Brave resistance by Rasht youth to protect attacked woman

Clip sent out show typical feeling of solidarity hightening amongst people as the result of continuous resistance .
According to the complimentary reports, 8:00pm on June 24, 2010, a morality police officer began to question a young woman on Motahari Street and attempted to get her in his vehicle. The young woman resisted and her mother stepped in front of the officer and told him, “Over my dead body.”
When another officer stepped out of the vehicle and hit the mother with a baton, the gathered crowd began to boo the officers loudly and inched closer to the vehicle. It is reported that the windows of the vehicle were shattered. Shortly after, the two officers left the scene. A few minutes later, Special Guard forces entered the scene with batons and shot tear gas into the crowd.

حدود ساعت ۸ دیروز ۳تیر توی مطهری رشت یک ماشین گشت ارشاد به یه دختر خانم گیر داد و میخواست سوار ماشینش کنه که با مقاومت خود دختر خانم و مادرش رو برو شدن. مادر دختر رفت جلوی گشت ارشاد و گفت باید از جنازه من رد بشید تا دختر منو ببرید. یه مامور که سوار الگانس پلیس بود از ماشین پایین اومد و با باتوم به مادر اون دختر ضرباتی رو زد که این امر با واکنش غیر قابل تصور مردم روبرو شد. اول مردم با “هو” کردن اعتراض خودشون رو نشون دادند 30ثانیه نگذشته بود که مردم به سمت ماشین الگانس و گشت ارشاد حمله ور شدند و مامورها فرار کردند مردم با خُرد کردن شیشه الگانس و حمله با اونا باعث ترس مامور ها شدند به صورتی که دیگه جرات نکردند در محل بمونند. تا به حال توی مطهری چنین جمعیتی ندیده بودم(از 4راه میکاییل تا صیقلان پر از مردم معترض بود). این وضعیت تا چندین دقیقه ادامه داشت تا اینکه گارد ویژه با گاز اشک آور و باتوم وارد عمل شد و ظاهرا فردی که باعث شکسته شدن شدن بنز پلیس شد دستگیر شد.


Human rights activist Shiva Nazar Ahari has not celebrated two consecutive Father’s Days at home. Last year when Shiva was behind bars in ward 209 of Evin prison, she used the pen and paper her interrogator left behind in her cell to write a letter to her father. When she was temporarily released for a few months, she delivered the letter.
The Committee of Human Rights Reporters published the letter on Father’s Day of this year while Shiva remains detained in prison. On June 20, 2010, Shiva Nazar Ahari was transferred from ward 209 to the public ward in Evin prison.


Dad, Stay Strong


I was not there on Mother’s Day to kiss my mom’s hands and now I am not there for you on Father’s Day. Dear dad, there is only one day designated to you out of the 365 days. Let your tears roll down through the crevices of my loneliness. Let your tears drown me amidst all the crimes that I have not committed.
Dad, go ahead and cry. It is your right to pour out pain. It has been months since I slept in the room next to yours. You have no news of your daughter. This is your day and, once again, I am not there. Dad, despite all the resistance I am putting forth, my hands are still missing your hands. Dad, my shoulders still crave your shoulders. Even though I have grown up, even though I do my homework in a prison called Evin, and even though I have gained a lot of strength, I still feel like I am missing a part of me when you are not there.
Dear dad, whenever I cross a street, my hands crave for your hands to save me from oncoming traffic. Every morning, I cry with my hands pressed against the walls and I lean on my will power.
You taught me not to break down. Your words and your bedtime stories gave meaning to resistance. You said that injustice will pass and the legend of good people will remain.
I didn’t want to be here. You taught me to be here. I regurgitate your words every day. I don’t want to allow all this loneliness and silence to break me down.
Dad, go ahead and cry, but not for me. Cry for a motherland that sends its best children to prison. But stay strong, dad. My shoulders need the strength of your shoulders. Don’t you let your back bend under pressure or I won’t have anything to lean against. Stay strong, dad.

Translation: Tour Irani Persian2English.comDad, Stay Strong


نامه شیوا نظرآهاری خطاب به پدرش: تو یادم دادی که نشکنم پدر
آزادی روزنامه نگاران زندانی- شیوا نظر آهاری سال پیش در روز پدر در بند 209 اوین زندانی بود و توانست با مداد و کاغذی که بازجو در اختیارش گذاشته بود نامه ای خطاب به پدرش بنویسد .وقتی چند ماه بعد به طور موقت از زندان آزاد شد ،این نامه را که از زندان با خودش بیرون آورده بود ، به پدرش داد .”تا آزادی روزنامه نگاران زندانی” به مناسبت فرارسیدن روز پدر نامه شیوا نظر آهاری به پدرش را در حالی منتشر می کند که وی همچنان در زندان است:
روز مادر که نبودم تا دستان مادرم را بوسه زنم و اینک در روز تو هم نیستم پدر.
یک روز در تمام طول سال برای تو پدر!.گریه کن! اشکهایت تمام غمهای این روزگار را با خود خواهد برد!گریه کن بیقرارم باش….بگذار گریه هایت در حجم تنهایی های من فرو بریزد و غوطه ور کند در میان تمام جرم های ناکرده ام.
گریه کن پدر!دردها را بیرون بریز حق داری.آخر چند ماه است که می دانی من نخوابیده ام در اتاق کناری.
چند ماه است که بی خبری از سرنوشت دردانه دخترت حالا نوبت توست و من نیستم دوباره…اما بگذار بگویم پدر در میان تمام این مقاومت ها هنوز دستهایم دستهای تو را کم دارد.هنوز شانه هایم شانه هایت را می خواهد پدر.هرچند که بزرگ شده باشم هرچند حالا در زندانی به نام اوین مشق مقاومت کنم.هرچند محکم شده باشم اما هنوز هم وقتی نیستی شانه هایم انگار چیزی کم دارد.
پدر هنوز وقتی از خیابان رد می شوم دستهایم دستهای تو را طلب می کند تا نکند که ناگهان ماشینی برزمینم زند.
تو نیستی پدر تا تکیه کنم برتو! تو نیستی تا دستم را بگیری و من دستم را هر روز صبح به دیوار می گریم و به اراده ام تکیه می زنم .
تو یادم دادی که نشکنم،تو ایستادگی را در حرف ها و قصه هایت برایم معنا کردی. تو گفتی پدر که ظلم رفتنی است و آنچه می ماند حدیث آدم های خوب است.
من نخواستم که اینجا باشم ، تو یادم دادی پدر و حالا من هر روز کلامت را مرور می کنم تا نکند اینهمه تنهایی و سکوت از پا درم بیاورد.
گریه کن پدر نه برای من برای سرزمینی که بهترین فرزندانش را روانه زندان می کند اما استوار بمان پدر شانه های من ستبری شانه هایت را می خواهد مبادا کمرت خم شود که آنوقت چیزی ندارم تا بر آن تکیه کنم.استوار بمان پدر.

How A Regime Change In Iran Would Transform The World

Forbes - Imagine how regime change in Iran would utterly transform the world. So many knotty, insuperable obstacles all overcome in one stroke. Let us consider the benefits. They are so glaring that you can be sure President Obama and his advisors have chewed on them at some length.

As Reza Kahlili pointed out in this publication recently, a tremendous amount of U.S., European and Israeli naval hardware is heading to the Persian Gulf at this time. Are we on the brink of war? The time couldn't be more propitious. The Middle East's Sunni states are terrified of Tehran's lengthening shadow. They're begging for an intervention. They will likely even help finance it, as they did the first Gulf War. The Obama administration could use a distraction from oil spill woes and Afghan stalemates. Think of it this way: For each plus regime change would bring, there's an implied minus if the regime endures. The president may have no option.

So how would the world change if Iran were transformed?

--Supply lines to Afghanistan. No more strategic heart attacks whenever Kyrgyzstan convulses or Uzbekistan closes a U.S. base. Iran abuts the stable, Taliban-free western Afghan provinces. With a compliant Tehran, the U.S. can supply the Afghan war straight up from the Persian Gulf through Iran.

--No more toadying to Moscow. Russia holds an effective veto over U.S. supply bases in Moscow's former Soviet colonies bordering Afghanistan. Russia also holds a gun to our heads whenever we need help over curbing Iranian nukes. With a transformed Iran, the U.S. can say no to Moscow's leverage. As a result, from Poland to Georgia a whole swath of the world will finally get U.S. support to complete the process of liberation from Russia.

--Nuclear presence. The Iranian nuke threat will disappear, as will the prospect of the entire Middle East shopping for nuclear deterrents against Iran's threat.

--A freer Iraq. The grisly spectacle of Iraqi Shiite and Kurdish politicians shuttling to Tehran for patronage will abate. Tehran will cease to meddle in Iraqi affairs. The number of car bombs in Baghdad will decline--not least because the regional Sunni fear of Iran will cease to be played out in Iraq.

--A freer Lebanon. No more Hezbollah state within a state. At present Iran buys a distant border with Israel through its Hezbollah clients in southern Lebanon. A twitch from Tehran and Hezbollah fights a war with Israel, thereby destabilizing Lebanon and incessantly roiling the Arab street in the Middle East.

--A securer Israel and freer Gaza. The Iranian regime's support for Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon perpetuates strife in Palestine and gives Israeli hawks a legitimate excuse to postpone peace.

--Cheaper oil. With sanctions gone, Iranian infrastructure can be updated and oil pumped out to the world in vastly increased volume. Absent the constant Iranian threat of blocking the Straits of Hormuz, oil prices will settle for the foreseeable future.

--A freer Central Asia. The enormous reserves of oil and gas on the other side of the Caspian Sea will finally reach the world through a peaceable Iran. Central Asia's access to the West is geographically walled off by Iran and Russia; they have exploited their strategic position in tandem to keep the 'stans impoverished and dependent. Azerbaijan had to build the expensively circuitous Baku-Ceyhan pipeline to circumvent the blockade. Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan still pay to use Russian pipelines to sell their oil and gas. All that will change

--Imperial power. Russia's imperial power will diminish further as oil prices decline and its former Central Asian republics trade with the world directly. Moscow's meddling in the Middle East--selling weapons and building nuclear power stations in Syria--will shrink back to pre-Iraq war size.

