Wednesday, January 30, 2008

30 January 2008
Commission suspends leading feminist magazine; journalist summoned, three
others acquitted over attendance at March 2007 demonstration
SOURCE: Reporters sans frontières (RSF), Paris
**New case and update to alerts on the Bani Yaghoub case of 16 April, 26,
12 and 8 March 2007; updates alerts on the Amini, Govarayee and the
Tahmassebi cases of 12 and 8 March 2007**
(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders condemns a decision by the
Commission for Press Authorisation and Surveillance on 28 January 2008 to
suspend the feminist monthly "Zanan" ("Women" in Farsi) for "publishing
information detrimental to society's psychological tranquillity."

The press freedom organisation is also concerned about a summons received
by Jila Bani Yaghoub of the daily "Sarmayeh"
on 23 January from a Tehran
revolutionary court in connection with a case for which she was arrested in
March 2007.
"The Commission for Press Authorisation and Surveillance is the judiciary's
right arm in its crusade against news media that stray from the official
line," Reporters Without Borders said. "It has been responsible for the
suspension of many publications which the courts subsequently close down
for good, often imprisoning their journalists. In Iran, the right to
information is still seen as a threat to national security."
The commission accused "Zanan" of "offering a sombre picture of the Islamic
Republic," "compromising its readers' mental health" and "publishing
morally questionable information." Editor Shahla Sherkat, who disputes the
legal validity of the charges, said she had not yet been officially
notified of the suspension
. Regarded as the country's leading feminist
it has been a forum for debating Iranian society's most
controversial topics since its creation 16 years ago.
Dozens of news outlets have been suspended by the commission since Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad became president. Deputy state prosecutor Nasser Saraji told
the official news agency ISNA in October 2007 that the commission had
suspended 42 publications and cancelled 24 licences since 2005. Other
newspapers have been temporarily or provisionally suspended by the courts.
Those suspended since October include "Krafto", "Ashati", "Arzesh",
"Bilmaj" and "Madareseh".
Yaghoub is being prosecuted for covering a women's demonstration on 4 March
2007, when she was arrested and held for three days. She is charged with
"participating in an illegal demonstration," "activity against national
security" and "publicity against the Islamic Republic."
Other journalists and cyber-feminists who attended the demonstration are
also still being prosecuted. But journalist and blogger Asieh Amini ( ), independent journalist Fatemeh Govarayee
and activist Susan Tahmassebi, the editor of the English-language version
of ( ) were acquitted on 21
For further information contact Hajar Smouni, RSF, 47, rue Vivienne, 75002
Paris, France, tel: +33 1 44 83 84 84, fax: +33 1 45 23 11 51, e-mail:, Internet:
The information contained in this update is the sole responsibility of RSF.
In citing this material for broadcast or publication, please credit RSF.

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News in brief-
The website of "Focus on Iranian Women"

970 political-social activists in an statement to Islamic Republic demanded for the immediate release of Ms. Leyla Heydari !
The statement says :
We demand for the release of all prisoners of conscience particularly the unconditional release of Ms. Leyla Heydari who was arrested when visited her imprisoned husband Mr. Behruz Safari ( one of the Azarbayejan activist). Up to now, Ms. Heydari has spent five months in the ward #209 in Evin prison.According to a report by HRW during this period she has been in cardiac arrest and migraine . She has also became unconscience two times during interrogation. Because of her health concern the doctors of the clinic inside the prison warned about her situation.

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Monday, January 28, 2008

News in brief-

Help stop deportation of an Iranian Atomic Energy Expert from Turkey to Iran!

An assylum seeker was arrested in Turkey !
Mr. Asghar Sadri is arrested in Turkey and there is a possibility of handing him to Iranian authority.
Akhbar-rooz reporting from Tabriz news :
Relatives of Engineer " Asghar Sadri " an Iranian refugee in Turkey are worried about the arrest and the possibility of deporting and handing him to Iranian authority.
According to the relatives , engineer " Asghar Sadri " is an atomic energy expert who left Iran on January 23, 2006 and attended in UNHCR office in Ankara-Turkey and filed application for refugee status .After 13 months waiting and living in the city of Qunieh -Turkey , he was successfuly accepted for a permanent residence in Canada.

Engineer Sadri is an atomic energy expert . He is 42 years of age and has two childeren.

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Parliamentary election going to take place in this coming March in Iran.Here is an article expressing a view pint.

Choice between the Lesser of Two Evils -

By: Mehrangiz Kar ,Ahuman rights advocate and a well known women rights activist.

