hunger strike in prison.(ILNA 2006/8/1)

 

The Press: Trials of Journalists

 

19- Fatemeh Kamali Ahmad Sarabi, the Responsible Editor of the license-revoked monthly “Jame’e Now” was tried by the Branch No. 1083 of the Criminal Court of the Province of Tehran, presided by Judge Hossein Hosseinian, due to a complaint filed by the District Attorney,  for the following charges: propagation against the regime, insulting the sanctities and the religious beliefs of the public, publication of untrue materials, promotion of prostitution and religiously-forbidden deeds, publication of obscene materials, failure to publish the periodical in an orderly manner and imitation of the name or logo of another publication.(ILNA 2006/7/23).

 

20- Ejlal Ghavami and Sa’id Sa’edi, Sanandaj journalists, were tried by the first branch of the Revolution Court of Sanandaj, because of participation in the sit-in across the Kurdistan Provincial Government Office on the charge of insulting the authorities.(ISNA 2006/7/24).

 

21- Ali Salehabadi, the Responsible Editor of the daily ”Hambastegi” was tried by the Branch No. 76 of the Criminal Court of the Province of Tehran, presided by Judge Mohammad Reza Saremi, on the following charges: insult, distribution of lies for the purpose of disturbing the minds of the public, because of the complaints filed by, the District Attorney, the City of Tehran, the Security of the Information (Dept.) of the Disciplinary Force and Mehdi Koochekzadeh, the Tehran Representative in the Islamic Consultative Assembly (The Majles). (ILNA 2006/7/30).

 

22- Ali Asghar Ja’fari, the Responsible Editor of the daily ”Jam-e-Jam” was tried by the Branch No. 76 of the Criminal Court of the Province of Tehran, presided by Judge Mohammad Reza Saremi, on the charge of publication of untrue materials, due to complaints filed by the Mahshahr City Council and Ali Soofi, former Minister of Cooperation. (ILNA 2006/7/30)

 

23- Lotfollah Meissami, the Responsible Editor of the bimonthly ”Chashm-andaz-e-Iran” was tried by the Branch No. 76 of the Criminal Court of the Province of Tehran, presided by Judge Mohammad Reza Saremi, on the following charges:  propagation against the regime, publication of untrue materials, slanders about the Disciplinary Force, publication of materials against the constitution, promotion of materials harming the foundations of the regime, and publication of blasphemous and anti-regime materials following a complaint filed by the District Attorney. (ISNA 2006/8/13)

 

24- The Cartoonist and the Responsible Editor of the weekly “Nassim” (Breeze) of Bojnord, were tried by the Press Court of the Province, due to complaints filed by the Bassij (militia) section of the North Khorassan Province and the Deputy Commander of Information, for the charge of insulting the sanctities and disturbing the minds of the public. (ISNA 2006/8/18)

 

25- Ahmad Safa’i, the Responsible Editor of the suppressed dailies “Akhbar”, and “Akhbar-e-Eghtesad” was tried by the Branch No. 1083 of the Criminal Court of the Province of Tehran, presided by Judge Hossein Hosseinian, due to a complaint filed by the Legal Division of the Disciplinary Force, for the following charges: slander, insult and publication of lies. (ILNA 2006/8/20).

 

26- Abdul-mohammad Zahedi, the Responsible Editor of the periodical “Avay-e Kermanshah”, was tried by the Branch No. 1083 of the Criminal Court of the Province of Tehran, presided by Judge Hossein Hosseinian, due to a complaint filed by Isma’il Tatari, the former Representative of Kermanshah in the Islamic Consultative Assembly (The Majles) and “Ansar-e-Hezbollah”.(ILNA2006/8/20)

 

The Press: Sentences issued by the Courts

 

27- Abolfazl Vessali, the Chief Editor of the suppressed daily”Neday-e-Azarabadegan”, was sentenced to 6 months punitive prison by the Branch of the Press Court of the Eastern Azerbaijan, due to a complaint by the District Attorney for the charge of propagation and instigation of the people to revolt and the publication License of the ”Neday-e-Azarabadegan” was revoked. He was arrested in the course of the popular protests of Tabriz and , released from jail, after 45 days, with a 100 million Rials bail order.(ILNA 2006/7/24)

 

28- Saghi Bagheri-nia, the  Editor chef of the suppressed daily ”Asia” was sentenced to 6 months punitive prison by the Branch No.76 of the Criminal Court of the Tehran Province, endorsed by the Branch No.27 of the Supreme Court of Iran, for the following charges: propagation for anti-regime groups and promotion of materials harming the regime. The daily “Asia” was suppressed by Judge Sa’id Mortazavi and the Chief Editor of the paper was jailed. (Asia 2006/8/1)

 

29- The site of “the Centre for Defending Children’s Rights” was filtered by the Filtering Committee following the instruction of the Security Authorities. This Centre was established in the year 1378 (1999/2000) and started activity in the month of Esfand, 1382 (February 20 through March 20, 2005) by the official permission of the Interior Ministry. (The Centre for Defending Children’s Rights 2006/8/7)

 

30- Fo’ad Sadeghi, the former Responsible Editor of the site ”Baztab”, was sentenced to 91 days punitive prison, by the Branch No. 1060 of the Tehran General Court, presided by Judge Hossein Mohammadkhani, because of a complaint filed by Ali Sa’idlou, the Executive Assistant of the President, for insult and disrespect. (ISNA 2006/8/9)

 

31- Mehdi Rahmanian, the Responsible Editor of the daily”Shargh” should be replaced within a month by the order of the Board of Supervision of the Press for the following charges: publication of blasphemous materials, publication of materials incompatible with the approvals of the High Security Council, publication of matters which cause conflicts including insults to religious, political and national personalities and receiving over 70 notices and warnings. (ISNA 2006/8/12).