--Iran finally free. The Iranian people may need to wade through mountains of rubble to rebuild and count the cost in blood and wealth for some time, as the Iraqis have. But they will, at long last, get a clear path to freedom. Is it better to be freed by the horrors of war than to suffer endless, hopeless repression and torture?

We are lucky in the West that we don't confront such absolute choices in our homeland. We help others confront them at unavoidable points in the world's history. Or so we like to see it. Was the Iraq war unavoidable? We will, no doubt, debate away for decades. But it must be said that a conflict with Iran seems far more inevitable--and necessary--than the one with Iraq. One should remember that such wars are visited on countries by their own leaders who oppress their people, threaten others and hinder global stability. A fair definition of the Tehran regime?

As things stand, President Obama can reorder the world's alignments back in the West's--and America's--favor and give his own tenure a vital boost by confronting Iran directly. Not to do so would seem like cutting off your nose to spite your face. We can add one more, perhaps conclusive, item to the list above, one that never gets mentioned. An Iranian nuclear detonation in the Straits of Hormuz would cause exponentially greater damage there, and chaos to the world's oil tanker lanes, than the conventional capability the regime now wields. The economic fallout would last for years. If you were the president, what would you do?

BBC News

By Syed Shoaib Hasan
BBC News, Karachi

Demonstrations have taken place in Pakistan's port city of Karachi against the hanging of a militant leader by Iran.

Abdolmalek Rigi was head of the Jundullah militant group.

It says that it is fighting for the rights of minority Sunni Muslims in Iran's Sistan-Baluchistan province.

Iranian authorities say the group is involved in dozens of deadly attacks, including one which killed 40 members of the Revolutionary Guard in 2009.

Impoverished province

Iran says the group, which operates out of Pakistan's Balochistan province, has the support of Pakistani, US and British intelligence agencies.

"Abdolmalek Rigi's only fault was that he spoke for the rights of the Baloch," Abdul Wahab Baloch, who led the demonstration, told the BBC.

Mr Baloch is a leader of the Baloch National Front, an alliance fighting for the rights of the impoverished province.

He was speaking as demonstrators holding posters of Mr Rigi stood by, chanting anti-Iranian slogans.

Mr Baloch said that Mr Rigi was a Baloch hero.

"Jundullah is a Baloch nationalist organisation - it has wrongly been labelled a sectarian group," he said.

"It is fighting for the rights of the Baloch in Iran, which is a largely Shia country.

"That is why we have been called a Sunni group."

Mr Baloch said that Iran had used large-scale repression to crush the Baloch.

"At least 700 Baloch have been hanged in Iran during the last two years," he said.

"They include religious leaders, politicians and intellectuals."

He said his party was in touch with Jundullah and they planned to launch a united front in both Pakistan and Iran.

"We are fighting both Iran and Pakistan for our rights and control of our land," he added.

Nationalist groups in Pakistan have been a thorn in the side of the government for several years.

However, this is the first time they had expressed solidarity with secessionist groups in Iran.
By Susan Cornwell

(Reuters) - Congress on Thursday approved tough new unilateral sanctions aimed at squeezing Iran's energy and banking sectors, which could also hurt companies from other countries doing business with Tehran.

The House of Representatives passed the bill 408-8 and sent it to President Barack Obama for signing into law. The Senate had approved it 99-0 earlier in the day.

Congress wants to pressure Tehran into curbing its nuclear program, which Washington suspects is aimed at making a bomb.

U.S. lawmakers from both parties have been pushing for months to tighten U.S. sanctions on Iran. At the Obama administration's request, they held off until the U.N. Security Council and the European Union agreed on new multilateral sanctions. But the lawmakers then declared that still tougher measures were needed.

"The U.N. sanctions, though a good first step, are quite tepid. And they are tepid because there are other members of the Security Council who want to keep doing that business with Iran. ... The United States ... has to pass these unilateral sanctions," Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski said.

The bill penalizes companies supplying Iran with gasoline as well as international banking institutions involved with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, its nuclear program or what Washington calls its support for terrorist activity.

It would effectively deprive foreign banks of access to the U.S. financial system if they do business with key Iranian banks or the Revolutionary Guards.

Such banks would be "shut out of the U.S. financial system," said the bill's House author, Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman. He is a Democrat.

Global suppliers of gasoline to Iran could also face bans on access to the U.S. banking system, property transactions and foreign exchange in the United States. Iran depends on gasoline imports because it has insufficient refining capacity.


"Because of this legislation, we will be posing a choice to companies around the world. Do you want to do business with Iran, or do you want to do business with the United States?" Republican Senator John McCain said during Senate debate.

U.S. companies are already prohibited from doing business with Iran. Foreign companies with big investments in Iran's energy sector also can be sanctioned under current U.S. law. But many U.S. lawmakers say this has not been enforced.

Some companies worldwide, such as Italy's oil and gas company Eni and French energy giant Total have been backing away from business with Tehran amid the U.S. drive to isolate Iran.

But other companies are still in business with Iran or considering it. Russia's Gazprom says it is interested in developing the Azar oil field, and industry sources say China has been selling gasoline to Iran.


The Obama administration failed to get U.S. lawmakers to make blanket exemptions for countries that are cooperating with multilateral efforts to isolate Iran.

The legislation only allows the president to waive the new sanctions on companies from "cooperating" countries on a case-by-case basis, for 12 months.

But even this waiver was too lenient for some House Republicans, who worried Obama will use it.

"The many companies from China and elsewhere, rapidly building Iran's energy facilities today, will be surely exempted from these sanctions," said Representative Ed Royce. He said he would nonetheless vote for the bill.

Russia and China, which have strong economic ties with Tehran and have at times resisted sanctions, supported recent U.N. sanctions. But they fought U.S. efforts to approve tougher measures targeting Iran's energy sector.


The Iranian female blogger Jila Bani Yaghoub received this year’s “Reporters without Borders Award”. The regime in Tehran recently sentenced her to one year in prison and a 30 year professional ban.

According to the verdict of the 26. court of the Tehran Revolutionary Court Bani Yaghoub is guilty of “propaganda against the state leadership”. Bani Yaghoub was informed about her sentence on June 8. She is going to file an appeal against the verdict.

Bani Yaghoub, journalist and human rights acitivist, runs the blog “We are journalists”. The blog takes a critical look at the situation in Iran. On June 22 the human rights organization “Reporters without borders” awarded her for her journalistic activities in [the German city of] Bonn.

Bani Yaghoub was not allowed to leave the country to attend the award ceremony on June 22. Her speech (see below) was read out during the ceremony. She states that “more than 40 other journalists and bloggers are imprisoned in Iran” apart from herself. Some have been sentenced to six or even nine years imprisonment, others are facing similar sentences.

In 2009, Reporters without Borders (ROG) has counted 60 countries in which the internet is being censored – twice as many as the year before. The “Open Net Initiative” (ONI), supported by the renowned universities of Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge and Toronto, has counted about 40 countries. For comparison: In 2002 only two countries implemented restrictions of internet freedom, according to ONI.

About 120 bloggers are currently imprisoned world wide, among them 72 internet dissidents in China, says the report “Enemies of the Internet” that was published on Thursday.

“Dear Journalists and Bloggers from all over the world”

first of all, I would like to tell you that I am writing this note to you after I was recently sentenced to one year in prison – and banned from practicing journalism for 30 years – by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Revolutionary Court. One of the reasons they named for handing me this harsh sentence was the articles I wrote on my weblog, the weblog that Reporters Without Borders chose as the best blog from among Deutsche Welle’s International Blog Awards, The BOBs. On this blog I wrote about people’s protests against the disputed presidential election in Iran last year.

Currently, more than 40 journalists and webloggers are imprisoned in Iran. Some of them have been sentenced to six or even nine years in prison, and still others are expecting similar court sentences. These prisoners did not commit any crime; they simply pursued the career and duties of a journalist.

One of these imprisoned journalists is my husband, Bahman Ahmadi Amouee. He was arrested during the post-election crisis. My husband was sentenced to 34 lashes, along with seven years and four months in prison. His greatest crime was publishing critical articles about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government on his personal weblog and in Iranian dailies. For one year now, he has been held in prison – alongside many other journalists – for no legitimate reason.

I would like to thank Reporters Without Borders for awarding me this prize, and I would like to dedicate my prize to my imprisoned husband, Bahman, and to all imprisoned Iranian bloggers, especially Shiva Nazar Ahari. Thank you so much.”

Bani Yaghoubs Persian blog provides latest information on the situation in Iran, focusing on social and women-related issues, writes media service “Meedia”. “Zhila is a pioneer for freedom of opinion in her country”, said Lucie Morillon, head of the ROG department “New Media” during the proclamation of the winners of the “Best of the Blogs” competition.