It is widely thought that Iranians have accepted - at least in the political realm - that their ‎choices in the forthcoming parliamentary elections on March 14, 2008 are limited to ‎picking between the lesser of two evils. However, Iranian people are not satisfied with ‎this limited choice, and their silence should not be interpreted as a sign of their approval.‎
In the years following the victory of the Islamic Revolution (1979), two types of ‎ideologies have been active with respect to elections. One approves of people’s ‎participation in the controlled elections, while the other resists people’s participation in ‎these elections. The issue of boycotting elections has become a controversial one in ‎recent years, with heated discussions between opponents and proponents of a massive ‎boycott. ‎
A considerable size of eligible voters has consistently boycotted elections in the Islamic ‎Republic. However, the discussion over boycotts did not become public until the reform ‎movement began. On Friday, 2 Khordad of 1376 [the day of the 1997 presidential ‎elections], a huge majority of eligible Iranian voters undermined the boycott supporters ‎and unexpectedly cast their votes to reformist Mohammad Khatami. It was a great ‎victory for him, still more than 14 million eligible Iranians refused to vote onthat day! ‎
Immediately after taking office, Khatami realized the limitations facing him, particularly ‎when forming his cabinet. On the other hand, powerful conservative forces were ‎frightened by the prospect of mass public participation. Planning to halt national reforms ‎began and conservatives united in their opposition to the reform platform. They claimed ‎that reforms were a ploy to overthrow the regime through “legal mechanisms.” All those ‎who were interrogated as reformists know well how fearful intelligence officers were of ‎the reform movement, thinking that the movement is preparing for a soft, gradual ‎overthrow of the Islamic Republic. But no matter how much they tried, they were not ‎able to find a connection between this amazing phenomenon and foreign intelligence ‎services. ‎
Finally, the systematic suppression of reforms and the weakness of reformists themselves ‎led to the defeat of the reform movement. Some reformists blamed their conservative ‎opponents in the government for the failure of reforms, as if opponents of reforms were ‎the ones to advance the reformist agenda! Things got so bad that some decided never to ‎participate in elections. People were not able to achieve anything with their massive ‎participation in the 1997 elections. As a result, they distanced themselves from their ‎government more then before and focused on their personal lives. They still have not ‎reduced this distance under the backbreaking pressure of inflation, stress, and ‎unemployment. ‎
Now, the mismanagement of the Ahmadinejad Administration has given reformists new ‎hope to participate in a new election game, even if they face danger of losing. On the ‎other hand, the mismanagement of Ahmadinejad Administration has frightened the right-‎wingers and enticed them to look for solutions. Both sides, the one who knows it will ‎lose, and the other who knows it can achieve majority in the Majlis with the help of ‎Guardian Council’s disqualifications, have entered the game knowing the outcome. ‎
People, however, are convinced that their choice is between the lesser of two evils. The ‎problem is that they do not know which one is bad and which is worse. They only know ‎that the current administration has made things worse than they were. ‎
With the Guardian Council and the election law, no one hopes for free elections. ‎Furthermore, people do not know how to distinguish the bad from worse. ‎
In a situation where people do not know how candidates for the Majlis will put an end to ‎the shortcomings, many of them will participate in the election with the mentality that ‎their vote can at least help things not get worse than they are now. This kind of ‎participation, which many embark on unwillingly, is, of course, not a serious and active ‎participation. Also, one must not forget that obtaining the stamp on their birth certificates ‎is another enticement for many voters. The birth certificates that have been stamped, of ‎course, cannot change the country’s political landscape – but they have other advantages ‎for the voters.


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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Once again the rising crisis in the university!
Its been three days since last Friday Jan. 25th ,that the student protested at their dorm against the "poor quality of food" and other problems . Yesterday after the reaction by the university officials and the invasion of anti- riot police into the university campus the students protest entered into new stage.On Saturday evening More than 2000 students gathered in front of their dorm and started moving towards the enterance door of Tehran University and clashes has been reported between students and the riot-police. The students threatened the university officials to fulfill their demands and if not they will continue the protest every evening from 7-10 pm .
The crisis is rising in the Iranian society under the Islamic Republic.

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17 year old Mohammad Latif awaiting for gallows !IRAN WATCH CANADA previously have reported about this young man. He needs our support and help to stop this barbaric Islamic laws to take this young life away.

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News in brief-
Radio Zamaneh reporting from Etemad Newspaper

Ms. Jamileh Kadivar a former reformist MP has protested to the guardian council for denying her competency to the candidacy in the coming parliamentary election( in March).
In an article in Etemad Newspaper she wrote:
" I'm thinking what kind of policy has control over the country which reduces the people and humiliate them only to follow and to become obedience?"

She then added:" In this country , they arrest a young doctor in the city of Hamadan, two days later they give her lifeless body to her family . If someone protested , wrote an article and said something , does it mean that he/she has problem with Islam and the system and the Velayat Faghih ( the leader) ? sometimes later, they bury the lifeless body of a young man in a cemetery in the city of Sanandaj without the presence of his family and won't allow for exhumation and autopsy , if someone asked question why such a things is happening , is she/he have problem with Islam? "

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IWC : Is this shocking enough ,this is Islamic Republic of Iran.............

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

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news in brief-
Gooya news
Saturday Jan.26,2008

Legal persecution of Bahai social activists in the city of Shiraz !
The US foreign affairs demanded for the freedom of three Bahai citizen in Iran who have been sentenced to prison term by the court of revolution in the city of Shiraz and have been in prison for months. They have been charged for " national security breach against Iran" and " propaganda against the Islamic Republic system".
These three person were 54 member group of Bahai youth who had organized classes for tackeling with solving problems of subject matters and teaching living technics to childeren and teenagers of low income families.
But it seems that the officials in the Islamic Republic think that the aim of their activity as propaganda for the Bahai faith which is not recognized in Iran and its followers are deprived from many social rights.
The reports indicate that other members of the group are also awaiting for their trial.
These 54 people were arrested on Friday May the 19th , 2007. The Bahai International Society announced that in the past there never been arrest this much as a group.
It seems that Ms. Raha Sarvestani is the accused number one of the case and was sentenced to four years in prison by the court of revolution in the city of Shiraz.
Ms. Sarvestani said that, she and others are member of an NGO known as World Childeren Research institute which has been registered in the country and had the permit for activity and they had also permission from Shiraz city council to organize classes for the childeren of low income families therefore they are not an illegal group .
Since 2005 the number of Bahai who spent time in detention reach to 125 people said the representative from the office of the Bahai International Society in the UN. But it added that in recent years there was no report on execution of Bahai's.
The number of Bahai that have been executed or killed in Iran in the years after the revolution were around 200.
Ms. Raha Sarvestani said that, she spent 30 days in a Revolutionary Guards ( Sepah Pasdaran) detention centre and was interrogated and four time attended in a court and had defended herself because no lawyer wanted to take her case.

"The World Childeren research Institute" has its office in Tehran and has introduced itself in its website as an independent, professional and research organization which was established on 1994 by a group of professionals and its aim was to help for the developement of childeren in Iran. There are 300,000 Bahai's in Iran and this religion is originated from Iran and the city of Shiraz is the origin of the Bahai faith in the mid 19th century .

