Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Iran: further again

Thursday, June 25, Mohammad Mostafaei, lawyer for at least 20 minors on the death row was arrested.
The pro-democracy movement also says that Abdolfattah Soltani is arrested.
The spokesman of Iran Human Rights, said that UN should ask Iranian authorities to immediately release all those arrested and send a special envoy to Iran in order to guarantee their safety".
source: iranhr.net

June 25 is Mojtaba Mohammadi, who is studying Financial Management, at the Noor-Tuba university in Tehran, arrested by security agents and brought to an undisclosed location.
He protested against unfair treatment of the students by the University officials and was suspended from university.
June 28, Hashem Khastar, member of the Teachers Union had been transferred to the isolationward of Mashhad prison.
He was accused of opening his house to various student groups and organizations representing Iran's eastern universities.
He says that it is the Teacher's Union's duty and responsibility to provide all legal student organizations with the means to meet and continue with their activities.
Ebrahim Goodarzvand-Chagini, a minor who is sentenced to death for a murder he committed when he was 16-years-old, wrote a letter to human rights organizations appealing to help him.
The murder was committed during a fight in front of his uncles store, where he worked.
source: hra-iran.net

The soap-like foam substance produced by algae in the Persian Gulf, also called "red tide" is retreating.The effect is the result of an algal bloom, Cochlodinium polykrikoides, which is caused by the warm temperature of the water.
The effect of excessive algae on fish can be lethal.Last year the algae was to blame for 45 tons of dead fish, the damage inflicted on the Persian Gulf is estimated to be close to 500 million dollars.
source: Press TV

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.
Poster amnesty.nl

Monday, June 29, 2009

Iran: trade and traffic

Reporters without Borders asks in an article what is happening in Evinprison in Tehran.
A list of 700 names posted at the entrance to Evin jail is incomplete.Families are systematically refused the right to see their disappeared loves ones.
There is fear that torture and ill-treatment are being systematically inflicted on prisoners who have demonstrated against the regime.
In other cities is happening the same at the prisons.
Amanolah Shojai and Mashalah Hidarzadeh, both arrested June 16 in Bushehr are released June 25.
Since June 20 there is no news of Ali Mazroui, president of the Association of Iranian journalists.
14 June 2009:
Cyber-dissident Somaieh Tohidlou (http://smto.ir) , Ahmad Zeydabadi, Kivan Samimi Behbani, Abdolreza Tajik, Mahssa Amrabadi, Behzad Basho, cartoonist, Khalil Mir Asharafi, Iranian television producer.
Karim Arghandeh, journalist for reformist newspapers Salam, Vaghieh etafaghieh, and blogger (http://www.futurama.ir/). Shiva Nazar Ahari, cyber-dissident and human rights activist ( blog: http://azadiezan.blogspot.com).

15 June 2009:
Mohamad Atryanfar, editor of Hamshary, Shargh, Shahrv and Emrouz, reportedly taken to security ward in Evenprison· Saïd Hajarian, former editor of Sobh-e-Emrouz, was arrested by the security forces overnight on 15-16 June at his Tehran home despite the fact that he is handicapped.
Mojtaba Pormohssen, journalist on several reformist papers, contributor to radio Zamaneh and editor of the newspaper Gilan Emroz, was arrested in Rashat.

16 June 2009:
Mohammad Ali Abtahi, aka “Mullah blogger“, blog: http://www.webneveshteha.com/ arrested in Tehran.
Mrs Hamideh Mahhozi, arrested in Bushehr, Hossin Shkohi, journalist for weekly Paygam Jonob, arrested in Bushehr· Fariborez Srosh, freelance journalist reportedly arrested the same day. Imprisoned in the past because of his work with Radio farda (Radio Free Europe).

17 June 2009:
Saide Lylaz, financial specialist and journalist at newspaper Sarmayeh. Rohollah Shassavar, journalist in Mashhad.