 

32- Alireza Khosh-andam, the responsible Editor of the periodical “Ravan-Shenasi-e-Jame’e, was sentenced to one year suspended prison by the Branch No. 76 of the Criminal Court of the Tehran Province, presided by Judge Mohammad Reza Saremi, for the following charges: promotion of the religiously forbidden deeds and publication of obscene materials. (ILNA 2006/8/14)

 

33- The publication license of the suppressed monthly “Karnameh”, published under the direction of Negar Iskandarfar as the Responsible Editor, was revoked in  the Branch 76 of the Criminal Court of the Tehran Province, by the order of Judge Mohammad Reza Saremi, for the charge of publication of obscene  and unethical materials. Negar Iskandarfar, the Responsible Editor of the periodical was sentenced to one year suspended prison. (ILNA 2006/8/14)

 

34- Zahra Amiri, the Responsible Editor of the periodical “Cinema Family”, was sentenced to payment of 1,000,000 Rials, as cash punishment, in the Branch No.76 of the Criminal Court of the Tehran Province, presided by Judge Mohammad Reza Saremi, for the charge of using persons as a tool in pictures on the complaints filed by the District Attorney and the Press and Propaganda Assistant to the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance (ILNA 2006/8/15).

 

35- Shokouh Jiroudi, the Responsible Editor of the periodical “Naghsh Afarinan”, was sentenced to payment of 5,000,000 Rials, as cash punishment, in the Branch No.76 of the Criminal Court of the Tehran Province, presided by Judge Mohammad Reza Saremi, for the charge of using persons as a tool in pictures and promotion of prostitution (ILNA 2006/8/15)

 

News about Political, Cultural and Social Activists

 

36- Abdul Fattah Soltani, Member of “Defense of Human Rights Center – DHRC”, who is sentenced to 5 years punitive prison, said: “ I believe, my sin as a whole is why I have accepted to defend political, press and student cases and two of the nuclear suspects. They want to treat me in a manner so that no lawyer would dare interfere in political cases. In this case, also, this severe sentence has been issued for my beliefs, my opinion expression and my defending political suspects. (Deutsche Welle Radio 2006/7/25)

 

37- Hossein Saffar Harandi, the Minister of Culture & Islamic Guidance, is quoted saying: “The Board of Supervision over the Press” has declared “The Islamic Iran Participation Front” ineligible to have a publication. (ILNA 2006/7/26).

 

38- Akbar A’lami, the Tabriz Representative in the Islamic Consultative Assembly (The Majles) is quoted saying “A visit of the Cell No.209 of the Evin prison, accompanied by 4 other Majles Representatives did not become possible. In the Cell No. 209, political prisoners are held and the Ministry of Information is in charge of the cell. (ILNA 2006/7/30).

 

39- The activity of “Defense of Human Rights Center – DHRC”, was declared illegal by the Commission of Clause 10 of the Parties and Groups Act, in the Ministry of the Interior, and it was mentioned that the centre would be prosecuted judicially in case of continuing to be active. (ISNA 2006/8/2).

 

40- Seyyed Ali Salehi, a Member of Iranian Writers' Association is quoted saying “In the recent 27 years of operation of the Book Audit Section, no period has been as hateful as this one; The Book Audit Section in the Ministry of Guidance has turned it to a store of books. I know publishers who have spent all their savings on books and the fruits of all their efforts, in the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, have been taken hostage by time. (ILNA 2006/8/5)

 

41- Threatened by the Security Forces, the speech of Abdulkarim Soroush in the “Religion & Modernity” seminar, in the Irshad Hosseinieh, was cancelled. (Advar News 2006/8/17)

 

42- “The Iranian Writers Center” issued a statement to declare” Stopping the publication of books and periodicals, filtering of websites and introduction of censure in various fields of theatre and play grows stronger and harder daily.” It was included in another section of the statement: “This anti-cultural policy causes the publishing and printing industry to experience bankruptcy, full disappearance of the independent theatres and plays, painting, and music as well as other thought, culture and art creation fields while adding the pressures on the writers and translators who depend on the publication of their works for a living.” (ILNA 2006/8/18).

 

43- Ms. Lili Golestan, the translator, is quoted saying “Deaths of books have started in our country, due to the conditions introduced by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. Supposedly, we should expect deaths of writers.” She added” The Conditions of the issue of permits and acknowledgements (of receipt) of books have grown very deplorable in our country. Whoever you see is standing in line to get the permit or receipt of his/her book. And yet the permits of many books, published years ago, get cancelled. When the permit of a book is revoked after 25 years, and nobody is responsible, what can be done?”  (ILNA 2006/8/18).

 

Summons of Political, Cultural and Social Activists by Courts

 

44 – Ibrahim Madadi, the Vice–president of the Tehran public transport trade union, was summoned for interrogation by the Branch 4 of the Government Employees Courthouse, for the charge of disruption of order. This labour affairs activist, had been arrested in the month of Dey, 84 (2005/12/22 through 2006/1/20), for the charge of propagation against the regime and released from prison after some time with a 200 million Rials bail order. His case is open to be processed by the Branch No.14 of the Islamic Revolution Court of Tehran. (ILNA 2006/7/28)

 

Interrogation of Political, Cultural and Social Activists

 

45- Dr.Gholam-abbas Tavassoli, member of the Central Council of the “Nehzat-e-Azadi-e-Iran” (The Liberation Movement of Iran) was interrogated by the Branch No.5 of the Government Employees Courthouse due to a complaint filed by the Guardians Council, for the following charges: propagation against the regime and publication of lies.(ILNA 2006/8/8)

 

46- Khosrow Seif, the Secretary General of “Hezb-e-Mellat-e-Iran” (The Party of the Nation of Iran) was summoned by the Ministry of Information and questioned for a few hours. During this interrogation, he was seriously warned that he had crossed the red line of the government in his expressions and statements and he shall be treated judicially, if he continues to do so. (Jebheh-ye-Melli-ye-Iran ‘The National Front of Iran’ 2006/6/27)

 

47- Dr. Mohammad Reza Khatami, Member of the Central Council of the “Jebheh-ye-Mosharekat-e-Iran-e-Islami” (The Participation Front of the Islamic Iran), and Tehran Representative in the 6th cycle of the Islamic Consultative Assembly , was interrogated by the Branch No.6 of the Government Employees Courthouse due to participation in the sit-in of the representative member of this assembly.(ILNA 2006/8/8).