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News in brief
gooya news reporting from Radio Farda
Neusha Boghrati
Saturday Jan. 26,2008
Shireen Ebadi:
The death sentence for a child in Iran has been approved!

Mohammad Latif was 14 years old when in a street fight killed another teenager.
He says that he didn't commit a premeditated crime but the judge of the case think he deserve to death penalty.
Shireen Ebadi: "According to the criminal law in Iran , the penal age for boys is 15 years and for girls is 9 years of age.Ane this is ,if a child at this age commit a crime will receive same sentence as an adult 40 years of age.My client Mohamad Latif two years ago when he was not yet 15 years old is sentenced to death."
She said : Unfortunately the death penalty has been confirmed. "I have asked for appeal which has been rejected and at present the sentence for its final approval is in the hand of Ayatollah Shahrudi the head of the judiciary power."
She requested from him because of the situation of the case and because Iran is a country that have signed the international convention on the rights of the child to prevent the death of a child who was not even 15 when he commited the crime. She said the exact date for executing the death penalty is not known . She added: I have sent this file to Unicef and other international body to stop the proceeding.
At present many childeren under the age of 18 are on death row. Amnesty International has announced that in the past 17 years at least 24 childeren who were below 18 years of age has been executed in Iran.

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Thursday Jan. 24,2008
Mahmoud Salehi a labor activist in meeting with his wife:

The regime is planning to kill me!
Mr. Mahmoud Salehi a labor activist who is currently in prison, in a visitation by his wife told her that he is worried about the security of my life.
Mr. Salehi was recently transfered to the heart division of "Touhid Hospital " in the city of Sanandaj.
When his wife visited him recently , he told her that " The regime has a plan to kill me in the hospital."
Mr. Salehi has spent 8 years in prison for just speaking and defending the rights of labor in Iran.
He has lost one of his kidney and his other kidney is also deteriorating in Sanandaj city prison.

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Activists for Human Rights and Democracy in Iran:
The life of Doctor Seyed Mostafa Alavi the imprisoned researcher is in great danger !

According to the news from Gohardasht prison ( In the city of Karaj), Doctor Seyed Mostafa Alavi is a medical doctor ,founder of an association called the "Association of Iranian Experts" ,he is a researcher and writer was arrested with an order from "Hasan Zare Dehnavi " known as "Judge Hadad" and was transfered to the ward # 209 in Evin prison.He was captive for several months in this horrendous ward.In September Doctor Alavi was transfered to the ward number # 7 in Evin prison and after a while he was transfered to Gohardasht prison.This prison is one of the most worse prison in Tehran and its condition is medieval.

Doctor Alavi started his hunger strike from January 10,2008 and in a statement explained his reasons for the hunger strike which was published in media. These are the reasonsfor his hunger strike:
For not separating and classification of the prison
For preventing medical treatment
For illegal transfering of prisoners from prison to prison
For illegal transfering of prisoners from one ward to another
For the none existance and lack of security for prisoners life

Doctor Alavi is on the 13th days of his hunger strike. The hunger strike and his acute illness damaging his eye sight and his heart and kidney problems are on the rise. His activities are reduced due to this condition. On top of this; he his diabetic and has to use ansulin injection.From the day of the hunger strike ansulin hasn't been injected to him. The acute illness and hunger strike put the life of this researcher in great danger.

Mr. Alavi's rights to have visitors and any contact to his family by phone been banned by " Haj Kazem" the head of the "Gohardasht prison". Despite of his deteriorating health condition , he has been brought daily to the "security intelligence" for threat and interrogation by Ali Mohammadi the deputy to the head of the prison and Mr. Khadem ( security intelligence) and Mr. Torabi (the inspector general of the prison and the last chief of the ward #4 of the prison).

While the cold is on the ridse in the winter the prison officials disconnected the heating facility and the hot water. The windows glasses of the wards are broken and no one is trying to fix it. The food condition is deteriorating by quality and quantity. The prison officials have removed red and white meet, fish , fruits and vegetables from daily food and in recent days they have put ration on sugar cube and even bread.The policy of the prison official is this : If we the regime are going to be economic sanctioned , you the prisoners must pay the price first.

The Activists of Human Rights and Democracy in Iran request from all human rights organization around the world to help save the life of the political prisoners and particularly this researcher .

The Association of Iranian Experts was established in 2006 with the official licence from the Ministry of Interior yet one of Mr. Alavi's charge is the establishment of illegal organization. The members of this association are all the academic-scientific personalities.

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To all Human Rights organizations of the world and to the UNHRC
I can't become silent when i see the pain of the people of Iran and the families that have no one even the MP's dont listen to them. Daily physical and mental assualt on the families in Iran brings pain to the heart of every civilized people.Iran Watch Canada can report only a tiny portion of these vast violation of human rights in Iran. Here is another painful experience by a family:

Activists for Human Rights and Democracy in Iran:
A political prisoner on threshold of death !

According to the news Mr. Ali Asghar Nikbakht a 64 years old ,in the past has spent almost a year in "Golpayegan", "Bam" and "Isfahan" city prisons. During this period he has repeatedly been tortured. In the prison he was diagnosed with cancer , but the prison officials denied him medical attention until his illness worsened. Because of this situation, Mr. Nikbakht was allowed by the Ministry of Information to leave the prison temporarily for outside medical treatment.After leaving the prison , he attended to the hospital and was scheduled to undergo for three surgeries with the advice of doctors.While on his first surgery and the treatment for chimotherapy thereafter, his home was invaded by the agents from the Ministry of Information. A person by the name of "Badkhahi" the deputy to the head of the Ministry of Information in the city of Golpayegan lead the assault and Mr. Nikbakht was arrested again and first he was brought to the city jail and then the agents transfered him to the Isfahan city jail.

At present Mr. Nikbakht's health situation is very bad and the doctors have adviced his son Mr. Mohammad Nikbakht that because of high infection in his blood, he will be living only between 3-6 months.Currently he is in Isfahan prison and can't do his daily personal care and only with the help of his son and other prisoners he is able to maintain his daily care.