According to ROG, more than one year after the contested victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the presidential elections of 2009, the extent of repression and prosecution of critical voices in Iran is dramatic: More than 170 Iranian journalists and bloggers were arrested in the past 12 months. 38 of them are still in prison. More than 100 media professionals left the Islamic Republic since the presidential elections

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Friday warned torturers that they could not escape justice even if they might benefit from short term impunity.
"Torturers, and their superiors, need to hear the following message loud and clear: however powerful you are today, there is a strong chance that sooner or later you will be held to account for your inhumanity," Pillay said.
"Torture is an extremely serious crime, and in certain circumstances can amount to a war crime, a crime against humanity or genocide," she added in a statement to mark Saturday's International Day for the Victims of Torture.
The High Commissioner for Human Rights urged governments, the United Nations and campaign groups "to ensure that this message is backed by firm action."
"No one suspected of committing torture can benefit from an amnesty. That is a basic principle of international justice and a vital one," Pillay added.
"I am concerned, however, that some states rigidly maintain amnesties that save torturers from being brought to justice, even though the regimes that employed them are long gone.
"As a result there are a number of well-established democracies that generally abide by the rule of law, and are proud to do so, which are in effect protecting torturers and denying justice," said Pillay.
That often, as a result, denied their victims reparations.
The UN human rights chief noted that more people were being prosecuted for torture every year, including recent prosecutions in Chile and Argentina for cases dating back to the 1970s and 1980s.
She also highlighted the looming verdict in Cambodia's war crimes tribunal on former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Guek Eav, commonly known as 'Duch' which is due on July 26.
"There is one aspect of all this that should cause even the most ruthless and self-confident torturers to stop and think: in time, all regimes change, including the most entrenched and despotic.
"So even those who think their immunity from justice is ironclad can -- and I hope increasingly will-- eventually find themselves in court," Pillay added

ناوي پيلاي رئيس حقوق بشر مللمتحد روز جمعه به شكنجهگران هشدار داد؛
نميتوانند از عدالت فرار كنند حتي اگر از مصونيت كوتاه مدت سود ببرند. وي گفت شكنجهگران و مافوقهاي آنها لازم است كه اين پيام را واضح و بلند بشنوند؛ هر قدر شما امروز قدرتمند باشيد اين احتمال قوي هست كه دير يا زود بايد بخاطر رفتار ضد انساني خود حساب پس بدهيد.
ناوي پيلاي طي اطلاعيهيي به مناسبت روز بينالمللي قربانيان شكنجه گفت ”شكنجه يك جنايت بينهايت جدي است و در شرايط مشخص ميتواند يك جنايت جنگي را سبب شود يك جنايت عليه بشريت و نسل كشي”. كميسرعالي حقوق بشر از دولتها، مللمتحد و گروههاي حقوق بشر خواست تا مطمئن شوند اين پيام با اقدامي قاطع حمايت شود. وي گفت هيچكس كه مظنون به ارتكاب به شكنجه است انتظار نميرود از يك عفو سود ببرد. اين يك اصل مبناييِ عدالت بينالمللي و حياتي است. …
رئيس حقوق بشر يادآور شد كه تعداد بيشتري از افراد، هر سال بخاطر شكنجه تحت تعقيب قرار ميگيرند كه شامل محاكمات اخير در شيلي و آرژانتين بخاطر كيسهايي بوده كه به سالهاي 1970 و سالها 1980 مربوط ميشده است. …
يك جنبه از اين موضوع اين است كه بيرحمترين و خودرأي و گستاخترين شكنجهگران را متوقف ميكند تا فكر كنند اين است كه؛ در زماني هستيم كه همه رژيمها حتي مستبدترين و ديرپاترين آنها تغيير ميكنند.
بنابراين حتي كساني كه فكر ميكنند مصونيت آنها از عدالت و حسابرسي آهنين است ميتوانند و اميدوارم بطور فزايندهيي در نهايت خود را در دادگاه بيابند.


Iranian photojournalist Majid Saeedi who was arrested after the June 2009 election has been sentenced to three years in prison. Saeedi was arrested at his home on June 30, 2009 by security agents who also confiscated a number of his belongings. He was present at the court hearings of post-election defendants also known as “show-trials”. He was later released on bail.
According to Kaleme, Saeedi has worked as a photojournalist for 20 years and has worked with domestic and international press and newspapers.
Majid Saeedi stated, “If the law is to be respected, my innocence will be proven as I did nothing but fulfill my duty as a journalist. I covered Mousavi’s electoral campaign as I also did for Ahmadinejad’s campaign. Why is it that I have been tried on charges of taking photographs for Mousavi and not for Ahmadinejad?”

مجید سعیدی عکاس به سه سال زندان محکوم شد
مجید سعیدی ، عکاس ایرانی که پس از انتخابات بازداشت شده بود به سه سال حبس تعزیری محکوم شد.
خبرگزاری حقوق بشر ایران
رهانا: مجید سعیدی عکاس مطبوعاتی، جمعه شب دهم تیر سال گذشته، از سوی ماموران امنیتی در منزلش بازداشت شده و ماموران بخشی از وسایل شخصی وی را نیز با خود برده بودند. وی در دادگاههای متهمان حوادث پس از انتخابات که به نام دادگاه نمایشی مشهور شد ،نیز شرکت داده شد و چندی بعد به قید وثیقه ازاد شد.
به گزارش سایت کلمه، سعیدی، بیست سال سابقه عکاسی دارد و با روزنامه ها و نشریات داخلی و رسانه های بین المللی کار کرده است.
مجید سعیدی می‌گوید: اگر بنا باشد به قانون احترام گذاشته شود، بیگناهی من ثابت خواهد شد زیرا من کاری به جز انجام وظیفه روزنامه نگاری خودم نکرده ام. من همانطور که همایش انتخاباتی موسوی را پوشش دادم، از همایش احمدی نژاد هم عکس تهیه کردم. چرا من را به جرم عکاسی از موسوی، نه احمدی‌نژاد، محاکمه می‌کنند؟!


Abdollah Yousefzadegan, a high-ranking Master’s of law student and winner of the gold medal in the National Literature Olympiads, was transferred from solitary confinement to a three-person cell.
In a phone call from prison to his family, Yousefzadegan explained that after enduring 95 days of solitary confinement in Mashhad prison and Evin prison, he was transferred to a cell with other inmates.
Yousefzadegan is currently detained in Mashhad prison. He reports that he is under appropriate physical and emotional conditions.
Following his second transfer from Tehran to Mashhad prison, Mashhad judiciary authorities had promised his case would be cleared within a few days.

انتقال عبدالله یوسف زادگان از سلول انفرادی به سلول ۳ نفره پس از ۹۵ روز انفرادی رهانا
عبدالله یوسف زادگان دانشجوی نخبه کشور و برنده مدال طلای المپیاد ادبی، به سلولی سه نفره منتقل شد.
خبرگزاری حقوق بشر ایران
رهانا: عبدالله یوسف زادگان دانشجوی نخبه کشور و برنده مدال طلای المپیاد ادبی، طی تماس تلفنی با خانواده خود اطلاع داده است که سرانجام پس از ۹۵ روز گذراندن دوران انفرادی در سلولهای زندان اوین و زندان مشهد، به سلولهای ۲-۳ نفره منتقل شده است.
به گزارش رهانا، وی که اکنون در زندان مشهد بازداشت است از مناسب بودن وضع روحی و جسمی خود خبر داده است.
گفتنی است پیش از این و پس از انتقال مجدد عبدالله یوسف زادگان به مشهد، مقامات قضایی مشهد وعده داده بودند طی چند روز آینده تکلیف پرونده وی مشخص خواهد شد.


Ian Black, Middle East editor

It is a tale of two of Britain's finest universities, two highly-regarded Iranian students, two prolonged detentions without trial in the Islamic republic – and two very different responses.
Oxford PhD student Mohammadreza Jalaeipour, who campaigned for the opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi in 2009, was rearrested 10 days ago. Jalaeipour, researching the sociology of religion, was first detained almost exactly a year previously, shortly after Iran's disputed presidential election, as he and his wife Fatemeh Shams were boarding a flight to Dubai en route for the UK.
Jalaeipour, 27, spent 80 days in prison, more than 50 of them in solitary confinement at Tehran's notorious Evin prison. On his release on bail in September, Jalaeipour remained in Iran with his parents as his passport had been confiscated. Shams – despite warnings from the authorities to return home – is still in Oxford, where she is also studying.
On 14 June, her husband was informed by the authorities that he should go to a mosque to get his passport back. Instead, Jalaeipour came home with five plainclothes agents, who searched the house and confiscated his belongings before taking him away. It is not clear why he was rearrested since Iran's judiciary had previously declared his case closed. He is again being held in solitary confinement. "This is now a kidnap," Shams says.
Four days later, Professor Margaret MacMillan, warden of St Antony's College Oxford, wrote to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. "These proceedings are not worthy of the Islamic Republic and are inflicting great suffering on Mohammadreza, his wife and his family," MacMillan protested.
"Fatemeh has not only endured months of unhappiness at being separated from her husband but now suffers the added cruelty of receiving threatening and abusive emails from a group who hide behind the name of the Cyber Army of the Islamic Republic. I urge you to find who is responsible for these disgraceful attacks and put a stop to them."
Not surprisingly, perhaps, no answer has been received from Khamenei. But MacMillan's letter was reported by BBC Persian TV, which is widely watched in Iran. Shams is grateful for the support, including other public statements made by the university from the start.
It has been a very different story with Ehsan Abdoh-Tabrizi. The PhD student at Durham University has been in prison since mid-January after travelling to Tehran to visit his family.
He spent more than 50 days in solitary confinement and is now reported to be in poor health. He was not politically active but friends believe one reason for his arrest may be because his father, Hossein, manager of the banned reformist newspaper Sarmayeh, has been a critic of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who claimed victory over Mousavi last summer. Some suspect he may have been under surveillance while still in Britain.
Until this week Durham refused even to acknowledge that Abdoh-Tabrizi had been arrested. Journalists who contacted the university faced stonewalling and warnings that any publicity could endanger him.
"Those Iranian students who tried to protest the university's inaction were either reprimanded privately or shunned," one friend complained. "Due to their lack of response to the arrest, the Iranian government felt no pressure to explain their miscarriage of justice," said another.
Colleagues at the University of Essex, where Abdoh-Tabrizi had done his MA, drew up a petition calling for his release, only to be warned by the Iranian embassy in London not to interfere in the country's "internal affairs".
Embarrassed Durham academics then followed suit, but the university warned that staff could only sign it "in a personal capacity", ensuring that institutional silence was maintained — in striking contrast to Oxford's action on behalf of Jalaeipour.
Durham finally issued a statement to the Guardian yesterday. It confirmed that, according to the Iranian embassy, Abdoh-Tabrizi is being held on charges relating to national security and damage to property during demonstrations on the Ashura holiday in December, when some 1,000 people were arrested.
"We take the safety and security of our students very seriously and made enquiries as soon as concerns were raised, but obtaining information from Iran proved to be extremely difficult," said Professor Anthony Forster, the pro vice-chancellor.
Abdoh-Tabrizi's friends dismissed the statement as disingenuous and claimed Durham's extreme reticence can only be explained by the university's links with the Iranian embassy and institutions such as the Mahdieh Charity Foundation in Qom and the Cultural Heritage Organisation of Iran in Tehran.
Durham is sensitive to – and rejects – such criticism, hinting darkly at political motivation by Abdoh-Tabrizi's supporters. "The university will continue to liaise with Ehsan's family and has, with advice and independently of any public campaigning or political context, written to the Iranian embassy in London," Forster's statement said.
"We are hopeful of a positive outcome, but will continue to monitor the issue carefully and review our position, ensuring that any action we undertake is in Ehsan's best interests," it concluded. "We will not be making any further comment at this delicate stage."

