Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Iran: security

Tuesday is a man, named Jomeh Gomshadzehi hanged in the prison from Zahedan, Sistan-e-Baluchestan province.
He was convicted for drugstrafficking. According to IRNA he was arrested with 3,300 kilos (7,260 pounds) of opium, 84 kilos (185 pounds) heroin, 95 kilos (209 pounds) of morphine.
In Ihranshahr was a man, named Esmail Barani Piranvand hanged for posession of 2.5 kilos (5.5 pounds) of heroin.
Wednesdaymorning are in the cities Qom and Arak two men hanged in public.
The unidentified man in Qom had been arrested there for "child abuse and acts against morality" according to the website of statetelevision.
The man in Arak, Ahmad D was identified as a "thug" and a "rapist", according to IRNA.

According to IRNA the Iranian government is stepping up efforts to secure the release of the Japanese student Satoshi Nakamura.
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad Ali Hosseini, said on Sunday in a statement that Nakamura is still believed to be in the border area between Iran and Pakistan.

At least half a dozen Iranian students were arrested on Tuesday while taking part in a protest on the campus of Tehran’s Allameh University.
More then hundred students gathered to protest the recent government crackdown taking place inside Iranian universities, and also called on the authorities to free fellow students who had been arrested during the past several months.
Students from other universities were also participating.

An appellate court in Tehran has confirmed a five-year jail sentence against jailed union leader Mansur Osanloo on security charges.
The charges reportedly include "propaganda against the system and acting against national security."
The court also upheld a two-year prison sentence against another senior member of Osanloo's union, Ebrahim Madadi, for acting against Iran's national security.

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Iran: legal

Amnesty International asks for urgent action for Makwan Moloudzadeh,21 years, who is sentenced to death for lavat-e iqabi (anal sex) with a 13-year-old boy when he himself was 13.
Under Iranian law, children (boys of up to 14.7 years) are to be flogged for lavat ("homosexual acts"). The judge decided there was penetration and sentenced him to death.
His death sentence has been passed to the Office for the Implementation of Sentences and he is due to be executed in public, near his home.
He was arrested October 2006 in Paveh and sentenced to death in July 2007.

IRNA reported that Iranian police killed seven drugssmugglers in Khorassan Razavi near the Afghan border. They also captured seven men and seized 132kg of opium.
Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed in June to launch a joint crackdown on drug trafficking.

Prominent reformist cleric Hadi Ghabel was released against bail from $54,000 from jail in Qom today, after being imprisoned for more than a month on security-related charges.
There have been several sessions of his trial for the Special Court for the Clergy , they took place behind closed doors, and he was not given access to a lawyer.

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Iran: convicted

IRNA reported that two men were hanged in the city of Yazd Saturday. One man was hanged in prison in the town Ardekan. They were accused of drug trafficking.

The Syrian human rights organization Nohr-s told ALO that Iranian-Dutch Abdullah al Mansouri, president of Ahwaz Liberation Organization,
his vice-president Rasoul Mazrae and
Said Saki
who all three were extradited from Syria to Iran in May 2006,
were convicted to death by Iran.

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Iran: exchange

Farsnews reports that Iran made a drastic cut in gasoline imports through rationing and saved over $1.2 bln already in this Iranian year.
Hojjatollah Ghanimifard, international affairs director of the state-owned National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC),said that With this lower amount of imports, Iran expects to save about $3 billion over the whole year.

Saturday robbed three armed men a branch of Iran's Melli Bank in Tehran and took 72 mln Tomans away.They also wounded a security guard.
They fled away in a silver Samand and changed their license plate a few streets away from the bank. Police started investigations.
There are no reports of the condition of the wounded security guard.
He was transported to a nearby hospital.

All foreign airlines in Iran will from next week operate from the new but under-used airport outside the capital Tehran.
Gholam Hossein Baqerian, the managing director of Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA),30 km from Tehran, said that from November 4 foreign airlines would use this airport.
Until now most foreign airlines have continued to use the city-centre Mehrabad airport, in the future this will be used almost exclusively for domestic flights.