The Activists for Human Rights and Democracy in Iran condemn Mr. Nikbakht's arrest and imprisonment who is very ill and going to die in the prison. The AHRDI is requesting all human rights organizations to help save the life of Mr. Nikbakht.

Activists for Human Rights and Democracy in Iran.
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Thursday, January 24, 2008

News in brief-

Message from the family of Amiri Elyasi to the people of Iran
(Communique of the committee for the freedom of imprisoned students)

Recently an open letter from the family of Amiri Elyasi whose childeren are imprisoned since Dec. 3, 2007 was received by us.The letter is written to the people of Iran which read as follows:

Around 40 days have past since the arrest of several students of the universities in Tehran on the occasion of the Student Day of Action ( Shanzdah Azar = December 7 each year) which is known as a day of resistance against despotism and imperialism. Based on the length of their arrrest, illegality and maintaining in solitary confinement as well as not allowing the families to visit their loved one , the families are worried for the health of their childeren.The arrest of these students according to the Islamic Republic of Iran's constitution and ariticle 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ( that everyone has the rights to free expression ) and article 20 ( that everyone has the rights to form an association and to a peaceful gathering ) is illegal and can't be justified.
We, the families of these students have repeatedly attended to the court of revolution, Evin prison and Assembly of the Islamic Council , but until now we didn't receive any convincing answer about their arrest.
I, Hassan Amiri Elyasi the father of Keyvan Amiri one of the imprisoned student requesting from all the Iranian with their support prepare their immediate and unconditional release.Hoping that one day in this country no one goes to jail just because of their thought and expression.

With respect
Hassan Amiri Elyasi

Furthermore , at the end of this letter Ms. Akram Shahlaei the mother of Keyvan Elyasi wrote a few words to the leader of the Assembly of the Islamic Council Mr. Hadad Adel which reads :
Mr. Hadad Adel and members of the Assembly of the Islamic Council;
I would like to request from you to answre me that; based on what laws our childeren must spend 40 days in temporary detention under the mental torture?If there are laws in this regard, please show us, if there is none, then what is the role of the legislative Assembly? shoulden't you in the legislative Assembly or Judiciary power to stop the government to walk over the laws? If you can't stop them, then what all of you representatives are doing in the assembly which the people of Iran aren't aware?

From: Akram Shahlaei the mother of Keyvan Amiri Elyasi
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----- IFEX DIGEST 18-22 JANUARY 2008 -----
Recent headlines on freedom of expression collected from 81
non-governmental organisations that are members of the International
Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX), a global network that works to
defend and promote the right to freedom of expression.
----------MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA----------
Number of legal cases against journalists tripled in 2007 (BCHR)
Security forces prevent peaceful expression of criticism at rally, detain
journalists, seize freelancer's photographs (Human Rights Watch)
Al-Jazeera sentenced to heavy fine for "defamation" (RSF)
Editor of socialist newspaper target of arson attack (Maharat)
- IFEX-TMG condemns journalist Slim Boukhdir's imprisonment; calls for his
- Upholding of journalist's prison term a "political decision" by appeals
court, says RSF
- CPJ condemns appeal court's affirmation of prison sentence for journalist

Two women journalists critical of militarism targeted by nationalist
newspaper (BIANET)
- JOINT ACTION: On anniversary of journalist Hrant Dink's murder, two IFEX
members call for penal code reform (ARTICLE 19)
- IPA commemorates Dink; says likely Article 301 changes insufficient
Opposition MP and party chair face possible five-year prison sentence for
public speeches (Antenna-TR)

Journalist given six-year prison sentence on spurious charges, says IRFS

- Government lifts ban on Geo TV but forces it to remove some programmes
- IFJ welcomes president's offer to discuss media crisis as banned TV
channel back on air
Government criticisms of alert on expulsion case "ring hollow," says CPJ

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

This is the picture of Ebrahim Lotfolahi , the fourth year student at Noor University in the city of Sanandaj. The officials of the Islamic Republic arrested and detained him and later announced that he did commit suicide in prison.Recently cases like this brought worldwide protest against Islamic Republic.

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A young journalist from Afghanistan has been sentenced to death for
blasphemy, report Reporters Without Borders and local news sources.
Sayed Parwiz Kambakhsh, a 23-year-old journalism student and reporter for
the newspaper "Jahan-e Naw ("The New World"), was given the death sentence
on 22 January in a trial held behind closed doors and without any lawyers
defending him, RSF says.
Kambakhsh was arrested in October 2007 for distributing what officials say
was anti-Islamic literature. He gave friends an article that said the
Prophet Mohammed ignored women's rights. He was also accused of possessing
anti-Islamic books and starting un-Islamic debates in class.
Kambakhsh's brother, prominent journalist Sayed Yaqub Ibrahimi, works for
the Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) and has recently come under
attack for reports he had written criticising local officials and warlords.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Reporters Without Borders
(RSF), IWPR and Afghan sources say they fear that the charges against
Kambakhsh were a pretext meant to stop his brother from reporting.
Join an international appeal and send a message demanding Kambakhsh's
immediate release on
For more info on the case, visit these links:
- RSF:
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------ IFEX COMMUNIQUÉ VOL 17 NO 03 22 JANUARY 2008 ------
The "IFEX Communiqué" is the weekly newsletter of the International Freedom
of Expression eXchange (IFEX), a global network of 81 organisations working
to defend and promote the right to free expression. IFEX is managed by
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression ( ).