 

48- Mohsen Armin, Member of the Central Council of the “ Sazeman-e-Mojahedin-e-Enghelab-e-Islami-ye-Iran” (Islamic Revolutionary Mojahedin-e) and Tehran Representative in the 6th cycle of the Islamic Consultative Assembly (The Majles), was interrogated by the Branch No. 1083 of the General Court of Tehran, presided by Judge Hossein Hosseinian, due to a complaint filed by the District Attorney, for the following charges: propagation against the regime, insulting the authorities  and distribution of lies for the purpose of disturbing the minds of the public. These charges were made because of his expressions of views and interviews with the following suppressed periodicals: “Tavana”, “Jame’e-ye Madani”, “Nowrouz”, “Asr-e-Ma”, “and Hayat-e-Now”. “Dowran-e-Emrouz”, “Akhbar-e-Eghtesad”, and “Khordad” as well as the following unsuppressed periodicals: “Seda”, “Hambastegi”, and “Aftab-e-Yazd” in the years 1378 through 1381(1999 through 2002/3). (ISNA 2006/8/16).

 

Trials of Political, Cultural and Social Activists

 

49- Davoud Azimzadeh, Majid Pojouh-fam, Yashar Hakkakpour, Hamed Yeganeh and Alireza Hagh-ghi, who were arrested in the course of the popular protests of the month of Khordad (May 22 through June 21) of Maragheh, were tried in the first Branch of the Maragheh Revolution Court, due to a complaint filed by the District Attorney, for the following charges: propagation against the regime, participation in organizing an illegal group or band for the purpose of disrupting the security of the country, and instigating people, for the purpose of disrupting the security of the country. These suspects were freed from jail after a period of arrest, each with a 300 million Rials bail order. (ISNA 2006/8/6)

 

Political, Cultural and Social Activists- Sentences issued by Courts

 

50- Akbar Khoub, an activist in the National Movement of Azarbaijan, who had been arrested in the course of the popular protests in Ardabil, by the Security Forces, was sentenced to 50 lashes and 2,000,000 Rials cash penalty by the Ardabil Revolution Court. Jalal Taghavi, another activist in the National Movement of Azarbaijan, was released from jail with a 50,000,000 Rials bail order. (Committee for Defense of the Political Prisoners of Azerbaijan –ASMAK 2006/7/24)

 

51 – Abbas Pour-az’hari, a national/religious activist, who had been arrested in the course of the popular protests in Tabriz, and had been released from prison after 25 days with a 100million Rials bail order, was tried in the Branch No.110 of the Criminal Court of Tabriz, due to a complaint filed by the District Attorney, for the charge of disruption of order through participation in the protests of May 22, 2006. (ILNA 2006/8/6).

 

52- Ma’soumeh Ka’bi and Sekineh Naisi were tried in the Special Prosecution Office of Ahwaz for the charge of action against the national security. These individuals were arrested for a month and then released from jail with a 1,000,000,000 Rials bail order. (ILNA 2006/8/4)

 

53- Borhan Divargar, one of the persons arrested because of the gathering on the world labor day, in Sagh-ghez, was tried in the first Branch of the Sagh-ghez Revolution Court, in absence, for the following charges: gathering and conspiring for committing crime. (ILNA 2006/8/19)

 

Capture of Political, Cultural and Social Activists

 

54 – Fallah Velayati, Farshid Salavati, and Loghman Salavati were arrested by the Security Forces after being beaten and harassed in the Salavat-abad village, a suburb of Sanandaj, and transferred to an unknown location. (Kurdistan Human Rights organization - RMMK 2006/8/4)

 

55 – Tens of student activists, who were on their way to Amol for participation in the ceremonies in honor of Akbar Mohammadi, were arrested and returned to Tehran. Ma’soumeh Loghmani, Behareh Hedayat, Samira Sadri, Mohammad Hashemi, Ali Nikou Nesbati, Hanif Yazdani, Houman Kazemian, Ali Azizi, Ali Malihi, Habib Haj Haidari, Ali Jamali and Iman Baratian were among those arrested.( Student committee of human right reporters 2006/8/4).

 

56 – Omid Abbas-gholi-nejad, the Public Relations Head of the “Jebheh-ye-Democratic of Iran” (The Democratic Front of Iran), on his way to Amol for participation in the ceremonies in honor of Akbar Mohammadi (died in an equivocal condition in prison), was arrested by the Security Forces, and transferred to cell No.209 of the Evin prison. Previously, he had been jailed for 3 years in the Evin and Ghezel Hesar prisons. (Student committee of human right reporters 2006/8/10).

 

57 – Under pressure from the Security Forces, the ceremonies planned to take place in the Al Nabi Mosque of Tehran, in honor of Akbar Mohammadi (died in an equivocal condition in prison), were cancelled. Presence of security agents around the mosque was felt and 25 of the people who were going to participate in the ceremonies were arrested by the Security (Section) of the Information (Dept.) of NAJA (The Disciplinary Force of the Islamic Republic). Also, Akbar Mohammadi’s father and mother were interrogated by the Amol Information Dept. The Ministry of Information, in contacts with student activists, and organizers of the ceremonies, had threatened them by tough consequences and harsh treatment of the participants if the ceremonies were held. (Student committee of human right reporters 2006/8/10)

 

58- Farzad Kamangar, a High School Teacher in the County of Kamyaran, and a Member of the RMMK, was summoned by the Kamyaran Information Dept. He has disappeared since. (Kurdistan Human Rights organization - RMMK  2006/8/20)

 

Political, Cultural and Social Activists – Sentences issued by Court

 

59– Javad Tariri, the Defense Lawyer for a number of suspects in the bombs explosion in Ahwaz, Khouzistan, is quoted saying “19 people were tried in the Branch No. 3 of the Islamic Revolution Court of Ahwaz. The sentences issued are as follows: 10 of the suspects were sentenced to execution in public for the charges of fighting against God and action against national security by organizing the inscription of Mohioddin Al Nasser, 3 suspects were sentenced to 10, 15 and 20 years punitive prison in exile, 3 other individuals were sentenced to 5 years punitive prison for the charge of membership in an illegal group for the purpose of disrupting the security of the country, one person was sentenced to 5 years punitive prison for the charge of carrying explosives and one suspect was sentenced to one year punitive prison for the charge of propagation against the regime.(ILNA 2006/7/25).