Iran jails Getty photographer for three years: website


Iran has sentenced a freelance photographer for Getty Images photo agency to three years in prison for taking pictures of 2009 election protests, an OPPOSITION website reported on Sunday.
‘Majid Saeedi was sentenced to three years in prison,', the website of OPPOSITION leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, reported without providing any more details.
Saeedi, an Iranian, was arrested in July 2009 along with another local photographer for sending pictures of protests against President Mahmoud Ahamdinejad's disputed re-election to foreign media.
He was released on bail after over a month in detention.
Saeedi has been taking pictures for two decades and has also worked as a photo editor for Iran's hardline Fars news agency and several local newspapers.
Iranian authorities banned reporters working for foreign media from covering OPPOSITION demonstrations on June 16 last year a day after a massive protest march around Tehran's Azadi (freedom) square

وبسايت: ايران عكاس گتي(اينترنتي) را به مدت 3 سال زنداني ميكند
يك وبسايت اپوزيسيون روز يكشنبه گزارش كرد كه ايران يك عكاس آزادِ آژانس عكاسي گتي ايميج (Getty Images) را به خاطر عكس برداري از اعتراضهاي انتخابات 2009 به 3 سال زندان محكوم كرده است.
وبسايت كلمه, متعلق به رهبر اپوزيسيون مير حسين موسوي, بدون ارائه جزئيات گزارش كرد, ”مجيد سعيدي به 3 سال زندان محكوم شد.“
سعيدي, كه يك ايراني است, در ژوئيه 2009 همراه با ساير عكاسان محلي به خاطر ارسال عكسهاي اعتراضها عليه انتخاب مجدد مناقشه برانگيز رئيس جمهور محمود احمدينژاد براي رسانههاي خارجي دستگير شد.
او پس از يك ماه در بازداشت به قيد وثيقه آزاد شد.
سعيدي به مدت 2 دهه عكس برداري كرده و به عنوان ويراستار عكس براي خبرگزاري تندروي فارس و چندين روزنامه محلي نيز كار كرده است... (خبرگزاري فرانسه - 30/3/89)
Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran

Political prisoners in Evin Prison’s cellblock 350 have been banned from calling their families since yesterday. The telephone was their only form of communication with their families.
A cell in cellblock 350 used by political prisoners was also evacuated and given to non-political prisoners and authorities have decreased the number of political prisoners’ cells. This issue has made the cells crowded because they hold many more prisoners than their normal capacity. Currently about 30 to 36 political prisoners are kept in every cell and almost 1\3 of these prisoners are forced to sleep on the floor. Despite the severe heat, these cells lack minimum cooling appliances and because the cells hold more than their capacity, prisoners are subjected to intolerable pressure

تشديد فشارها و ايجاد محدوديتهاي غير انساني عليه زندانيان سياسي در بند 350 زندان اوين
ارتباط تلفني زندانيان سياسي بند 350 با خانواده هايشان از شب گذشته قطع شده است و تنها امکان ارتباطي زندانيان سياسي با خانواده هايشان از آنها سلب شده است. قطع تلفنها با اهداف مشخص و در حالت خاص صورت ميگيرد.
از طرفي ديگر يکي از سلولهاي بند 350 زندان اوين که زندانيان سياسي در آن محبوس بودند را تخليه و در اختيار زندانيان عادي قرار دادهاند و تعداد سلولها ي که در اختيار زندانيان سياسي بوده را کاهش دادهاند. اين مسأله باعث شده است که ازدحام تعداد زنداينان در هر سلولها را به چند برابر افزايش يابد. در حال حاضر در هر سلول بين 30 الي 36 زنداني سياسي جاي داده شده است که تقريبا يک سوم زندانيان سياسي در هر سلول کف خواب هستند. سلولها عليرغم گرماي شديد تابستان فاقد امکانات اوليه خنک کننده هستند و با ازدحام چند برابر ظرفيت سلولها باعث شده که شرايط را بر زندانيان طاقتفرسا کند. (سايت فعالين حقوقبشر و دمکراسى در ايران - 31/3/89)

Kalameh Website

Hamzeh Karami, the head of the Jomhouriet (Republicanism) Website and one of the top administrators of the Free Islamic University is suffering from a heart problem in prison and needs urgent treatment but prison authorities have refused his request for a medical leave.
Hamzeh Karami, who was arrested after the elections was only allowed a five day leave until now. He was not able to receive treatment in this short time.
Karami was sentenced to 16 years of prison by the 26th branch of the Revolutionary Court headed by Judge Salavati. His sentence was lowered to 11 years of prison in a court of review

بيماري حمزه کرمي در زندان اوين و عدم موافقت با درخواست مرخصي وي
حمزه کرمي مدير سايت جمهوريت و از مديران ارشد دانشگاه آزاد اسلامي در زندان بيماري قلبي دارد و نيازمند درمان فوري است اما مسولان با درخواست مرخصي وي مخالفت مي کنند .
حمزه کرمي که از بازداشت شدگان حوادث پس از انتخابات محسوب مي شود، تاکنون فقط موفق به استفاده از يک مرخصي پنج روزه شده است . فرصتي کوتاه که او نتوانسته درمانش را دنبال کند.
کرمي در دادگاه بدوي توسط رييس شعبه ۲۶ دادگاه انقلاب ،قاضي صلواتي به ۱۶سال زندان محکوم شده بودو که اين حکم در دادگاه تجديد نظر به ۱۱ سال تبديل شد . (کلمه – 31/3/89)
Tehran Emrouz Daily

More than 100 automobiles have been impounded for improper veiling and more than 62,000 improperly veiled people in the Province of Qom have received notices.
Khorasani the head of the Public Security Police in the province of Qom cited this issue and said, “The promotion of improper veiling and immorality in the society is one of the goals of the enemy in creating a soft war and the enemies try to damage public chastity in this way”.
“The Security Police has dealt with improperly veiled motorists in the province in line with dealing with improper veiling and improving the culture of veiling and chastity in various sectors of the society”.

به 62 هزار بدحجاب در قم تذکر داده شد
بيش از 100 دستگاه خودرو به علت بدحجابي توقيف و به بيش از 62 هزار بدحجاب در سطح استان قم تذکر داده شد.
بر اساس گزارش روزنامه تهران امروز: سرهنگ خراساني، رئيس پليس امنيت عمومي استان قم با اشاره به اين مطلب افزود: ترويج بدحجابي و بي‌بندوباري در جامعه از اهداف دشمن در به راه انداختن جنگ نرم است و دشمنان با اين کار سعي در خدشه‌دار کردن عفت عمومي جامعه را دارند.
خراساني افزود:‌ پليس امنيت عمومي استان در راستاي برخورد با بدحجابي و بدپوششي و ارتقاي امنيت اجتماعي و اخلاقي در سطح جامعه و گسترش فرهنگ حجاب و عفاف ميان اقشار مختلف، اقدام به برخورد با رانندگان بدحجاب در سطح استان کرده است. (روزنامه تهران امروز – 31/3/89)

Canada announces sanctions on Iran

Canada is announcing a new round of economic sanctions against Iran aimed at dissuading the Tehran government from pursuing the development of nuclear weapons.Dimitri Soudas, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's spokesman, said Tuesday that Canada is following the United Nations' lead.The U.N. Security Council approved a resolution two weeks ago to strengthen sanctions and call on individual countries and blocs of nations to expand their own sanctions regimes against Iranian individuals and organizations.The U.S. House and Senate reached a deal on new round of economic sanctions against Iran on Monday.

According to Shahrzad News, on June 16, 2010, during a government visit to the Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province, a female reporter was beaten up by the bodyguard of Reza Rahimi, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Vice President.
The extent of the abuse made other reporters hesitant to cover the event. The Governor has made a promise to reporters to follow up on the incident. The name of the female reporter and the newspaper she works for is not known.

Translation: Banoo Sabz

ضرب و شتم یک خبرنگار زن در جریان سفر استانی هیات دولت به چهارمحال بختیاری
ضرب و شتم یک خبرنگار زن در جریان سفر استانی هیات دولت به چهارمحال بختیاری
شهرزادنیوز: در یکی از رشته سفرهای هیات دولت به استان چهارمحال بختیاری که روز چهارشنبه 26 خرداد انجام شد، یک خبرنگار زن مورد حمله و ضرب و شتم محافظان معاون اول احمدی‌نژاد قرار گرفت.
به گزارش “خبرنامه دانشجویان ایران”، برخورد محافظان رحیمی به خبرنگار زن به حدی زننده بود که سایر خبرنگاران تصمیم گرفتند از پوشش خبری سفر معاون احمدی‌نژاد خودداری کنند. سرانجام با وساطت استاندار چهارمحال بختیاری خبرنگاران به کار خود ادامه دادند. استاندار به خبرنگاران قول داد که این مساله را پیگیری کند.
نام خبرنگار زن و روزنامه ای که او را برای تهیه‌ی گزارش اعزام کرده بود، اعلام نشده است

According to the latest reports from Jaras, on June 15, 2010, detained journalist Massoud Lavasani had a nervous breakdown in ward 350 of Evin prison. Lavasani has been imprisoned since September 26, 2010.
Following the incident, Lavasani was taken to the clinic inside Evin prison, but authorities did not allow a transfer to the hospital. Reports also indicate that Lavasani lost his vision for one hour during the nervous breakdown.
For more than ten years, Lavasani has worked for various reformist publications including Shargh (East), Kargozaran, and Etemad Melli. The Appeals Court in Tehran sentenced Lavasani to a six-year prison term and a ten-year ban from press activities.