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Iran: Human Rights Crimes
An Iranian university student, Ebrahim Lotf Allahi was severely tortured and killed in Kurdistan. In addition Hasan Hikmet Demir, a Turkish national, who had frost damage to both his legs as a result of exposure to severe cold after his prison escape before his arrest by the Iranian Intelligence Ministry, was denied a lawyer and hanged in Iran. Despite the continues crimes committed by the Iranian regime, Trita Parsi and in Hassan Daioleslam's words the Iranian regime’s lobby in the United states continue to play Grand bargain card and buy time for the regime. Justin Elliott at Mother Jones writes: "Parsi has been arguing for a while that Iran is a rational, pragmatic actor in the Middle East, not an uncontainable rogue state on an unswerving path to nuclear holocaust, as the country is so often portrayed." One wonders why the president of the National Iranian American Council and a so called Iran expert and scholar finds the Iranian regime a rational and pragmatic one!

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From the blog of Sheema Kalbasi:
Three Turkmen have been killed and 300 have been arrested in Iran. Their families are not notified of their whereabouts. The 1,100,000 Turkmen are a major ethnic group in Iran.
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Friday, January 18, 2008

For Immediate Release
Iran: Investigate Detention Deaths
Two Alleged Prison Suicides Raise Suspicion
(Washington, DC, January 19, 2008) – Iranian authorities should investigate the sudden deaths of two people while in custody in northwestern Iran, Human Rights Watch said today.
Ebrahim Lotfallahi, 27, died in the detention center in Sanandaj sometime between January 9 and January 15. Zahra Bani-Ameri, a 27-year-old female physician, died in October while in custody in the town of Hamedan. In both cases, officials claimed the cause of death was suicide.
“The sudden death in detention of two apparently healthy young people is extremely alarming,” said Joe Stork, Middle East deputy director at Human Rights Watch. “The government only heightens our concern by quickly dismissing them as suicides.”
Security forces arrested Lotfallahi on January 6, 2008 as he was leaving the Sanandaj campus of Payam Noor University. Lotfallahi’s family does not know what charges, if any, the authorities had brought against him. Three days after his arrest, Lotfallahi’s family visited him in the Sanandaj detention center. His brother told Human Rights Watch that Lotfallahi was in good spirits and seemed fine at the time of the visit.
On January 15, officials from the detention center contacted Lotfallahi’s parents and informed them that they had buried their son in a local cemetery. The officials claimed that Lotfallahi had committed suicide in his cell.
The family told Human Rights Watch that they plan to ask the authorities to exhume the body for a forensic determination of the cause of death.
The death in custody of Bani-Ameri also occurred under suspicious circumstances. On October 12, 2007, police and security forces arrested Bani-Ameri and her fiancé in a public park in the city of Hamedan on charges of having an “illegal relationship.” According to Iran’s Islamic Penal Code, “immoral” relationships between men and women who are not married may be subject to criminal punishment.
On the following day, prison officials informed Bani-Ameri’s family that she had committed suicide in her cell. In statements at the time to the Iranian press, Bani-Ameri’s brother claimed that she had seemed fine during telephone conversations he had with her, including a call 30 minutes before the time of her reported death.
Iranian Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi is representing the Bani-Ameri family in their lawsuit against the officials responsible for her arrest and detention.
“These two young lives were extinguished in circumstances that make the official explanation implausible and cry out for accountability,” said Stork. “The Iranian authorities must take credible steps to determine what actually happened and hold accountable any officials responsible for these two deaths.”
United Nations Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-Legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions provide that there shall be “thorough, prompt and impartial investigation” of all suspected cases of unlawful killing, including where complaints by relatives suggest unnatural death. The principles state that if the “body has been buried and it later appears that an investigation is required, the body shall be promptly and competently exhumed for an autopsy [which] shall be available to those conducting the autopsy for a sufficient amount of time to enable a thorough investigation to be carried out. … In order to ensure objective results, those conducting the autopsy must be able to function impartially and independently of any potentially implicated persons or organizations or entities.” The principles also state that families of the deceased and their legal representatives shall have access to all information relevant to the investigation, and have the right to insist that a medical representative be present at the autopsy.
Previously, Human Rights Watch has documented and raised concern about the abuse and torture of detainees in Iran. Two reports, “You Can Detain Anyone for Anything” ( and “Like the Dead in Their Coffins” ( documented the mistreatment of dissidents and perceived critics of the government in detention centers. In August 2006, Human Rights Watch expressed alarm over reports of past torture and suspicious death in custody of student activist Akbar Mohammadi ( In December 2006, Human Rights Watch called on Iran’s Judiciary to investigate the arbitrary detention and alleged torture of bloggers arrested in 2004 (

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News in brief-

Collective Human Rights Activists in Iran:
According to the reports from " Rejaie Shahr " prison, Mr. Behruz Javid Tehrani in protest to the political prisoners situation, sew his lips and joined to the hunger strike of other political prisoners and in a statement he announced:

To the welfare of the nation of Iran
I, Behruz Javid Tehrani in protest to the complicated situation of Mr. Mehrdad Lohrasbi, Mr. Seyed Mostafa Alavi , Mr. Khaled Hardani and Mr. Babak Dadbakhsh and the worsening condition of other political prisoners start the hunger strike from Jan. 15/2008 .

In recent days the situation of political prisoners in "Gohardasht prison" in the city of Karaj has been deteriorated and the prison officials increased the pressure on political prisoners by cutting off the heating system, not paying attention on adequate medical and hygene care and increasing the threats on political prisoners through criminal prisoners.

Also, during the past days,some prisoners of the ward number five of the " Gohardasht prison" in protest to the worsening condition of the prison gave slogans.

At present two political prisoner Mr. Babak Dadbakhsh and Mr. Behruz Javid Tehrani by sewing their lips started their hunger strike . Also, Doctor Mostafa Alavi and Mr. Mehrdad Lohrasbi are in hunger strike.

The "Collective Human Rights Activists in Iran" are worried about the health situation of political prisoners of this prison and call all human rights organizations of the world to react about the worsening situation of political prisoners in Iran.