 

60– Taghi Rahmani, Reza Alijani, and Hoda Saber, political activists (national/religious) were each sentenced to 8 months punitive prison by the Branch No. 26 of the Tehran Islamic Revolution Court, confirmed by the Branch No.36 of the Appeals Court, for assisting in the establishment of “Sepehr-e-Andisheh-ye-Novin” Association.(ISNA 2006/7/28).

 

61– Payman Nowdinian, the Secretary of the Kurdistan Teachers Trade Association, and an activist in the Centre for Defense of Children’s Rights, was sentenced to 5 years living in exile in Kohkilouyeh and Bovir Ahmad Province, by the Sanandaj Court for trade activity for the purpose of changing the status of the cultural employees of the Ministry of Education and Development and the instructional regime. (The Centre for Defense of Children’s Rights 2006/7/28)

 

62– Four Gonabadi dervishes were sentenced by the Criminal Court of Ghom to pay 3,000,000 Rials, as cash punishment, for disrupting order.(ILNA 2996/7/29)

 

63– Moslem Bavi, was sentenced to 10 years punitive prison, by the Branch No.103 of the Ahwaz Criminal Court, for the following charges: membership in an illegal association, action against the regime for the purpose of disrupting the security of the country, participation in propagation activity against the regime and in transportation, keeping and hiding of explosives. This suspect was 17 years old when he was captured. (ILNA  2996/8/1)

 

64– Khaled Ghassemi was sentenced to 5 years punitive prison and 2 years of exile to the County of Ghorveh by the first Branch of the Sagh-ghez Islamic Revolution Court. (Kurdistan Human Rights organization - RMMK 2006/8/2).

 

65 – Reza Safari, and Omid Karimzadeh, who were arrested in the course of the popular protests in Oroumieh in the month of Khordad (May 22 through June 21 of 2006) were sentenced respectively to 2 and 3 years suspended prison by the Oroumieh Court for the following charges: distribution of a  declaration, and causing insecurity and disorder. (Committee for Defense of the Political  Prisoners of Azerbaijan –ASMAK 2006/8/4)

 

66- Shahou Rahmani, , who was arrested in the course of the popular protests in Sanandaj in the summer of 2005, was sentenced to one year punitive prison by the Branch No. 101 of the Sanadaj Criminal Court for the charge of destruction of public property. (Moukerian Web log: 85/5/13 = 2006/8/4).

 

67– Abbas Amir Entezam, Member of the Central Council of the “National Front of Iran”, who was on a medical treatment leave of absence, was sentenced to pay 3,000,000 Rials as cash penalty in lieu of jail for the charge of action against national security through propagation against the regime due to a complaint filed by the District Attorney. (ILNA 2006/8/8).

 

68– Sayyed Khalil Hosseini, Vahed Hormozabadi, Hassan Ghorbani, and Hossein Ghorbani, who were among those arrested in the month of Ordibehesht (April 21 through may 21, 2006) in the Sardasht County were, each, sentenced to pay 5,000,000 Rials as cash punishment after 3 months jail. (Kurdistan Human Rights organization - RMMK 2006/8/9).

 

69– Kaveh Azad Lotfpouri, the Secretary of the “Shahou” Institute in Sanandaj, was sentenced to 2 years suspended prison by the Judiciary for the charge of action against national security.(Advar News 2006/8/13)

 

70– Kaveh Javanmard was sentenced to 5 years punitive prison, by the second Branch of the Sanandaj Revolution Court, for the charge of action against national security. Also, he was sentenced to 8 months punitive prison by the Branch No. 103 of the Sanandaj Criminal Court for the charge of destruction of public property. He was under arrest, for some time, in the course of the popular protests of Sanandaj in the summer of 84 (2005). (Moukerian Web log 2006/8/14).

 

71 – Abdullah Mo’meni, the Spokesman of “central council of the Iranian Alumni Organization”, was sentenced to 5 years suspended prison, by the Branch No, 36 of the Appeals Court of the Tehran Province, because of protesting the sentencing of Dr. Hashem Aghajary in the year 81 (2002/3), for the following charges: action against the national security and holding illegal gatherings. (ILNA 2006/8/15)

 

72 – Jalil Aghajani, was sentenced to prison for life by the Branch No.26 of the Tehran Revolution Court, confirmed by the Branch No.32 of the Supreme Court of Iran for the charge of action against national security through spying. (ISNA 2006/8/20).

 

News about Political Prisoners

 

73 – Seyyed Mehdi Seyyedzadeh, a member of The Pre-revolution Moslem Political Prisoners Centre, who had been arrested 27 days ago, for the charge of propagation against the regime, was released from the Tabriz prison with a 20-million-Touman bail order. (ILNA 2006/7/24).