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Iran: both sides of the stage

Iranian women play rugby.
In 2002 Iran's Rugby Union was formed and has now grown to include over 1,000 players, both men and women.
The Tehran women team was set up in 2003 and a year after it won the national championship. Other teams in the country are from Golestan, Kerman, Kermanshah, Semnan, North Khorasan, Shiraz and Isfahan.
The coach from the female team, a man, says that the team's Islamic dress would make it impossible for them to play against sides from Western nations as "the long sleeves and loose clothes gives the opponents an easy chance to grab them."
In 1979, the year of the Islamic revolution when competitive sports for women were strongly discouraged, it would have been unthinkable for Iranian women to play a sport as physical as rugby.
Initially women mainly participated in stationary sports such as archery and shooting but now they compete in a wider range of physical activities including strength-based disciplines like rowing, martial arts and rugby.
Photo (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

The in Evinprison 209 detained Ahwazi Arab journalist
Mohammad Hassan Fallahiya
wrote a letter to EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana.
With this letter he asks him to review his case and to raise the issues of ethnic and religious persecution in Iran.
The letter was smuggled from Evin Prison and delivered to Solana by the Human Rights Activists in Iran group.
Fallahiya was a correspondent for the Iranian government-owned Al-Alam Arabic language satellite news network and has worked for a number of other news agencies.

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Iran: pressure

Sohrab Razaghi, head of the ngo Koneshgaran is October 24 arrested and transported to an unknown location.
Neither the reason for his detention nor the charges against him are clear at this point.
Officials have told Razaghi's family to follow up his case with the country's Islamic Revolutionary Court, which generally targets individuals suspected of acting against the country's leadership.
Sohrab Razaghi was professor of political science at Tehran's Allameh Tabatabai University before the presidency of Ahmadinejad.
October 14 is already another prominent rights activist, Emad Baghi arrested.
Shirin Ebadi Nobel Prize Winner, human rightslawyer and head of the Tehran-based Center of Human Rights Defenders, told that Baghi's arrest is the latest sign of mounting government pressure on civil society.

The new sanctions against Iran made by USA have the targets:

_ The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
_ Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics
_ Quds Force

Bank Saderat,
Bank Melli,
Bank Mellat,
These banks are used for financing terroristic organizations, the IGRC or nuclear facilities.

Khatam al-Anbya Construction Headquarters:
Oriental Oil Kish:
Ghorb Nooh
Sahel Consultant Engineering
Ghorb-e Karbala
Sepasad Engineering Co.
Omran Sahel
Hara Company
Gharargahe Sazandegi Ghaem

All these companies support or are a branch of IGRC or Qod Forces.

Gen. Hosein Salimi: Commander of the Air Force, IRGC
Brig. Gen. Morteza Rezaie: Deputy Commander of the IRGC
Vice Adm. Ali Akhbar Ahmadian: Chief of the IRGC Joint Staff
Brig. Gen. Mohammad Hejazi: Commander of the Bassij resistance force
Brig. Gen. Qasem Soleimani: Commander of the Quds Force
Ahmad Vahid Dastjerdi, head of Aerospace Industry Organization
Reza-Gholi Esmaeli, head of the Trade & International Affairs Dept., AIO
Bahmanyar Morteza Bahmanyar, head of the Finance & Budget Department, AIO

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Iran: price

In the prison from Isfahan is a man, named Mohammad A. hanged.
According to the daily Kayhan he killed a man and stole his car and cash worth 360 dollars.
The daily Iran reported that in Kazeroun a man, named Mehran is hanged in public. He killed 16-year-old Jaber some six years ago, and also killed the husband of a woman he then married.
Statetelevision reported that 3 men were hanged in the prison of Zahedan.
They were convicted of rape and kidnapping. No further information was given.
In Shiraz is a man, named Hamed hanged in public.
He shot the 16 year-old Razieh several times and then stabbed her 25 times.

Iran's caretaker oil minister Gholamhossein Nozari said Wednesday that the country increased its oilproduction and now produces 4,137 million barrels of crude oil per day.
He said that according to the basic calculations made in 2001 and due to a fall of the US dollar, the price of oil is in fact $50 per barrel.

Iran will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of oil next year.