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

News in brief-
Jan.17/ 08
In the office of the Ministry of Information in the city of Sanandaj (Kurdistan of Iran):
A student has been killed under the torture !
According to the news received from Kurdistan, On Wednesday night , Mr. Ebrahim Lotfolahi , student of the "Payame Nour University" has been killed under the torture conducted by the interrogators from the Ministry of Information in the city of Sanandaj.
According to the reports, after leaving the exam on Sunday Jan. 6,2008 ,Mr. Lotfolahi was arrested by the order of the division number three of Sanandaj city prosecutor's office and was transfered to the office of the Ministry of Information in the city of Sanandaj.His family members were successful visiting him last Wednesday .Despite of repeated attempt by the family for knowing his whereabout, the prison officials kept quiet and also didn't provide any reason for the arrest.
Based on the report, the person in charge of the interrogation from the Ministry of Information in the city of Sanandaj was a person with the name of Mehdi Mola-vali with the alias as " Hatefi". Mola-Vali is the deputy of the person in charge of the Information Ministry in the city of Sanandaj. He is also the person in charge of appointing people for the Ministry in Kurdistan.
This morning when the killing of this student was reported in the city of Sanandaj and in "Payame Nour University", the situation become tense and the plain cloths agents were stationed in different parts of the city of Sanandaj.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

News in brief-
Nine more students have been arrested in Tehran!
Based on the news received , Mr. Morteza Eslahchi, Ms. Anahita Hossaini, Mr. soroush Sabet , Mr. Mohammad pourabdolah , Ms. Sanaz Alahyari, Mr. Amin Ghazaei, Mr. Bijan Sabagh , Mr. Soroush Dashtestani and Ms. Bita Samimizad are the nine students of Tehran University who have been arrested the other night in Tehran.It seemed the number of those arrested be more than the nine people. There are no news about these students and no news on their whereabout.The calculated guess is that these students are detained in Evin prison.
The families of these students announced that : " their childrens didn't return home since yesterday afternoon and their cell phones are not responding" and they are worried about their childerens.
It has been said that the number of students arrested reached to 60 students.
In the past on December 2 and 7 around 30 students activist belong to the marxist group were arrested by the agents of the Ministry of Information and were transfered to the ward number 209 in Evin prison.

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Free Fouad Al Farhan!
Hands off blogger in Saudi Arabia!
Middle East can no longer stay the old way, Change is imminent. Undemocratic States like Saudi Arabia will vanish if resist the new trends.
Saudi Arabian King and other undemocratic ( Almost all) must bring the reform or face the struggle by new generation for democracy .
IRAN WATCH CANADA support the bloggers and Free Expression around the world as well as Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia added yet another accolade to its freedom of speech record by
arresting its first blogger. Fouad Al Farhan, considered by many as being the dean of Saudi bloggers for being among the first to blog in his country using his real name, has been arrested in Jeddah. No further news is available for the reasons for his detention.
The Arab Blogger's Observatory announced the arrest as
Searching for freedom, dignity, justice, equality, public participation, and all the rest of lost Islamic values, and for Raghad and Khetab.
Saudi blogger Fouad Al Farhan has reportedly been arrested, according to Bloggers Observatory. He was taken into custody at his office in the city of Jiddah on December 11.
Here is the translation of the Bloggers Observatory post, courtesy of Tharwa.
Saudi blogger, Fouad Al-Farhan was arrested on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 following a raid on his office by Saudi authorities who did not give any reason for his arrest.
Fuad is considered one of the first Saudi bloggers to use their real name when posting. He dedicated his blog to a frank discussion of the various social and national issues, in a true embodiment of the slogan of his blog: "in search of freedom, dignity, justice, equality, consultation, and the rest of lost Islamic values… for Raghad and Khattab."
The authorities are believed to be dismayed with Fouad for his support of the "Ten," the ten Saudi academics who were arrested earlier this year for their alleged involvement in funding terrorism, albeit the charges have yet to verified.
Fouad has been previously harassed by unknown official parties and was forced to shut down his blog between February and June 2007.
A group has arisen to agitate for his release, Free Fouad.
The rest of the story and updates below the fold.
Update: CPJ writes that Fouad was called before his arrest by a representative of the Saudi Interior Department and told that he’d be apprehended and questioned several weeks from that time. He sent an email to friends, that the CPJ quotes.
"The issue that caused all of this is because I wrote about the political prisoners here in Saudi Arabia and they think I’m running an online campaign promoting their issue," al-Farhan wrote in the e-mail, which is currently posted on his blog. He wrote that the agent promised to detain him for only a short period if he agreed to sign a letter of apology. "I am not sure if I am ready to do that. Apology for what?" he asked in the e-mail, adding that he does not want "to be forgotten in jail."
Update: Menassat links to an archive of Fouad’s previous blog, which he was forced to shut down by the Saudi police last year.
Update: There is a Free Fouad group on Facebook and an entry on Wikipedia. The first mainstream media organ, PC World, finally picked up the story and now the Washington Post (who licenses PC World’s content) has published it, as well as the Guardian have it. Considering news cycles, the story is likely to trail off after a week or two unless measures are taken to keep the story alive.
Update: Arab News (via Mideast Youth) reported that the Saudi Interior Ministry has confirmed Fouad’s detention.
Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, the spokesperson for the ministry, said Al-Farhan was being held for "interrogation for violating non-security regulations."
Further details on the reasons for the detention weren’t disclosed and the ministry spokesperson would not say if the interrogation had anything to do with Farhan’s web journal.
Update: Blogger for Freedom points us to a petition for Fouad’s freedom. Only 362 people have signed it, so please visit and add your name. Your letter will be sent to the following people.
* Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister* Adel Al-Jubair, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the US* Nicholas Burns, US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs* Ford Fraker, US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
Update: A Day of Blog Silence to Protest the Imprisonment of Blogger Fouad Alfarhan has been planned for Sunday, January 6. Download a banner to post on that day.
Update: According to UPI (via EarthTimes), Fouad was allowed a visitor today (January 6).
A relative has been allowed to visit a Saudi blogger jailed nearly a month ago on unspecified charges.
Fouad Al-Farhan was seen by his father-in-law Saturday at the Dahban Prison in Jeddah where he has been locked up for the past 27 days, Arab News reported Sunday.
Al-Fahran, 32, runs a blog focused on Saudi politics; however, it was not yet known if his arrest had anything to do with the online discussions.
Saudi law allows detainees to be barred from contact with family members, although some human rights activists say Al-Farhan should be allowed to see a lawyer.
A friend told Arab New Al-Farhan was in good spirits when he met with his in-law, but hadn’t been told why he is being held and faces a daily 15-minute round of questioning.