 

74 – Khalil Bahramian, the defense lawyer of Akbar Mohammadi, one of the imprisoned students, who had been arrested in the course of the incidents at the Tehran University Place in the month of Tir, 78 (June 22 through July 22, 1999) and had been sentenced to 15 years prison, declared: “The authorities of the Evin prison advised “Since Akbar Mohammadi is on a foods strike, visiting him is prohibited. (ILNA 2006/7/25)

 

75- Ahmad Batebi, one of the students arrested in the course of the incidents at the Tehran University Place in the month of Tir,78 (June 22 through July 22, 1999), who was on a leave of absence, was arrested again by the Security Forces and transferred to Cell No. 209 of the Evin Prison. (Advar News 2006/7/30)

 

76– Isma’il Adib Hessami, Mousa Aslani, Ali Rasoul-nejad and Khaled Choubineh, supporters of Ahmad Moftizadeh, were released from the Boukan prison after 28 days of arrest. (Moukerian Web log 2006/8/1)

 

77– The old father and mother of Reza Abbassi, a member of “ The High School Graduates of the Islamic Iran”, and  one of the Founding Member of “Committee for Defense of the Political  Prisoners of Azerbaijan –ASMAK”, who was arrested 50 days ago , were summoned by the Zanjan Information Dept. for interrogation. They had been repeatedly questioned by phone by the agents of the Zanjan Information Dept. Also, on instruction of Judge Naghilou, the Zanjan Revolution Courthouse rejects the issue of a bail order for Reza Abbassi. (Advar News 2006/8/6)

 

78– Dr. Hessam Firouzi, Ahmad Batebi’s out-of-prison physician, declared: “With due attention to the various illnesses of Ahmad Batebi and his 9th. day of food strike, I warn the prison physicians that if his food strike continues and he is not transferred out of the prison to continue his medical treatment, he will have the same fate as the good old Akbar Mohammadi. The life of a human being is in danger. Attend to the situation of Ahmad Batebi before another inhuman incident takes place.” (Advar News 2006/8/7)

 

79 – Hojjat Bakhtiari, a political prisoner, in jail  in the Evin prison, since the year 81(2003/4) for the charges of propagation against the regime and action against national security, who is charged with causing disturbance in the prison, heard explanations of his charge in the Branch No.1178 of the Ghods Judiciary Complex. (The Student Committee of the Human Rights Reporters 2006/8/9)

 

80– Mansour Osanlou, Chairman of the board of the Tehran public transport trade union, was released from the Evin prison with a 1,500 million Rials bail order, after 7 months of jail.(ILNA 2006/8/9)

 

81– Mashallah Abbassi, the Senior Expert of Public Relations and International Affairs of the Ministry of the Interior, who was arrested for a political and security charge, was transferred to cell No.350 of the Evin prison after suffering 4 months of solitary imprisonment in cell 209. (Student committee of human right reporters 2006/8/12)

 

82– Sohrab Jalali has been in the prison over 5 months, without knowing his fate and waiting for the court order. He was charged with membership of an opposition party. (Moukerian Web log 2006/8/13)

 

83– Mohammad Majdzadeh Gha’em-maghami, a student of the Tehran University, who had been arrested 36 days ago, by the Security Forces, on charges of causing disorder and action against national security, was freed on a bail order after being transferred to the hospital from the Evin prison. (ILNA 2006/8/18).

 

84– Khalil Bahramian, the defense lawyer of the imprisoned student” Ahmad Batebi, declared that the authorities of the Evin prison did not allow him to visit his client. (ILNA 2006/8/19)

 

Labor News:

 

85– Id Ali Karimi, the Executive Secretary of the Workers House of the Province of Ghazvin, is quoted saying: “330 contract workers of the auto accessories production company called “Marleague Sun Ghazvin” have been fired. (ILNA 2006/7/23).

 

86– Mohammad Ya’ghoubi, the Executive Secretary of the Workers House of the Province of Gilan, is quoted saying: “ 450 workers of the “Iran Electric” Company have not received their wages and benefits for over 36 months. (ILNA 2006/7/23).

 

87– Hossein Kamran, the Isfahan Representative in the Islamic Consultative Assembly (The Majles) is quoted saying:”The workers of the ‘Simin-e-Now’ Factory of Isfahan have not received their wages and benefits for 5 months.” He added: “A person called Herati who had received 90 billion Rials for providing accessories for the factory and had gone to Canada, has decided to return and possess the factory” (ILNA 2006/7/23)

 

87– 60 workers and janitors of the City of Gha’em-shahr have organized a protesting assembly, because they have not received their labor coupons, family allowances, residence allowances, and their basic wages. These workers work from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ILNA 2006/7/23)

 

88- Hassan Tiz-maghz, the Director General the Organization of Labor and Technical and Occupational Training of the Tehran Province is quoted saying:” in the first 3 months of the current year, 25,000 workers have been fired. (ILNA 2006/7/24).

 

89- Following a one-day strike of the workers of the cooperative production and distribution company “Oroum Payam” of Oroumieh for getting their outstanding wages, 40 workers were fired as agents of strike.  (ILNA 2006/7/26).

 

90– Mohammad Ahmadi Goudini, the President of the Kermanshah Province Islamic Councils Centre, is quoted saying: “More than 30 workers of the “Aftab-e-Taban” Industrial Slaughter-house, have not received their wages and benefits for 10 months. This company is covered by the umbrella of the Mellat Bank.  (ILNA 2006/7/28)

 

91– Mohammad Ya’ghoubi, the Executive Secretary of the Workers House of the Province of Gilan is quoted saying: “180 workers of the”Kanafkar-e-Rasht” Company have been awaiting a word from the management as to their future”. He added:” In the current year 7,000 workers have been fired in the Gilan Province. (ILNA 2006/7/28)

 

92– Darvishzadeh, the Fire and Rescue Director of the Tehran Fire and Safety Organization, is quoted saying:”Due to the collapse of the wall in the Bou-Ali Avenue at the time of unprofessional digging, 5 workers were killed.” Also, Dr. Mohammad Reza Bemanian, the Mayor of District 1 of Tehran, said “The reason for the accident was the employers’ failure to go by the safety rules like failure to include the protection factor at the place of production, failure to wear safety hat and belt. (ISNA 2006/7/28)

 

93– Hassan Barsam, the President of the Trade Association of Mahmoudabad Kilns of Tehran, is quoted saying:”With 10 busy kilns going out of business, the number of workers employed in the kilns has dropped from 7,000 to 1,500 in the current year.” (ILNA 2006/7/29).