Iran Daily writes that people feel more secure since the implementation of the Social Security Plan by the police.
The Social Security Plan is implemented in several stages, from the 'dress crackdown'to the 'moral crackdown'.
Under the plan, those who wear offensive outfits , and create insecurity for families will be given notification and then confronted if they repeat their anti-social action.
Deputy interior minister for councils and social affairs, Hojjatollah Ayyoubi, told IRNA that the latest surveys and figures indicate public satisfaction with the police plan.

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Iran: more is less

Iran is scheduled to start export of its latest model of home-manufactured Samand Soren sedan to 32 countries.
Fars Newsagency reported that 1,200 Soren sedans are scheduled to export to Azerbaijan, Belarus, Syria, Vietnam, Venezuela and China among other countries, within coming days.
The managing director from Iran-Khodro car manufacturing company also said that the company has planned to manufacture 8,000 Samand Soren sedans in the next five months.
Iran-Khodro has plans to export 600,000 cars with $10 billion worth by 2016.

The latest figures revealed that over 2.99 million Iranians are jobless.
The unemployment rate is higher among women, youth and the educated.
Figures released by Statistics Center suggest that close to 40.5 percent of the population in the working age group (10 years and above) were economically active during spring (March 21-June 21) this year.
The deputy governor of Central Bank of Iran’s Economic Studies Department,said that the target of the Fourth Five-Year Development Plan (2005-2010) is based on which unemployment should reach 8.4 percent by 2009.The unemployment rate stood at 12.1 percent in the first nine months of the year to March 2007.
Some 900,000 new jobs have been created annually by the government since 2005.
The latest figures released by the Statistics Center indicated that unemployment rate, for the first time in a decade, reached single-digit, 9.9%

The parliament has scheduled one trillion rials for maintaining security along Iran’s borders.
Mehrnews newsagency reported that police commander Brigadier General Hossein Zolfaqari, told reporters in Zanjan that 10 minor border disputes between the border guards of Iran and its neighboring countries were resolved last year.
He said that the main purpose of strengthening the border checkpoints is to fight drug trafficking, goods smuggling and the insurgents.
The number of police officers along border areas has increased by 150 percent and the number of radar equipment has also risen by 80 percent.
A total of 238 tons of narcotics was confiscated by police in the first half of the current Iranian year (started March 21)

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Iran: critics

Several hundred students protested Monday at Amir Kabir University against the jailing of Ehsan Mansouri, Majid Tavakoli and Ahmad Ghassaban.
ISNA reported that they chanted slogans and held short speeches in front of the main hall.
Also students of Sanati Sharif and Alameh Tabatabai university joined in.

October 18, the reformist journalist, cleric Mohammad Javad Akbarin, was reportedly detained at Tehran Airport.He was detained on the order of the Special Court for the Clergy before leaving Tehran for Beirut where he was due to continue his studies.
Yet hours later several websites reported that he was not detained but was being prevented from leaving the country.
A month ago another reformist cleric, Hadi Ghabel, was also jailed by the Special Court for the Clergy.
Both men are member of the party Mosharekat, or Iran's Islamic Participation Front. Ghabel has been detained already twice for criticizing Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
Some observers, say the latest arrests are an attempt to silence critics ahead of March 2008 parliamentary elections.

As part of the Hollywood Film Festival was a documentary shown, made by filmmaker Sara Bavar.
The documentary was also shown at the Cannes and Milan film festivals, and at film festivals in Philadelphia and Sacramento.
Last year Sara Bavar travelled to Iran to make this film.
The documentary is about life, wishes and thoughts of young people in Iran.The name of the documentary is 'Generation Tehran'.
70% of Iran's population is under 30 years of age.
The filmmaker told that getting permission to use a professional-style camera in Iran was difficult. She was given permission to only film the exterior of Tehran and couldn't actually do interviews.
The film shows Iran from a for Westerners unknown side.

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Iran: goal

In the city of Birjend, Khorassan Jonoubi province are 5 men hanged.
Newsagency Mehr said that they were charged with drugs smuggling.