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Monday, January 14, 2008

Tuesday Jan. 15,2008
By : Saman Rasoulpour
Yaser Goli's brother after her mother's arrest:
They took away my mom by car
The other day security agents in the city of Sanandaj ( Kurdish city)arrested Ms. Fatemeh Goftari the mother of Yaser Goli the imprisoned student and brought her to detention centre.
Amar Goli the son of Fatemeh Goftari was with his mom when she was arrested. Amar in speaking with Rooz said:
"Yesterday my mom was arrested, my father was also detained a few weeks ago for a week and my brother Yaser is also in prison for four months now."
Amar Goli himself a student in the city of Orumieh , who have recently returned to the city of Sanandaj explained how her mother Ms. Fatemeh Goftari was arrested:
" We were all in the house at 11:00AM when telephone rang, i took the receiver, it was the agent from the Ministry of Information, a person by the name of Hatefi, I recognized his voice, because he was always calling us, so he seemed like a member of the family to us, the caller said: Give the receiver to your mom, i wan na talk to her , my mom talked to him, he told to my mom: come quick to the reporting headquarter and receive some of Yaser's belonging, me and my mom started going to ward the headquarter, we had a bit of distance to the headquarter when suddenly a car ( Pejo -green color) with three passenger stopped in front of us, the passengers came out and arrested my mom and took her away by force with the car,they had an order which was signed by the division number 4 of the court of revolution, and astonished , i just watch their action "
This is the daily story of hundreds or may be thousands of Iranian women and men , students, teachers, workers , minorities, journalists, writers, human rights advocates , women activists , lawyers, film makers and.........This is real drama in Iran.

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Focus on Middle East
People in the region call for reform in the political structure
For civil society, liberty, human rights
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From Cairo, Arab reaction to Bush visit
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Sunday, January 13, 2008

In memory of Ahmad Ashour Pour the Iranian singer who has died this morning.
Ashour Pour was from Northern Iran and loved his people , his country and all of his life struggled for democracy , peace and social justice.
Ashurpour's pictures and writing in Persian:
یادداشت و عکس های یوسف علیخانی از عاشورپورClick on it
More music :
جینگه جینگه جان:احمد آشورپور Jinge Jinge Jan and Nakon Naz,
نکن ناز : احمد آشورپور

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Global warming: What's next after Bali
Peter Victor on Bali, binding targets and carbon trading (1 of 3) view

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Wednesday Jan. 9,2008
ISNA -Iran's Student News Agency

According to ISNA on Wednesday Jan.9,2008 after the government cabinet meeting, the Minister of Information Mr. Gholamhossain Ejeei attended among the reporters and said:
About dealing with different group of Marxists students who have recently become active in several universities, these people have been identified and their major elements are arrested and their case file is under review.
In this meeting, he also warned those who have classified documents and by publishing wanted to agitate and disturb the public.He said these people's action is wrong and they must be stopped.

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The students are under torture in Evin prison!

The freedom and equality loving students of the universities in Iran have released a statement and reported of the continuous torture in Evin prison. It has been reported that the students in Iran are worried about more than 30 imprisoned students who are in special security units. These units do not have any communication with the outside world and even it is out of the sight and reach of the Evin prison officials. The political prisoners enter into these special units and without any supervision they go under severe physical, sexual and mental pressure.

The freedom and equality loving students of universities in Iran in a statement reported about torture of students in wards number 209 and 325 in Evin prison. They have reported:

Despite the release of few left wing student activists in cities, yet there are more than 30 of our colleagues in Evin prison and are in solitary confinement in Tehran.

In the 30 years political life span of the Islamic Republic, we have witnessed many people with dissent thoughts , opinions and speech were sentenced to long prison term without any subpoena or sentencing and many of these prisoners never been released and were executed.

Many of those political dissidents who were able to escape to other countries and came alive from these prison’s , in many ways , many times in the form of speech , article , book , film and commemoration events ......have explained about the tortures of themselves or their colleagues in the Islamic Republic's prisons, particularly the horrendous Evin prison.

In recent years the two oppression arm of the Islamic Republic by name the Ministry of Information and the Information of the Guardian Corps of Revolution (Sepah Pasdaran), both supervise a ward in Evin prison which they have separated and control exclusively by themselves without any supervision. The ward number 209 in Evin prison is under the supervision of Ministry of Information and the ward number 325 is under the control of the Information of Guardian Corps…
The labor activists, student activists, political and social activists based on a lottery or division on responsibility of these two security agencies, without any subpoena from Justice Ministry, in street, workplace, home and recently in universities, have faced with sudden attack by the plain cloths agents and after handcuff and blind fold were transferred to one of these arbitrary wards.
For a long time the families, friends, lawyers and the colleagues of the detainees do not know were the prisoner is. Only if the detainees friends report to media about their arrest, that is the time when the detainee make a contact to his/her family to report that: “I’m fine mentally and physically and the prison condition is fine.“
It is only after the release of political prisoners from prison, when a few angles of the horrendous condition of the ward number 209 and 325 comes to light and it is then we can understand what has really went on to the socio-political activists.
Many of freedom and equality loving students were kidnapped in Tehran University and detained on Dec.3 and 4 before student protest on the occasion of Student Day( Dec. 7) .Those who have been arrested on Dec.3,2007 were the organizers of the student protest and those arrested on Dec. 4 were the participants and supporters of the detained students. The first group, were generally attacked by unknown and plain cloths agents and the 2nd group were kidnapped or arrested by sudden attack of the regime’s security forces inside the university or in the streets around the university . The shocking point is that; the home of many well known left wing students was searched by the security forces while they had order from ministry of Information and public prosecutor’s office, but after three weeks the regime denies any information about these students and there is no news about them.