 

94– “The Flour, Glucose and Starch” Factory in Yassouj terminated operating and 230 workers, employed by the factory, were fired (ILNA 2006/7/29)

 

95– 40 workers employed in the ”Cheshmeh Saz” Service Company of Yassouj, 13 service workers of the Raja’i Hospital of Yassouj, and 40 service workers, employed in the janitorial section of the City of Yassouj, have not received their pay for 2 to 3 months. (ILNA 2006/7/29)

 

96– Parviz Razmianfar, the Operations Assistant of the Firefighting Organization of the City of Tehran is quoted saying:” 6 workers lost their lives because of the unprofessional handling of collapsed construction, in the depth of 10 meters, due to a wall collapse. (Keyhan 2006/7/30)

 

97- “Alborz Darou” Production Company of Ghazvin, has decided to terminate the services of 210 workers, with service records of 18 to 25 years, and to hire contract workers to fill their positions. This company is under the umbrella of the Khordad 15 Foundation. (ILNA 2006/7/31)

 

98– Isma’il Haghparasti, the Executive Secretary of the Workers House of the Province of Tehran, is quoted saying: “42 workers of the”Iran” Hospital have not received their wages and benefits for 8 months”. He added:” Since the beginning of the year 83 (2004), 100 workers, employed by the hospital, have been fired. (ILNA 2006/7/31)

 

99– Isma’il Haghparasti, the Executive Secretary of the Workers House of the Province of Tehran, is quoted saying: “30 contract workers of the”Loghman” Pharmaceutical Company have been fired. (ILNA 2006/8/1)

 

100– Abdollah Dehghan, the Executive Secretary of the Workers House of the County of Doroud, is quoted saying: “50 busy stone cutting units in the county have gone out of business and 700 workers, employed by these plants, have been fired. (ILNA 2006/8/1)

 

101– Isma’il Haghparasti, the Executive Secretary of the Workers House of the Province of Tehran, is quoted saying: “the ‘Jourab-e-Sepehr’ Production Company has gone out of business and 30 workers, employed by this company, have been fired. (ILNA  2006/8/2)

 

102– Gholamreza Mohammadi, the Executive Secretary of the Workers House of the County of Tabas, is quoted saying: “15 workers of the “Tabas Shimi” Agricultural Poison Production Company have been fired. Also, the sum of 270 million Rials, owed to the workers, has not been paid. (ILNA 2006/8/2)

 

103– Hossein Bagherian, the Executive Secretary of the Workers House of Shahriar, is quoted saying: “80 workers employed by the “Alfa Shahriar” Production Company, have been fired. (ILNA: 85/5/11 = 2006/8/2).

 

104– Daryabeigi, the Executive Secretary of the Workers House of the Province of Mazandaran, is quoted saying: “ The privatization program has been derailed and transfer of the factories to people who have not been employed by the factories even for one hour and do not care for production or work has  caused 20,000 workers to lose their jobs.” Alijanzadeh, the Governor of the Gha’emshahr County, is quoted saying” There are 11,000 jobs applicants in the county”. (ILNA 2006/8/4)

 

105– Asghar Barshan, the Executive Secretary of the Workers House of the Province of Isfahan, is quoted saying: “ 500 workers of the “ Simin-e-Now” Fabrics Company of Isfahan have not received parts of their Nowrouz Bonus and the reward for the year 1384(2005/6) as well as the wages and the benefits for the last 4 months.” He added:”The lands of the factory were sold at the price of 2,000,000 to 10,000,000 Rials per meter to gross investors at the time of transfer and the number of workers of the company has been decreased from 1400 to 500, due to buy-outs and retirements. (ILNA 2006/8/4)

 

106– Avaz Soltani, the Vice-president of the Workers House of Pakdasht, is quoted saying: “50 foundry units in the Pakdasht County have gone out of business and over 1,000 workers have been fired since the beginning of the current year. (ILNA 2006/8/4)

 

107– Isma’il Haghparasti, the Executive Secretary of the Workers House of the Province of Tehran, is quoted saying: “370 workers employed by the Railway Transit Company”JA” (Islamic Republic) have been fired after 20 years of service. (ILNA 2006/8/4)

 

108– Hossein Bagherian, the Executive Secretary of the Workers House of Shahriar, is quoted saying: “80 workers employed by the “M. K. Beton” Company have not received their pays for over 2 months. (ILNA 2006/8/4)

 

109– Avaz Soltani, the Vice-president of the Trade Association of Khatoonabad Kilns of  Pakdasht, is quoted saying: “  8 kilns have gone out of business and 4,000 workers have been fired.(ILNA 2006/8/5)

 

110– Mohammad Jahangiri, the President of the Islamic Councils of Shashriar and Robat Karim, is quoted saying: “100 contract workers of the ‘Bahman’ Production Company were fired. Also, 400 workers of the company were retired per the early retirement plan. (ILNA 2006/8/5)

 

111– Sa’id Torabian, a member of the public transport trade union, is quoted saying: “Although 6 months have been elapsed since the strike, 55 fired workers are yet stranded. These workers had assembled in front of the Tehran East Labor Dept. for the purpose of requesting clarification of their fates. Their offence is participation in the strike. (ILNA 2006/8/5)

 

112– Abbas Salari, the Executive Secretary of the Workers House of Pakdasht, is quoted saying: “ Following the amendment of the wages act, 300 workers, who protested against the illegal action of the employers have been fired so far. Other workers do not dare protest as they are afraid of being terminated. (ILNA 2006/8/6)

 

113– 40 workers of the Obstruction Removal Section of the Region 13 of the City of Tehran have not received their wages for over 2 months. These workers started a strike in front of the city office to request payment of their outstanding wages. (ILNA 2006/8/6)

 

114– Over 70 workers employed by the “Safety Glasses” Production Company, have not received their wages for over 2 months. 60 workers employed by this company, were terminated some time ago, based on the clause 9 of the Industries Renovation (Act). (ILNA 2006/8/6)