The kidnappers of the Japanese student Satoshi Nakamura have moved him out of the country, probably to Pakistan.
Government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham said he was in good health, and that Japan now had to contact with Iran's neighboring countries to resolve the case.

Iran's police are to keep up their moral crackdown through the winter months.
Ahmad Roozbehani, the head of the moral security police, said that his forces would be targeting "inappropriate" behaviour by couples in public, be they married or not.
He did not give further details on the kind of behaviour, but any kind of intimate cuddling between couples in public, let alone kissing, is a social taboo in Iran.
The police would continue to focus on clothing and make-up.
The police chief said also that ski resorts in Iran -- which are often the scene of liberal behaviour and loose dress reviled by conservatives -- would also be targeted.

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Iran: spread

Saturday, a time bomb planted city of Ahwaz is deactivated.
The bomb was located in the toilettes of main market in Taleqani Square.
Any further information about the incident was not given.

The honey-production in the city Talesh, Gilan province will exceed 1700tons this year.
The town has 69300 colonies of honeybee and 577 bee growers.
Talesh ranks first of honeyproducers in Gilan-province.

The Ministry of Commerce is considering a proposal to send fruit to Saudi Arabia.
Each Iranian pilgrim spends 10 to 15 dollars on fruit and between 700,000 and 800,000 Iranian pilgrims visit Saudi Arabia for approximately a two-week stay each year. The Ministry will study the market for exporting fruit such as apples, tangerines, kiwi and oranges.
If the proposal by Saudi Arabia wins state support in Iran, exporters might also find a new market for various products such as meat and rice.

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Iran: united

October 18 three plain clothes agents who had covered their faces attempted in the city of Sanandaj in Kurdistan Province,to assassinate Mr. Majid Hamidi a labour activist in Sanandaj. Mr. Hamidi is a member of the Coordinating Committee to Form Workers’ Organization as well as a member of the Committee in Defence of Mahmoud Salehi.
Reports say that mr. Hamidi was shot by 7 bullets, in arm, shoulder and neck.
He was immediately transferred to Tehran for surgery. Mr. Hamidi is in a very critical condition at the moment.

Labour Unions all over the world called upon the Iranian government to release Mansour Osanloo who got imprisoned three months ago and is in section 209 Evin Prison ever since.
According to reports he is in danger to loose his sight in one eye. Up till now every medical help was him refused. started an online action asking people to write to the Iranian authorities.

The ITF launched a campaign-video:

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Iran: cause of death

Amnesty International has an urgent action PUBLIC AI Index: MDE 13/116/2007 UA 263/07 for Ali Mahin Torabi, 21 year who is sentenced to death for a murder committed when he was 16 years old.
On 3 February 2003, during a playgroundfight at school Mazdak Khodadian was stabbed and he died from loss of blood. Ali Mahin Torabi has repeatedly stated that he only realized that his schoolmate had been stabbed after he heard shouting from the crowds and that his blow was not
Branch 33 of the Public Court for the Investigation of Juvenile Crimes Offences in Karaj sentenced Ali Mahin Torabi to qesas (retribution) on 8 February 2003.
On 8 June 2004 there were reports that Branch 27 of the Supreme Court had
upheld the death sentence. However, new information later stated that the Head of the Judiciary, Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi had ordered that the case
be resolved through arbitration.
According to reports, Mazdak Khodadadian’s mother demanded payment of diyeh
(blood money) in order to pardon Ali Mahin Torabi. However her husband is
refusing this and is demanding that the execution be carried out.
Failing to reach an agreement between all the blood relatives of the victim, in this case
the parents, Ali Mahin Torabi remains at risk of execution.

An Iranian military helicopter crashed Thursday in the western province of Kermanshah bordering Iraq.
Both crewmembers died in the crash.
ISNA reported that so far no information is available on the cause of the crash.

Seven human skeletons dating back to the Stone Age have been discovered in the Galabar Dam region in Zanjan province.
The head of the excavation team said that the skeletons belong to children and babies and are some 6000 years old.They are undergoing anthropological examinations to uncover the cause of death.
An ancient fortress belonging to the Arsacid Dynasty from the 3rd century BC was also discovered on a hill.
Photo Press-TV

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.