Regretfully, until now, Mr. Saeed Habibi, Mr. Behruz Karimizadeh, Mr.Majid Ashraf Nejad, Mr. Yaser Pirhayati, Mr. Payman Piran and Mr. Mehdi Grailu, the outstanding left wing student forces and members of the radical student for equality and freedom didn’t make any call to their families and the regime is also denying of arresting them and having news about them.

All of the students are banned from their families visiting them. All of the detained students are banned for having lawyer. The lawyers are banned to attend in interrogation sessions. The judiciary and security officials don’t allow the prisoners sign the lawyer-client consent form. All of the detained students are banned for making call to their families. Few of the detained students who were able to phone home and talk with their families were cut short.

To all equality and freedom loving people of the world, to all conscientious people,
The Marxist students of Iran are very worried about the situation of more than 30 of their colleagues who are captive in the wards of the special security forces of Iran. These wards don’t have any communication with outside world and even it is out of the sight of the main Evin prison officials. The political prisoners get into these wards and with the lack of supervision, undergo with severe mental, physical and sexual interrogation for “imparting the information”, “self-accusation”, “breaking the alleged accused”, “false confession”, and “case making”.

While the political prisoners are seated on steel or wooden chair and facing the wall, they are forced to answer the oral or written questions of the interrogators, and these interrogations will continue for several hours and without any break. If the political prisoners won’t cooperate with these interrogators or resist on “self -accusation “will enter into the “black hours”.
The interrogators begins insulting, particularly to all family members, specially they use the most indecent sexual insult to female members of the family of prisoners, the insult together with continued threats and normal punches to the neck and shoulders follows with torture at night.

According to the interrogators, next step starts with those who are the “guard breaker” who have special expertise in beating the prisoners . The prisoners for torture are going to be transferred from the interrogation room to the basement, generator room or special backyard. The voice of the “ guard breakers “are always loud. Rain of insult and threats begins. They ask the prisoner continuously to seat and to stand and the prisoner must choose one between the following their order or receiving punches. At this situation the “ guard breaker “ continuous speaking about the sickness of father or mother , hearth attack of mother upon hearing about detention of her son , having an order from the judge to torture, long time imprisonment and others. As soon as the seating and standing becomes slow, the rain of punching and kicking will force the prisoner to continue the order. Slowly the prisoner becomes weak, tired and feel numbness at his/her foot joints and it is at this point a new stage of pressure by “ guard breakers” start. They order the prisoner to stand on his on foot, for not following the order means continuous punch to the stomach and slaps. Standing on one foot makes the prisoners increases the weakness to the point where it becomes hard to stand on one foot. The “guard breaker “based on experience can quickly recognize this situation. The hitting begins from behind with the external sharp edge of the foot to the knee joints. Every hitting bends the whole knees and destroys the balance and sharp pain begins in the feet. After a few such hitting and then the hitting with the sharp edge of the hand to the neck starts. Punches that falls between the two shoulder blades and on spinal column make the eye sight blurred. The prisoner many times fall in this situation but the “ guard breaker” pour cold water on the prisoner keeping him awake.
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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Sobhesadegh Newspaper, the Weekly political,cultural and social newspaper of " Sepah Pasdaran" ( the Gurdian Corps of the Islamic Republic), has a report that i didn't want you to miss reading it. The title of this report, a quote from the leader of the Islamic Republic reads as: "Rumors mongering media in West about the violation of human rights in Iran."
According to the report, the leader of the Islamic Republic called "the rumors mongering as one of the style of the media in the West" .
Mr. khameneei also called propaganda of the west about "the lack of democracy in Iran as another political pressure of the west for weakening the self-confidence of the nation of Iran."
Mr. Khameneei added the negative propaganda of the west about women issue in Iran as another lever of political pressure on nation of Iran. He pointed out that women's rights are being violated in Western liberal democracy. He said : "These rumors mongering doesn't have effect inside Iran ."
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Mr. Khameneei may call the violation of human rights inside Iran as "rumors of the West". In western democracy women choose what to wear and what not to ( unlike Iran enforcing dress code for Iranian women). In Western democracy there are thousands of women judges ( unlike in Iran Ms. Sheerin Ebadi loses her position as judge and is demoted to secretary of the court).In Western democracy women can become president, prime minister , foreign minister, parliamentary speaker or leader ( what about in Islamic Republic's parliament, there are only few silent women).In Western democracy women have same rights as men in divorce, for equality , for custody of child ( on this issue has even more right than men) , for inheritance. In Western democracy women are not going to be stoned to death because of having affair with another man and many more rights ................
Mr. Khameneei can't fool the people of Iran any more. Technology won't allow that.

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News in brief-
Tuesday January 8,2008
Gooya news
Human Rights Advocates in Iran: Mr. Abolfazl Abedini Nasr, journalist in Khuzestan province is sentenced to one year imprisonment!
According to a news , on Monday division number three of the court of revolution sentenced Mr. Abolfazl Abedini Nasr, a journalist from Khuzestan province to one year imprisonment.
Mr. Abedini was working as economic reporter for " Bahar " newspaper in Khuzestan. He is arrested in connection to covering the workers strike of sugar cane factory in " Haft Tapeh" . He is sentenced to one year imprisonment which would follow as six months jail term and the other six months as suspended sentence.
He is charged with : "propaganda against the system" and " publication of lies" .
"The Human Rights Advocate in Iran" condemn the oppression over journalists and calls the human rights organizations attention to the violation of human rights in Iran.
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