Translation: Maryam Ny

حمله قلبی و وضعیت وخیم جسمانی مسعود لواسانی، روزنامه نگار دربند
جـــرس: بنا به گزارش منابع خبری جرس، مسعود لواسانی روزنامه نگار زندانی، روز سه شنبه ۲۵ خرداد ماه، در بند ٣۵۰ زندان اوین، دچار حمله عصبی شد.
این منبع خبری خاطرنشان ساخت این زندانی سیاسی در پی این حمله عصبی، به بهداری اوین منتقل شد ولی علیرغم نیاز به مراقبت در بیمارستان، از انتقال وی به بیمارستان جلوگیری شده است .
گزارش مذکور همچنین اعلام کرد لواسانی در اثر این حمله، به صورت موقت و به مدت یک ساعت بینایی اش را از دست داده بود.
گفتنی است لواسانی که از چهارم مهرماه گذشته تا کنون در زندان به سر می برد، بیش از ۱۰ سال از همکاران مطبوعات اصلاح طلب، از جمله شرق، کارگزاران و اعتماد ملی بوده و دادگاه تجدید نظر استان تهران، فروردین ماه امسال، وی را به شش سال حبس تعزیری و ده سال محرومیت از فعالیت های مطبوعاتی محکوم کرد

According to reports by Daneshjoo News, Majid Tavakoli and a number of other political prisoners were transferred from ward 7 to ward 350, room #2 in Evin prison. The move occurred after a telephone ban was announced for ward 350. The transfer took place under the pretext of a requirement for maintenance in the building.

It is worth noting that there is currently no telephone contact in ward 350, the medical facilities are sub-par, and construction work continues.

It is believed that there are ulterior motives behind the transfer of prisoners. According to insiders, the conditions in ward 350 are extremely poor.

Translation: Negar Irani

مجید توکلی به همراه تنی چند از زندانیان سیاسی به بند ۳۵۰ زندان اوین منتقل شدندسه شنبه, ۰۱ تیر ۱۳۸۹
مجید توکلی از اندرزگاه هفت زندان اوین به بند ۳۵۰ اطاق ۲ منتقل شد.
به گزارش دانشجونیوز، درپی قطع ارتباطات تلفنی زندانیان بند ۳۵۰ به بهانه تعمیرات ساختمانی، مجید توکلی به همراه تعداد نامعلومی از زندانیان بند هفت زندان اوین به بند ۳۵۰ منتقل شده اند.
لازم به ذکر است که این بند در حال حاضر تلفنش قطع و شرایط پزشکی و بهداشتی مناسبی ندارد و مدتی است که در آن ساخت ساز می شود که هنوز هم ادامه دارد.
به نظر می رسد انتقال این زندانیان با اهداف خاصی صورت پذیرفته باشد.
در روزهای اخیر اخباری از شرایط بسیار نامناسب زندانیان این بند به خارج از زندان ارسال گردیده بود
RAHANA – On June 19, 2010, Godeleh Sazi workers in Sirjan (south of Iran, province of Kerman) continued their picket outside the main gate of the complex and asked the management to address their demands. The workers demanded to meet with the CEO, Mohammad Jalal Mo’ab, who is currently in Tehran on a trip.

According to a RAHANA reporter, there were altercations between the 400 striking workers and some of the factory managers. A number of workers were injured during clashes with the factory guards. There is still no information on the number or conditions of the injured workers. There are also reports that the city’s security officials held an emergency meeting on the afternoon of the same day.

The strike started on June 14th after the announcement of the results of the company’s hiring exams, which only 40 of the 500 workers passed. The striking workers have been employed for the last five years on a contractual basis to launch the complex; however after the complex was inaugurated by Ahmadinejad in April, they were told that they would be replaced by new workers who had passed the hiring exams. The situation became critical when it was announced that only 40 among the current workers had qualified to continue their employment.

On June 16th, the striking workers began holding daily gatherings outside the governor’s office. One worker told RAHANA, “We have not received any convincing answers from the city officials, therefore we will continue our strike until we receive a meaningful answer to our demands.”

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the worker said that the city’s Intelligence and administrative authorities held a meeting with three representatives of the striking workers. According to the worker, “Not only did they fail to address the demands of the workers, but they also tried to intimidate the three representatives during the meeting.”

In the past few days, the city’s Intelligence authorities have repeatedly contacted the local newspapers and ordered them not to cover the news of the strike. An informed source told RAHANA that the sensitivity of the Intelligence authorities over the strike is because the complex was opened by Ahmadinejad two months ago and the authorities believe that news of a strike would lead to the weakening of the government’s image. One striking worker, however, dismissed the idea that the strike is politically motivated and said, “We are not involved in politics. Our only demand is to keep our jobs. Who is going to answer to our families when we lose our job?”

An eyewitness told RAHANA that the representatives for the three workers left in protest after their demands were not addressed during the meeting with the city authorities. The gathering outside the governor’s office did not take place on Saturday, but the workers continued their strike.

Source: RAHANA
Please be careful, the clip is graphic

The Ashura protests showed a more radicalized, programmed and guided style of protest than any other ones before it. At the same time the State controlled Bassidj and suppressive garrisons were also on maximum alert and organisation being directly lead by the Supreme Leader himself.

There were how ever analysis sourced by Iranian state run sites and also elements working in social media on the internet that suggested unprecedented violence by the people to the suppressive agents hence leading to provocation of blood shed.
(They meant to conclude that protesters should not defend themselves against bullets and knives and cycles)
We like to deduct that having seen this clip and many others of the same protest, it is evident that the organised propaganda to depict the uprising as a provocation of violence (instead of self defence when is necessary ) is not a realistic one; in this clip people were shot and killed first by plain cloth agents ant the crowed only disarmed the aggressive agents amidst all excitement .

62,000 'badly veiled' women warned in Iran holy province

(AFP) - Iranian police have issued warnings to 62,000 women who were "badly veiled" in the Shiite holy province of Qom as part of a clampdown on dress and behaviour, a newspaper said on Monday.

Around "62,000 women were warned for being badly veiled" in the province of Qom, Tehran Emrouz newspaper quoted provincial police chief Colonel Mehdi Khorasani as saying.
It was unclear whether all the women issued with warnings were from Qom or the tally included travellers passing through the province.

Khorasani said police had also confiscated around 100 cars for carrying improperly dressed women, adding that "encouraging such relaxations are among the objectives of the enemy."
The newspaper did not say during which period the warnings were issued.
The population of Qom is more than one million, with most of them concentrated in the city itself which is Shiite Iran's clerical nerve-centre.

By law, women in the Islamic republic must be covered from head to foot, with their hair completely veiled, and social interaction is banned between men and women who are not related.
Iran is known particularly for summer-time crackdowns on improperly dressed women but the issue has sparked debate after hardline President Mahmoud Ahamdinejad said he "firmly" opposed the clampdown.

In a televised interview earlier this month, he said he was "firmly against such actions. It is impossible for such actions to be successful."

His remarks have drawn the wrath of fellow hardliners and several top clerics who have criticised him for opposing the police crackdown.

Iran's morality police have returned to the streets in past weeks, confiscating cars whose male drivers harass women, local media say, without clarifying what amounts to harassment.
The reports say the police or hardline militiamen have been stopping cars with young men or women inside to question their relationship.

The Islamic dress code for women is also being more strictly enforced.

62000 زنان بدحجاب در استان مقدس مورد هشدار قرار مي گيرند
روز دوشنبه يك روز نامه نوشت, بعنوان بخشي از سركوب در باره پوشش و رفتار, پليس ايران به 62000 زن بدليل بدحجابي دراستان مقدس قم اخطار داد .
روزنامه تهرانِ امروز, ازقول رئيس پليس استان سرهنگ مهدي خراساني نوشت وي مي گويد, به حدود 62000 زن به خاطر بدحجابي در استان قم اخطار داده شد. . . .
خراساني گفت پليس همچنين حدود 100 خودرو را مصادره كرد, وي اضافه كرد” اشاعه چنين بي بندو باري, از اهداف دشمن است” .
اين روزنامه نگفت كه در چه پريود زماني اين اخطار ها داده شده است. . .
رسانه هاي محلي مي گويند در هفته هاي اخير پليس اخلاق به خيابان ها بازگشته , خودروهايي

Clip: 20 June regime fears overthrow

Vanak in Iran: the intensive concentration of security forces ( not including plain clothed agents) alone depict immense fear of regime of what the continuation of protests could do to.

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Shirin Firouzi, the wife of Dr. Akbar Karami, a political activist in Qom was arrested today by security forces.
Firouzi had given several interviews about her jailed husband but the real reason behind her arrest is not known.
Dr. Karami, who was arrested in Qom, has been jailed for several months. Recently a court of first instance sentenced this political activist to 3 years of prison and a 2 million rial (about $200,000) fine

بازداشت همسر اکبر کرمي، زنداني سياسي در قم
شيرين فيروزي همسر دکتر اکبر کرمي از فعالان سياسي استان قم امروز، يکشنبه سي خرداد ماه توسط نيروهاي امنيتي بازداشت شد.
به گزارش ادوار نيوز خانم فيروزي طي مدت اخير در راستاي اطلاع رساني وضعيت همسرش چند مصاحبه داشته است اما از علت اصلي بازداشت وي اطلاعي در دست نيست.
گفتني است دکتر اکبر کرمي چندين ماه است که در قم در بازداشت به سر مي برد. هم چنين حکم دادگاه بدوي اين فعال سياسي به تازگي اعلام شده که بر اساس آن وي به 3 سال حبس و دو ميليون ريال جزاي نقدي محکوم شده است. (ادوار نيوز – 30/3/89)
Kalameh Website

Majid Saiedi, a well-known photographer who was arrested after the presidential election was sentenced to three years of prison.
He was arrested in his home on July 1, 2009 by security forces. Some of his belongings were also confiscated. He was tried in (group) trials for post-election offenders known as the ‘show trials’ and was released some time later on bail

مجيد سعيدي ،عکاس به سه سال زندان محکوم شد
مجيد سعيدي ، عکاس سرشناس ايراني که پس از انتخابات بازداشت شده بود به سه سال حبس تعزيري محکوم شد.
به گزارش کلمه ،مجيد سعيدي عکاس مطبوعاتي شب جمعه دهم سال گذشته تير از سوي ماموران امنيتي در منزلش بازداشت شده و ماموران بخشي از وسايل شخصي وي را نيز با خود برده بودند .وي در دادگاههاي متهمان حوادث پس از انتخابات که به نام دادگاه نمايشي مشهور شد ،نيز شرکت داده شد و چندي بعد به قيد وثيقه ازاد شد. (كلمه – 30/3/89)
Committee of Human Rights Reporters