18 June 2009:
Mohammad Ghochani, editor of newspaper Etemad Meli, owned by Mehdi Karoubi.

20 June 2009:
Still no news of Ali Mazroui· Bahaman Ahamadi Amoee and his wife Jila Baniyaghoob Winner in 2009 of the Courage in Journalism prize, awarded by International Women’s Media Foundation, Jila Baniyaghoob is head of feminist news website Canon Zeman Irani (http://irwomen.net).
Mehdi Zabouli, journalist and photographer at newspaper Hamshahri.

21 June 2009:
Correspondent for Newsweek, Maziar Bahari.

22 June:
Mostafa Ghavnlo Ghajar, contributor to several newspapers. His blog: http://www.ghajar.ir/.
Iason Athanasiadis, Greek-British journalist at Washington Times ·
25 staffmembers and journalists of Kalemeh Sabz arrested, including editor, Alireza Behshtipour Shirazi
source: RSF

End of last week is Greek-British Iason Atyanasiaeis aka Jason Fowden arrested on Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran on charges of “underground activities”.
He worked in Iran since 2004 and has contributed articles and photographs to The Guardian, the Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph, and GlobalPost.
His parents appealed for his release today insisting that their son was not a spy.
source: timesonline.co.uk

Five of nine arrested employees of the Brotish consulate in Tehran were released. Four others will remain in custody, while an investigation continues.
source: CNN

An Iranian Navy warship patrolling the Gulf of Aden has managed to save the Iranian oiltanker "Hadi" from Somali pirates.
Iran has six warships dispatched to the Gulf of Aden to join international efforts to create a defensive front against piracy in the key shipping-lanes off the coast of Somalia.
source: PressTV

Iran has planned to open a permanent gallery of Persian art in Paris to introduce Iranian history, culture and art to European nations.
Also contemporary art will be exhibited.
The Iranian officials hope the gallery will be opened next month.
Calligraphy, miniature, painting, handicrafts and pottery will all be included in the gallery.
source: PressTV

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.
Poster amnesty.nl

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Iran: do, did, done

Filmdirector Bahman Farmanara wrote in an open letter to his friends that even if this means he makes no more films, he can not be silent by ignoring the bloody death of NEDA on the streets of Tehran.
He believes in what Shakespeare says that "A coward dies a thousand times before his death. The valiant never tastes death but once."
Among other things he writes that it is paramount that he does not dance to any Official Tune, because at the age of 68, it is not very honorable.
He ends with a quotation from a poem by esteemed poet SIMIN BEHBAHANI which ironically was written in 1973, six years before the Islamic Revolution.

"Where Silver rules, Gold becomes God,
Where Lie can be the judge and jury in every case,
Where the air, the air we breathe, the air sustaining life,
becomes the muffling blanket on the voices of hundreds…"

He hopes for the day that the sounds of freedom and social justice ring throughout the ancient homeland, and they can sing the hymn "Oh, Iran!" together, with this belief that the country is a blessed one.
source: Payvand

Newspaper The Guardian writes that the powerstruggle in Iran is moving from the streets to the heart of the regime.

Fars newsagency reported that eight local employees of British Embassy are detained for an alleged role in postelection protests, but gave no further details.
source: nytimes.com

Global Voices Online reports that the website gerdab, (which means ‘vortex')and belongs to The Information Center of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for Investigating Organized Crime, shows images of 20 people with red circles drawn around their faces claiming without evidence that they have been involved in creating “chaos” in Tehran.
Citizens are invited to identify the people on the photos.
Some Islamist bloggers have republished the photos.
Some supporters of the protest movement have themselves published several photos of Iranian security forces and in particular suspected undercoveragents asking citizens to help identify them.
Often, identifications made in this way, are faulty. It would not be the first time that a photo has led to trouble or imprisonment.
source: GlobalVoicesOnline

GlobalVoicesOnline has a special chronological coverage page on the Iranian Elections 2009.