 

115– Alimardan Islah-talab, the Superintendent of the Water and Sewage Dept. of the Kohkilouyeh County is quoted saying:”48 workers of the Dept. have not received their wages for 10 months. (ILNA 2006/8/8)

 

116– Morteza Mokhtarifar, the Executive Secretary of the Workers House of the Lorestan Province, is quoted saying: “The approval of the wages act and the amendment there-of within 3 months in the year 85(2006), caused the termination of 4 t0 5 thousand workers of the province. (ILNA 2006/8/11)

 

117– Id-ali Karimi, the Executive Secretary of the Workers House of the Ghazvin Province, is quoted saying: “ The amendment of the wages act in the year 85 (2006) caused the termination of over one thousand workers of the production and industrial units” He added :” In the (Marleague Sun of Ghazvin) production unit, alone, 330 contract workers were terminated, following the amendment and protests against the one-sided execution of it.(ILNA 2006/8/11).

 

118– Mohammad Reza Khatami is quoted saying , in the “Islamic Iran Participation Front” Congress “ Overnight decisions and similar retreats by the Government has caused extensive  raises in prices in the first 3 months of the current year and loss of the jobs of 200,000 individuals. (ILNA 2006/8/11)

 

119– Gholamreza Mohammadi, the Executive Secretary of the Workers House of the County of Tabas, is quoted saying: “Over 300 workers have been fired, following the amendment of the wages act in the current year. (ILNA 2006/8/12)

 

120– 18 workers of the Cleaning Unit of the Kerman Industrial Slaughter-house have not received their wages for over 5 months. The drinking water of the workers comes from the open air pool of the area. The contamination of the water has poisoned some workers. Workers hands have been infected with skin fungus. 2 workers have caught Maltese Fever because of the unhealthy working environment and having no gloves to wear and have been sent home without any compensation. (ILNA 2006/8/12)

 

121– Over 80 service workers of the City of Tehran’s Region 12, Section 1 have not received their wages and benefits for over 2 months. These workers have not received their family allowances, residence benefits and labour coupons. (ILNA 2006/8/14)

 

122– Avaz Soltani, the Vice-president of the Workers House of Pakdasht, is quoted saying: “60 foundry units have gone out of business and over 1,500 workers have been fired. (ILNA 2006/8/14)

 

123– Over 100 workers of the Mazandaran Textile Company have not received their wages for over 3 months. In this production enterprise, 7,000 workers were employed in the previous years, but now only 400 are working. (ILNA 2006/8/15)

 

124– Isma’il Haghparasti,, the Executive Secretary of the Workers House of the Province of Tehran, is quoted saying: “70 workers employed by the Company ”Faravar-e-Pars”, in the East of Tehran have been terminated (ILNA 2006/8/19)

 

125- 25,000 Railway workers lose their legal rights because of the activities of hundreds of contractors. Workers in the railway are supposed to be on their jobs on holidays and Fridays. Also, facilities such as their share of safety shoes have been reduced; their share of milk and biscuits has been eliminated. The insurance premium of the workers has been reduced from 23% to 20% by the Railway. Workers do not dare protest for fear of losing their jobs. (ILNA 2006/8/19)

 

126– Mohammad, Ya’ghoubi, the Executive Secretary of the Workers House of the Province of Gilan, is quoted saying: “540 workers of the ”Gilan China Production” Company have been awaiting a word from the management as to their future, for 4 years, now”. He continued:” This Company was the leading exporter of Iranian china but was subjected to the privatization policy and crisis.” He added “620 workers of the “Sangroud” mine have not received their wages, for 18 months. (ILNA 2006/8/22)

 

Individuals Sentenced to Death

 

127- 24-year-old Mostafa was sentenced to death by the Branch number 71 of the Criminal Court of the Tehran Province, presided by Judge Noorollah Aziz-Mohammady, for the murder of 22-year-old Mohsen. (ISNA 2006/7/23)

 

128-     Hamid was sentenced to death by Criminal Court Branch number 71 of the Tehran Province, presided by Judge Noorollah Aziz-Mohammady, and with the endorsement of the Branch number 33 of the Supreme Court of Iran, for the murder of Davood. (ISNA 2006/7/28)

 

129- Mohammad-Ali Savari, Yahya Nasseri, Nazem Berihi, Abdul-Imam Zaeri, and Abdol-Zahra Hayachi, were sentenced to public execution by the Revolution Court Branch number 3 of Ahwaz and with the endorsement of the Supreme Court of Iran, for planting bombs. (Keyhan 2006/7/30)

 

130- Hamzeh Savari, one the suspects in the bombings of Ahwaz, was sentenced to death by the Islamic Revolution Court of Ahwaz and with the endorsement of the Supreme Court of Iran, for fighting against God and action against internal national security. (ILNA 2006/7/31)

 

131- Ali was sentenced to death by Criminal Court Branch number 71 of the Tehran Province, presided by Judge Noorollah Aziz-Mohammady, and with the endorsement of the Branch number 42 of the Supreme Court of Iran, for the murder of 25-year-old Maryam and blinding Rasool. (ISNA 2006/7/31)

 

132- Ramin was sentenced to death by Criminal Court Branch number 71 of the Tehran Province, presided by Judge Noorollah Aziz-Mohammady, and with the endorsement of the Branch number 37 of the Supreme Court of Iran, for the murder of Sofia. (ISNA 2006/8/1)

 

133- Mohammad was sentenced to be blinded and put to death by Criminal Court Branch number 71 of the Tehran Province, presided by Judge Noorollah Aziz-Mohammady, for the murder of his cousin’s son. (ISNA 2006/8/1)

 

134- 21-year-old Mohsen was sentenced to death by Criminal Court Branch number 71 of the Tehran Province presided by Judge Noorollah Aziz-Mohammady, for the murder of his grandfather, Eisa-Gholi. (ISNA 2006/8/6)

 