The Shiraz Intelligence Agency arrested a number of political and student activists on June 10. They are currently detained in Detention 100 in Shiraz which belongs to this city’s Intelligence Agency.
Majid Razmjou, their lawyer, said that these students who were members of the National Development Association intended to hold a seminar on June 10 with legal permits.
“It is still not clear what their official charges are but after their families went to the authorities, they were told that their children were charged with planning sedition, spreading propaganda against the prophet, advertising the monarchist state, advertising secularism and distributing CD’s”, the students’ lawyer said

بازداشت ده ها تن از فعالين سياسي و دانشجويي در شيراز
به گزارش دانشجونيوز، اداره اطلاعات شيراز به دلايلي نامعلوم اين فعالين سياسي و دانشجويي را در روز 20 خرداد بازداشت کرده و در بازداشتگاه پلاک 100 شيراز که متعلق به اداره اطلاعات اين شهر است نگاه داري مي کند.
همچنين مجيد رزمجو، در گفتگو با خبرنگار رهانا گفت: اين دانشجويان که مجوز انجمن توسعه ملي را داشته اند با کسب مجوزهاي قانوني قصد داشته اند روز ۲۰ خرداد سميناري برگزار کنند.
وکيل اين دانشجويان در بخش ديگري از اظهارات خود به خبرنگار رهانا گفت: هنوز به صورت رسمي اتهام اين دانشجويان اعلام نشده اما در مراجعه خانواده بازداشت شدگان به آنها گفته شده که فرزندان شان به « برنامه ريزي اغتشاشات،تبليغ عليه پيامبر،تبليغ نظام شاهنشاهي،تبليغ لاييک و پخش سي دي هاي ضاله» متهم هستند. (رهانا – 30/3/89)

Fars state-run news agency

The retribution sentence of a man was carried out in the morning in Zahedan Prison.
According to the Public Relations Department of the Sistan & Baluchestan Prosecutor’s Office, the Public and Revolutionary Court in Zahedan announced that Akbar H. was sentenced to retribution (death) on charges of intentional murder and rape.
According to this report, the sentence was carried out in the morning in Zahedan Prison after it was upheld by sources in the Supreme Court

يك نفر در زاهدان اعدام شد
صبح امروز حكم قصاص نفس در زندان زاهدان اجرا شد.
به گزارش خبرگزاري فارس از زاهدان به نقل از روابط عمومي دادگستري سيستان و بلوچستان، دادسراي عمومي و انقلاب زاهدان اعلام كرد: "اكبر.ح " به اتهام قتل عمدي و تجاوز به عنف به قصاص نفس محكوم شده بود.
بر پايه اين گزارش؛ حكم صادره پس از تاييد توسط مراجع عالي قضايي كشور، صبحگاه امروز در محل زندان زاهدان به مرحله اجرا درآمد. (خبر گزاري فارس – 25/3/89)
Fars state-run News Agency

The head of the state security in Sarab said, “A person (Mehdi H.) who shot and killed his landlord and injured three of his family members in the town of Sarab was hanged in public”…
“He was hanged in the Chamran Square in this town”.

يك مرد در سراب در ملاء عام به دار آويخته شد
فرمانده انتظامي سراب گفت: فردي (مهدي ـ ح) كه با شليك چهار گلوله در شهرستان سراب سبب كشته شدن صاحبخانه و زخمي شدن سه نفر از اعضاي خانواده شده بود در ملاء عام به دار آويخته شد...
وي افزود: او در ميدان شهيد چمران اين شهرستان به دار مجازات آويخته شد. (خبر گزاري فارس – 24/3/89)

According to reports from INA, 4000 people had gathered to commemorate Neda's memory in Behesht Zahra , despite extreme security presence to prevent or hamper the gathering

Fars state-run News Agency

A member of the Judicial Commission in the Majilis said, “For those who are fined for not following Islamic norms and proper veiling, criminal records will be made for them in the related institutions. These people will be punished more severely for the second and third time around”.
“Prison, physical punishment and fines are legal ways that lawmakers have put in place for dealing with those who do not follow the law; in reality it has to be examined to see which of these three legal measures is the best solution in dealing with this issue”

تشکيل پرونده براي زنان بي‌حجاب در دستگاه‌هاي ذيربط
عضو کميسيون حقوقي و قضايي مجلس گفت: براى افرادي که در خصوص عدم رعايت حجاب و شئونات اسلامي‌‌ جريمه نقدي مي‌شوند‌ ، پرونده‌اي در دستگاههاي ذيربط تشکيل مي‌شود که مجازات اين افراد براى دومين‌ و سومين بار شدت بيشتري پيدا مي‌کند.
حجت‌الاسلام طباطبايي‌نژاد در پاسخ به اين پرسش که آيا جريمه نقدي تأثيري در مقابله با بي‌حجابي به منظور اجراي طرح عفاف و حجاب در جامعه دارد، ‌ افزود: زندان، ‌ تعزير و جريمه نقدي راه‌هاي قانوني است که قانونگذار براى مقابله با متخلفاني که قانون را رعايت نمي‌کنند، ‌ گذاشته‌است‌ ؛ در واقع بايد بررسي کرد کداميک از اين 3 راه قانوني در خصوص اين موضوع بهتر نتيجه مي‌دهد. (خبرگزاري فارس (رژيم) - 28/3/89)
Mehr News Agency

The head of Women’s Affairs in the Ministry of Education said that school books will be revised and lessons on hijab (Islamic covering) and chastity will be included in the books

آموزش حجاب و عفاف در کتاب‌هاي درسي مدارس گنجانده مي‌شود
مديرکل امور بانوان وزارت آموزش و پرورش از بازبيني کتاب‌هاي درسي مدارس و گنجاندن آموزش‌هاي مربوط به حجاب و عفاف در آن‌ها خبر داد. (مهر – 25/3/89)
Fars state-run News Agency

Morteza Nourbakhsh, the head of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Student Selection Organization said in a speech in Kurdistan University, “Students with sham religions and those who are part of the unofficial minorities in the country have no right to study at universities and if a they are studying at university, their files have to be sent to the Central Committee of the Student Selection Organization for a qualification check”.

دانشجويان اديان ساختگي حق تحصيل ندارند
به گزارش خبرنگار حوزه دانشگاه خبرگزاري فارس، مرتضي نوربخش, رئيس دبيرخانه هيئت مركزي گزينش دانشجو, در سي و نهمين نشست معاونان آموزشي دانشگاه‌هاي كشور كه در دانشگاه كردستان برگزار شد، گفت: دانشجويان اديان ساختگي و اقليت‌هاي غير رسمي كشور حق تحصيل در دانشگاه‌ها را ندارند و اگر در دانشگاهي تحصيل مي‌كنند بايد براي تأييد صلاحيت به هيئت مركزي گزينش دانشجو فرستاده شوند. (خبرگزاري فارس – 29/3/89)

Committee of Human Rights Reporters

Sara Khademi, a student of sociology at the Mazandaran University was banned from continuing her studies to get her master’s degree.
She was summoned by the Evaluation Organization’s Intelligence Department and after a long interrogation it was announced that she has failed the selection process.
Sara Khademi was arrested in 2007 along with a number of other student activists and was detained in an intelligence detention center. She was later summoned to the Revolutionary Court twice

سارا خادمي، فعال دانشجويي از ادامه تحصيل محروم شد
سارا خادمي دانشجوي رشته جامعه شناسي دانشگاه مازندران از ادامه تحصيل در مقطع کارشناسي ارشد محروم شد.
وي در آخرين روز مهلت انتخاب رشته، طي تماسي تلفني به اطلاعات سازمان سنجش احضار شد و بعد از بازجويي طولاني که از سوي اطلاعات سازمان از او به عمل آمد، وي را مردود گزينشي عنوان کردند.
سارا خادمي از جمله فعالان دانشجويي بود که همراه تعدادي ديگر از دانشجويان در آذرماه سال ۸۶ دستگير و روانه بازداشتگاه اطلاعات شد و پس از آن دوبار به دادگاه انقلاب احضار شد. (كميته گزارشگران حقوق بشر – 25/3/89)
Rooz Website

Death sentence of Mohammad-Ali Haj Aqayi and Jafar Kazemi, two men who were arrested during the post-election unrest, was confirmed by the court of review.

تاييد حكم اعدام دو هوادار سازمان مجاهدين
محمد علي حاج آقايي و جعفر کاظمي، دو تن از بازداشت شدگان وقايع بعد از انتخابات هستند که حکم اعدام آنها از سوي دادگاه تجديد نظر تاييد شده است. (روز – 24/3/89)
Human Rights Activists in Iran

Shahin Zinali was sentenced to two years and 91 days of prison on June 16 by the 26th branch of the Revolutionary Court headed by Judge Pir-Abbasi.
According to reports, he was sentenced to two years of prison for assembling and conspiring against the security of the country by being a member of the Pan-Iranian Party and 91 days of prison for propagandist activities against the state by participating in illegal gatherings which led to sedition and giving interviews to foreign media. He was also sentenced to a fine of 1 million and 500,000 rials (about $10,000).

دو سال و نود و يک روز حبس تعزيري براي شاهين زينعلي
صبح روز چهارشنبه 26 خردادماه، شاهين زيعلي از سوي شعبه 26 دادگاه انقلاب به رياست قاضي پيرعباسي، به دو سال و نود و يک روز حبس تعزيري محکوم کرد.
بنا به اطلاع گزارشگران هرانا، حکم صادره در خصوص اين روزنامه نگار و فعال سياسي حاکي از 2 سال حبس به جهت اجتماع و تباني عليه امنيت کشور از طريق عضويت در حزب پان ايرانيست، 91 روز حبس به جهت فعاليت تبليغي عليه نظام از طريق شرکت در تجمعات غير قانوني منجر به اغتشاش، و مصاحبه با رسانه هاي بيگانه و پرداخت مبلغ يک ميليون و پانصد هزار ريال جزاي نقدي مي باشد. (هرانا – 27/3/89)

Advar News

Cyrus Benegazi, a member of the Office for Consolidating Unity in Bushehr was banned from continuing his education to get his master’s degree.
Cyrus Benegazi who had participated in the political science exam to continue his education for a master’s degree went to the Evaluation Organization after being told that there was a defect in his file. The Evaluation Organization then announced that he was not able to continue his education because his political qualifications had not been confirmed

جلوگيري از ادامه تحصيل فعال دانشجويي در مقطع کارشناسي ارشد
کلمه: سيروس بنه گزي عضو شعبه بوشهر سازمان ادوار تحکيم وحدت، از ادامه ي تحصيل در مقطع کارشناسي ارشد محروم شد.
به گزارش ادوار نيوز، سيروس بنه گزي که با شرکت در مرحله کارشناسي ارشد رشته علوم سياسي قصد ادامه تحصيل داشت با اعلام نقص پرونده از سوي مسئولين آموزش عالي به دفتر پيگيري سازمان سنجش مراجعه که به وي اعلام مي شود بدليل عدم تاييد صلاحيت سياسي قادر به ادامه تحصيل نيست. (ادوار نيوز – 27/3/89)
Kalameh Website
According to reports, jailed journalist Hossein Lavasani suffered a nervous attack on Tuesday June 15 in prison.
After this attack, he was taken to the prison infirmary but despite the need for hospital supervision, he was prevented from being transferred to the hospital.
This journalist lost his eyesight for one hour after the attack.
Lavasani has been jailed since September 26, 2009. He has been sentenced to six years of prison and a 10 year ban on journalistic activities

حمله عصبي يك روزنامه نگار زنداني
بنا بر برخي شنيده ها و گزارشات، حسين لواساني روزنامه نگار زنداني، روز سه شنبه ۲۵/۳/۱۳۸۹ دچار حمله عصبي شده است.
به گزارش اين منبع خبري کلمه، در پي اين حمله عصبي، حسين لواساني به بهداري اوين منتقل شده ولي عليرغم نياز به مراقبت در بيمارستان، از انتقال او به بيمارستان جلوگيري شده است.
گفتني است اين روزنامه نگار زنداني در اثر اين حمله به صورت موقت و به مدت يک ساعت بينايي اش را از دست داده است.
لواساني که از چهارم مهرماه گذشته تا کنون در زندان به سر مي برد. وي را به شش سال حبس تعزيري و ده سال محروميت از فعاليت هاي مطبوعاتي محکوم کرد. (كلمه – 27/3/89)

Savalan Sassi Website

Ibrahim Rashidi, an engineer, blogger and journalist disappeared in Ardabil on Monday June 14.
This Azeri blogger disappeared on Monday evening after visiting one of his friends in the Ardabil Bazaar while going back to his sister’s home and he has not contacted his family yet.
Eyewitnesses say security forces were following Ibrahim Rashidi while he was going back to his sister’s home and there are speculations that he was arrested by agents of the Intelligence Agency in this town.
Before this, intelligence agents had gone to his home in Meshkin Shahr and after conducting a search confiscated his books and handwritten notes.

ناپديد شدن مهندس ابراهيم رشيدي روزنامه نگار آذربايجاني در اردبيل
ساوالان سسي : مهندس ابراهيم رشيدي روزنامه نگار و وبلاگ نويس آذربايجاني از روز دوشنبه ۲۴ خرداد ٨۹ در اردبيل ناپديد شده است.
اين وبلاگ نويس و روزنامه نگار آذربايجاني عصر روز دوشنبه ۲۴ خرداد ٨۹ پس از ملاقات با يکي از دوستانش در بازار اردبيل در راه بازگشت به منزل خواهرش ناپديد شده و تا کنون تماسي با خانواد نداشته است.
شاهدان عيني مي گويند ماموران امنيتي ابراهيم رشيدي را در مسير بازگشت به منزل خواهرش تحت تعقيب قرار داده بودند و گمان مي برند که رشيدي توسط ماموران اداره اطلاعات اردبيل بازداشت شده باشد.
چندي پيش نيز ماموران امنيتي با مراجعه به منزل پدري اين وبلاگ نويس آذربايجاني در شهر مشکين شهر(خياو) پس از تفتيش منزل کتابها و دست نوشته هاي وي را با خود برده بودند
Committee of Human Rights Reporters

Hassan Etemadi, the editor of the monthly IT newspaper was arrested on December 27, 2009 on Ashura.
According to reports, he was sentenced to one year of prison and one year of suspended prison by the 28th branch of the Revolutionary Court headed by Judge Moqiseh and is currently in cellblock 350 in Evin Prison.

محکوميت يک روزنامه‌نگار به ۲ سال حبس
حسن اعتمادي، سردبير ماهنامه آي تي و داراي مدرک مهندس کشاورزي و آي تي از تاريخ ۶ دي ماه سال گذشته، برابر با روز عاشورا در زندان به سر مي‌برد.
به گزارش خبرنگار رهانا، وي در شعبه ۲۸ دادگاه انقلاب با راي قاضي مقيسه به يک سال حبس تعزيري و يک سال تعليقي محکوم شده و هم‌اکنون در بند ۳۵۰ زندان اوين به سر مي‌برد. (رهانا - 27/3/89)
(CNN) -- Iran is creating a new "internet police" force, the head of the country's security forces said Wednesday, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.
The force will "identify threats and remove them," Maj. Gen. Esmaeel Ahmadi Moghadam said.
Anti-government activists relied on websites like Twitter and YouTube to circulate information during last year's demonstrations against the re-election of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The internet police should be up and running "within the next couple of months," the security chief said.
He said the force was necessary because the "internet is relatively new and is so extensively used," so "unique and serious threats are felt by users and the society. Identifying these threats and removing them and passing new laws applicable in this space is part of an effort to prevent any harm."

Background :
Appeal on behalf of Mr. Shahin ZeinAli an Iranian journalist who is scheduled to serve a harsh sentence for activities namely membership in a legal political party and participating in peaceful gatherings.We are writing to you on behalf of Mr. Shahin ZeinAli, a 29-year-old Iranian journalist who is scheduled to serve a harsh sentence for activities that do not appear to constitute a crime under the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, namely membership in a legal political party and participating in peaceful gatherings. What follows is the information that has caused us a great deal of concern.According to the Iranian Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), in the morning of Wednesday, June 16, 2010, Shahin ZeinAli, a 29-year-old Iranian journalist was sentenced to two years, three months incarceration by Judge Pirabasi of the Revolutionary Court of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Reportedly, two years of the above mentioned sentence was for Shahin's alleged conspiracy against national security of the Islamic Republic of Iran through membership in a political party (Pan-Iranist Party). The remainder of Shain's sentence, 91 days, was for participating in illegal assemblies that resulted in chaos [presumably in the post- June 2009 disputed Iranian presidential election], interview with foreign media. Shahin will also have to pay a monetary penalty, in the amount of one million, five hundred Rial (approximately $150000)

.Last year, Shahin was arrested at his residence, detained at Section 240 of notorious Evin prison in the north of Tehran. He was released after serving three weeks in solitary confinement. During the search of his home, his computer, computer files, academic and journalism-related books, news archives and other personal items were confiscated. Shahin has awaite the reurn of his personal property by the authorities to no avail. The security forces refuse to return to him what they have taken illegally from him.Shahin was asked to present before Section 25 of the Revolutionary Court for last defence after four months of having no information on the status of his case.

He attorney, Mr. Mohammad Mustafayee, continued his case to June 16, 2010, at which time he was notified of his two-year-three-month sentence.We are asking the authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran, including the presiding judge, Mr. PirAbbasi, Mr. Larijani, the heard of Judiciary, and Mr. Seyed Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, to commute this unjust sentence and apologize to Mr. ZeinAli and his family for undue hardship and anxiety caused by Mr. ZeinAli's arrest and related events (search, seizure of property and solitary confinement).We thank you in advance for your kind and prompt attention to this matter.Sincerely,

شاهین زینعلی، به دو سال چهارماه جبس تعزیری (زندان) محکوم شده است. نامبرده 20 روز مهلت تجدید نظر درباره این حکم را دارد. وکیل شاهین زینعلی، دکتر محمد مصطفایی، لایحه اعتراض و فرجام خواهی وی را به دادگاه، برای تجدید نظر در حکم ارائه داده است. پس از پایان مهلت 20 روزه، حکم دادگاه تجدید نظر اعلام می شود که ممکن است منجر به ...تعدیل و کاهش مجازات شود، و یا اینکه همین جکم دو سال و چهار ماه، توسط دادگاه تائید شود. بنابر تجربیات به دست آمده در موارد مشابه پیشین، هرچقدر که نهادهای بین المللی و مدافعان حقوق بشر، در این مدت فرجام خواهی، واکنش بیشتری نشان بدهند، احتمال تعدیل مجازات بیشتر خواهد بود. از این روی از همه آزادیخواهان و مدافعان حقوق بشر تقاضا داریم که نسبت به حکم صادره برای شاهین زینعلی، که دلیلی جز عضویت در یک حزب سیاسی و اعتقاد به مرام پان ایرانیسم ندارد، اعتراض کنند و فشار افکار عمومی آزادیخواهان جهان را متوجه این بی عدالتی کنند

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The local head of the judiciary in the northern province of Mazandaran said six people were arrested by Intelligence Ministry agents in connection with an attempt by members of the opposition People’s Mojahedin (PMOI) to plant bombs in several cities in the province, the state-run Jahan news website reported on Saturday.
Hojjatoleslam Hossein Talebi told journalists that judicial officials in Ramsar had ordered the arrests, and further reports on the matter were expected.
The announcement came just days after Iran's Intelligence Minister, Hojjatoleslam Heydar Moslehi, claimed with much fanfare that two PMOI teams had been arrested while attempting to plant bombs in public places in the capital.
The PMOI in a statement last week denied categorically that its members had been arrested or that they had been attempting to plant bombs.
"These absolutely false claims reflect the clerical regime's delirium, which is increasingly desperate in confronting the rise in popular protests and the increase in support by the Iranian people for the PMOI. These futile attempts are designed to cover up the regime's growing crises and deepening internal rifts and reflect its inability to stop the nationwide uprising", it said.