135- A man was sentenced to death by Criminal Court Branch number 71 of the Tehran Province, presided by Judge Noorollah Aziz-Mohammady, for the murder of his brother-in-law (his wife’s sister’s husband). (ISNA 2006/8/6)

 

136- Reza was sentenced to death for the second time by the Criminal Court Branch number 71 of the Tehran Province, presided by Judge Noorollah Aziz-Mohammady, for the murder of Abdul-Reza. (ISNA 2006/8/10)

 

137- 23-year-old Kiyarash was sentenced to death by Criminal Court Branch number 71 of the Tehran Province, presided by Judge Noorollah Aziz-Mohammady, for the murder of Mahmood. (ISNA 2006/8/14)

 

Killing of the Citizens by Security and Disciplinary Forces:

 

142 -25-year-old Mokhtar Hassan-Pour, son of Ghader Haj-Yousef, native of “Hormozabad” Village, a suburb of the town of Sardasht, was burned to death in his car, by a fire started as a result of shots fired by Disciplinary Forces at his car. (Kurdistan Human Rights organization - RMMK 2006/7/30)

 

143- As a result of shots fired at a vehicle driving on the route between the cities of Piranshahr and Sardasht by Disciplinary Forces, the driver of the vehicle, Ali Mahmoody, was killed. (Kurdistan Human Rights organization - RMMK 2006/8/10)

 

144- Ibrahim Abdullahi, a native of the village of “Khalife Tarkhan”, a suburb of the town of “Ghorveh”, was on route from Hamadan to Ghorveh, when he was killed as a result of shots by the Disciplinary Forces. (Kurdistan Human Rights organization - RMMK 2006/8/15)

 

145- 25-year-old Hedayat Deymasi was killed, as a result of shots fired by the Disciplinary Forces at the border beltway of “Piranshahr”. (Kurdistan Human Rights organization - RMMK 2006/8/22)

 

Sentenced to Stoning:

 

146- Ashraf Kalhori has been in the Evin Prison for 5 years for aiding in the murder of her husband and carrying out an extramarital affair. She has been sentenced to stoning by the order of the Judicial Force.  According to Mrs. Shadi Sadr who is the defending lawyer for Ashraf Kalhori, the stoning of her client is scheduled to be carried out in the next two weeks. In addition, Mrs. Shadi has stated that stoning of two others have been carried out in Mash-had. (Etemad and Radio Deutsche Welle 2006/7/23)

 

Suspicious Deaths:

 

147- Akbar Mohammadi, one of the university students arrested in Tir, 1378 (June 22 through July 22, 1999) in the university dorm incidents of the Tehran University, who was at first sentenced to death and later his sentence was commuted to a 15-year punitive jail term, died as a result of a hunger strike. (ILNA 2006/7/31)

 

148- Akbar Mohammadi, through an open letter written prior the start of his food strike stated that “I have been imprisoned for a period of seven years and have endured various physical and psychological pressures. I am suffering from several ailments including disk damage related to the tortures I was subjected to, the likes of which were used during the Middle Ages, in the early days of my interrogations.” In another part of the letter he states, ”During the past one month since I have returned to my cell, my repeated visits to the Jail infirmary to treat these ailments have been fruitless and I have repeatedly been confronted with negative responses, harsh language and insult directed at me. The authorities have prepared a death without dignity for me.” In the conclusion of the letter, he states “I have decided to fast indefinitely, starting on the first of Mordad (July 23) to obtain freedom so that I could be treated for my injuries and ailments, and to protest the systematic violations of human rights by the government of the Islamic Republic, and to obtain freedom for all political prisoners. It is clear that whatever happens to me from now on is the responsibility of the heads of the ruling elite and they will have to answer for it.” (RADIO FARDA 2006/ 8/6)

 

Execution Sentences Carried Out By The Courts:

 

149- 36-year-old Mehdi “Kh” was hanged in public in the County of Babol, for the murder of 7-year-old Mahboobeh Hosseini, by the order of the Judicial Branch. (Fars 2006/8/7)

 

150- Najib-Ali Karzehi was hanged in public at the scene of the incident  “Darzin” by the order of the Judges from the Security Crimes Judicial Complex for participating in the massacre of 23rd of Ordibehesht, 1385 (May 13, 2006), along the Kerman - Bam route. (Hamshahry 2006/8/9)

 

151- Abdul-Malek F., Shir-Del SH., and Hamid-Reza S. (sad), were hanged in the Zahedan Prison yard in view of the general public of the County of “Zabol” by the order of the Revolution Courts of Zabol & Zahedan, confirmed by the Supreme Court of Iran, for the following charges:  hooliganism, disturbing public safety, and drug smuggling. (ISNA 2006/8/15)

 

The Community News

 

152- According to Is’hagh Salahi-Kojour, the Deputy Minister of Welfare- for Subsidies Targeting & Welfare “7,456,000 people live below the absolute poverty level.” (ISNA 2006/7/26)

 

153 - 37-year-old Rahmat I., son of Ali-Asghar, was sentenced to one year in jail, 74 punitive lashes and 4 years of exile to the County of Neyriz in the province of Yazd, for producing and distributing liquor, by the 101st Branch of the Criminal Court of Gorgan and with the endorsement of the 3rd Appeals Court of the Province of Gorgan.  The lashings were carried out in public at the Vahdat Square of the city of Gorgan in the presence of the representatives of the Justice Dept., the District Attorney, the Judge and various county and province officials. (IRNA 2006/7/26)

 

154- According to Seyed Mahmood Hashemi Shahroody, the Chief of the Judicial Branch, eleven million files have entered the justice system. Eliminating the files that are in the system for reconsideration or appeal, eight million files remain. If we divide the seventy million people by the eight million files, one in nine Iranians has a file at the Judicial Branch. (ILNA 2006/8/13)

 

 155- The Disciplinary Forces of Teheran attacked the Behjat-Abad Housing Complex, located at the Zartosht Sharghi Avenue, without a warning, to collect and remove all the satellite dishes on the roofs. (ILNA 2006/8/14)

 

 

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