Senior officials of the regime’s suppressive forces have voiced trepidation over protests by the courageous people and youths of Iran on June 20, and have launched extensive measures to prevent the uprising. Some of the measures include:

• Putting suppressive forces on high alert and stationing them in operations bases since June 19.

• Organizing briefing sessions by the Deputy Office of the Intelligence of the paramilitary Bassij on June 16 and June 19 for the regime’s intelligence agents. Basing the regime’s suppressive forces on June 19 was reviewed at these sessions. Officials at the meeting also voiced concern about the activities of supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) on the occasion of June 20 and stressed the imperative for a heavier presence of suppressive forces.

• A meeting with the commander of the Sarollah Base of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and rank-in-file starting from the morning of Saturday and continuing into the afternoon.• The IRGC and Bassij operation to suppress the protests on June 20 is codenamed “Imam Mohammad Baqer.”

• The command operation of suppressive forces in the fourth district of Tehran is headed by Brig. Gen. Mehdi Sabbagh, who also commands the “Fatemeh Zahra” Brigade. The commanding unit controls 6 Bassij districts in the west of Tehran and Azadi Square. Sabbagh has been cracking down on demonstrators in 4th District in recent days. Hundreds of people have been arrested by his agents.

• Brig. Gen. Manouchehri, Deputy of Operations in 10th District (Meqdad), has been transferred to the 9th District after his hand was broken during clashes with courageous youths on June 12.

At around 14:00 local time on Sunday, June 20, a group of students and people gathered in protest to the regime in front of the main gate of Arts University situated in Mossaddeq Street in Tehran and chanted “death to Khamenei,” “Khamenei shame on you, let go of our country” and “we are Iranians, we will not surrender.” They were referring to Ali Khamenei, the regime’s Supreme Leader.

The protestors clashed with the regime’s suppressive forces. At least two were injured as a result of the assault by suppressive forces. At 14:30, hundreds of courageous youths and people staged protests at Polytechnic University with chants of “death to dictator,” leading to clashes with the regime’s forces.

At 15:30 local time, hundreds of regime intelligence agents (protection office on campus) surrounded the area in front of the University of Tehran’s main gate and prevented people and students from entering the campus. At 16:00 local time, the Iranian regime’s intelligence agents attacked three young women at Ferdowsi Square, later arresting and transferring them to an unknown location using a Peugeot vehicle. At about 15:00 local time at the Behesht-e Zahra Cemetery, at least 5 people were injured during clashes between people and suppressive forces.
At around noon, 150 demonstrators gathered under Tehran’s Hafez bridge and chanted “death to dictator” as State Security Forces (SSF) attacked the demonstration.

Fearing student protests and in order to prevent gatherings, the regime has closed metro stations in the vicinity of universities in Tehran since Sunday morning.

Streets and avenues around Kargar Shomali Street, where Neda Aqa Soltan was slain, were completely blocked off by intelligence and suppressive agents. The agents asked for identification cards from passersby and arrested a number of people. In the afternoon, anti-riot forces also joined other suppressive forces.

In the northeastern city of Mashhad, at around 14:00 local time at Shohada Square, hundreds of protestors staged a protest with chants of “death to Khamenei,” and “O Hojjat-e ibn al-Hassan, uproot injustice.” Suppressive forces brutally attacked and injured protestors. At least 5 of the demonstrators were wounded. At Tabarsi Street, close to 300 people chanted “death to Khamenei,” and were attacked by plainclothes agents and SSF forces.

Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, an employee of a piping company in Shahr-e-Rey, is one of the most well-known activists against child labour and protecting the rights of street children. He is also a member of the Committee to Facilitate Creation of Free Labour Organizations. Ebrahimzadeh was arrested by agents of the Ministry of Intelligence on June 12, 2010. The latest news indicates that he is under crucial interrogation and in critical condition in Evin prison.

During his arrest, Ebrahimzadeh was brutally beaten by police forces. Two of his ribs were broken and his chest was badly wounded. Following the physical abuse, he was sent to Evin prison.

Last year on International Workers’s Day (May 1, 2009) Ebrahimzadeh and other workers were arrested in Laleh Park (Tehran) and sent to prison. They were released under heavy bail. Ebrahimzadeh’s file is still processing in court.

Previously, the Ministry of Intelligence has investigated and imprisoned Ebrahimzadeh’s family in an attempt to put more pressure on him.
The Islamic Republic of Iran attempts to conceal its systematic child abuse problems by putting pressure on children’s rights defendants. Behnam Ebrahimzadeh is imprisoned for defending the rights of children who are in the streets due to poverty. Ebrahimzadeh has been imprisoned so the government’s actions can be concealed.
Translation: Shayesteh Irani

بهنام ابراهیم زاده فعال دفاع از حقوق کودکان کار باید فورا آزاد شود

بهنام ابراهیم زاده کارگر لوله سازی شورآباد شهر ری٬ از چهره های بسیار سرشناس دفاع از کودکان کار و خیابان فعال کارگری و عضو کمیته پیگیری برای ایجاد تشکل آزاد کارگری و عضو جمعیت دفاع از کودکان کار و خیابان٬ روز شنبه ۲۲خرداد در تهران توسط نیروهای وزرات اطلاعات دستگیر گردید٬ طبق آخرین اخبار دریافتی وی در زندان اوین تحت شرایط وخیم و غیر انسانی تحت بازجویی است.

وی در هنگام دستگیری مورد ضرب وشتم شدید قرار گرفته است، بشدت آسیب دیده است و درحالیکه بشدت از ناحیه قفسه سینه مجروح بوده و دو دنده اش شکسته شده بود٬ زخمی و خون آلود به زندان اوین منتقل گردیده است

بهنام ابراهیم زاده سال گذشته نیز در مراسم بزرگداشت روز جهانی کارگر٬ اول ماه مه در پارک لاله تهران، بهمراه دهها فعال کارگری دیگر دستگیر و روانه زندان شد٬ پس از مدتی با دادن وثیقه سنگین موقتا مرخص گردید٬ اما پیگرد قضایی وی هنوز به اتمام نرسیده و کماکان پرونده او تحت بررسی است.

وزرات اطلاعات برای تحت فشار گذاشتن بهنام٬ خانواده وی در اشتویه را چندین بار احضار و بازداشت نمود است.

جمهوری اسلامی با اعمال فشار بر فعالین دفاع از حقوق کودکان تلاش دارد وضعیت فاجعه بار کودکان و کودک آزاری سیستماتیک خود را پنهان دارد. اما تلاش شبانه روزی صدها فعال مدافع حقوق کودکان٬ جمهوری اسلامی همچنان به عقب نشینی وا میدارد.

جرم بهنام دفاع از حقوق صدها هزار کودکی است که بواسطه اعمال فقر تحمیلی حکومت اسلامی به جامعه٬ آواره بیقوله های کار و خیابان شده اند٬ بهنام را دستگیر کرده اند تا دستگاه کودک آزاری سیستماتیک خود را سرپا نگهدارند.

نهاد کودکان مقدمند ضمن محکوم کردن دستگیری٬ ضرب وشتم و شکنجه این فعال دفاع از حقوق کودکان٬ تمامی تلاش خود را برای آزادی وی بکارخواهد بست.

ما از همه تشکلها٬ نهادها و سازمانهای دفاع از حقوق کودکان می خواهیم که فعالانه برای آزادی بهنام ابراهیم زاده دست بکار شوند.

بهنام ابراهیم زاده باید و فورا بدون هیچ قید و شرطی آزاد گردد و بسرعت تحت درمان و مراقبت ویژه پزشکی و درمانی قرار گیرد.

The Iranian regime has reinforced a fresh tactic, forcing women to pay hefty fines for mal-veiling

According to reports, agents of the regime’s State Security Forces (SSF) and paramilitary Bassij Force stop women on streets and issue fines against them under the pretext of “mal-veiling.” In one instance (pictured), a woman was fined almost $22.(22500 Toman - Iranian Currency).
In another instance, a driver of a vehicle was asked to refer to the SSF headquarters for having a female passenger with insufficient veiling.Based on reports, 70 percent of Iranians live under poverty line and they earn only about one dollar per day.
The Judiciary has instructed judges and magistrate courts across the country to fully support the police operations aiming to crackdown on “bad hijabs” and all other symbols of social corruption, said Ebrahim Raisee, the deputy head of the Judiciary.

RAHANA – When asked about fines issued by some prosecutors for women with “bad hijab, Raisee said, “Hijab and chastity are the letter of the law and must be enforced without exception.”Raise went on to advise all Iranian women to be faithful to Islam adding that non Muslim women must also obey the law of the land. All the cultural resources of the country must be used to institutionalize the Islamic hijab, Raisee said.“The fact the certain prosecutors have issued monetary fines for women with “bad hijab” remain within their discretionary powers and such ruling are binding” said Raisee. He also advised the security forces to use all their power to deal with “bad hijabs”In recent days, reports have emerged that women with bad hijab will be fined. The amount of the fine varies based on the color of their nail polish or other makeup items, whether they were wearing their sunglasses on their heads at the time of their arrest, as well the color of their hair or highlights.
Tehran, Jun. 20 – Around 12:30 local time on Sunday, some 200 pro-democracy activists jeered and taunted police forces stationed under Hafez Bridge, near the prestigious Polytechnic (Amir Kabir) University, in Tehran. They chanted "death to the dictator" while moving west to College intersection

Iran Focus
Tehran, Jun. 20 - The leader of the Sunni dissident group Jundollah, Abdolmalek Rigi, was hanged at dawn on Sunday in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison, the Judiciary announced.
A court statement said since 2003 Jundollah had killed 154 members of the security forces and others and wounded 320.
It accused the group of having ties to the intelligence services of the U.S., Israel and several Arab states.
Despite Tehran's hyped-up claims that the Jundollah leader had been arrested after a sophisticated intelligence operation, observers say that he was handed over to Iran by Pakistani intelligence services in February.
Rigi's brother, Abdolhamid, was hanged on 24 May in Zahedan, provincial capital of Sistan-Baluchestan, after undergoing several months of interrogation and torture while in captivity