Unconfirmed list of dead, imprisoned or missing persons in Iran

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.
Poster amnesty.nl

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Iran: unknown

Iran Human Rights reports that hardline newspaper Kayhan (fa) reports that the person who took the film showing Neda Agha Soltan being killed by a bullet has been arrested and confessed participation in planning the shooting at Neda.
Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of Iran Human Rights said that arrested pro-democracy demonstrators in Iran could be in danger of torture, forced confessions and possibly execution.
He also said these constructed TV-confessions will be used by the government of Iran to intimidate those who are sending pictures and reports of the demonstrations to the international media.
He emphasized that several hundred detainees are in risk of torture, forced confessions and execution, and he asked the world community and UN to intervene and guarantee the safety and humane treatment of those who were arrested.
source: iranhr.net

Amnesty International has urged Iran to release dozens of journalists arrested since 12 June and who are at risk of torture in detention.
Dozens of journalists, some who also campaigned for either Mir Hossein Mousavi or Mehdi Karroubi, have been detained in the past fortnight with their whereabouts mostly unknown.
Around 20 of 25 employees of the newspaper Kalameh Sabz arrested at their office in Haft Tir Square on 22 June are still detained and their whereabouts remain unknown.
The newspaper established by presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, has not been published since 14 June.
Since the announcement on 13 June that President Ahmadinejad had won the election, Iran has imposed severe restrictions on freedom of expression.
Internet access has been blocked or significantly interrupted. Iranian publications have been banned from publishing information about the unrest. Foreign news journalists have been banned from the streets, and some foreign reporters have been expelled from the country.
source: Amnesty International

Green brief 10

Here a few names of bloggers who are arrested and no news about them.
These are "tweets":

http://twitpic.com/8i0ke -There is no news from Mohammadali Abtahi,Blogger & Reformist politician who was arrested last days.#prisoners

http://twitpic.com/8hvgb - There is no news from Ahmad Zeydabadi, journalist who was arrested last days #Iranelection #Prisoners

http://twitpic.com/8huw2 - There isno news from Somaye Tohidloo Active civil & blogger whowas arrested last days #Iranelection #Prisoners

http://twitpic.com/8hwat - There is bad news from Saeed Hajariyan, Reformist politician who was arrested last days.

no news from Shiva Nazarahari, activity human rights & blogger who was arrested #iranelection #Iran

AFP reports that Iranian officials have seized documents and computers from an office of Executives of Construction Party in Tehran that backed Mir Hossein Mousavi.
Campaign manager Ghorban Behzadian-Nejad has also been detained since Wednesday.
source: AFP

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.
Poster amnesty.nl

Friday, June 26, 2009

Iran: questions

The blog Inside Iran writes a statement of a group of Iranian bloggers.
In this statement they condemn the violent and repressive confrontation of Iranian government against Iranian people’s legitimate and peaceful demonstrations.
They ask the government to comply with Article 27 of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Constitution, which says that "public gatherings and marches may be freely held, provided arms are not carried and that they are not detrimental to the fundamental principles of Islam."
They consider the violations and their consequences in the presidential elections, a big blow to the democratic principles of the Islamic Republic regime and noticing the mounting evidence of fraud presented by the candidates and others, they believe that election fraud is obvious and they ask for a new election.
Actions such as deporting foreign reporters, arresting local journalists, censorship and misrepresenting the facts of the news, cutting off the SMS network and filtering of the internet cannot silence the voices of Iranian people as no darkness and suffocation can go on forever.
They ask the Iranian government to honest and friendly interaction with its people and they hope to witness the narrowing of the huge gap between people and the government.
source: Inside Iran

In Global Voices Online writes that blogger Saminejad writes (fa) about bloggers Ali Kalayi and Shiva Nazar Ahari who are arrested and since then no more is known as that Ali Kalayi is transported to Evinprison.
source: Global Voices Online

Here you find the Green brief no. 9 which reports yesterdays events.
source: whyweprotest.net

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.
Poster amnesty.nl

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Iran: written

Here links to newssites which reported about the situation in Iran.
The reports are about the increasing violence an pression from the government in Iran towards the people.


LAtimes, , condemning violence.
AFP, The wife of Mousavi compares Iranian state with martial law and asks to release arrested protestors.
NYTimes about crackdown in Tehran.
Philadelphia Inquirer. women's role in opposition movement.
CNN a group of clerics joins protests.
Timesonline Notorious Saeed Mortazavi is appointed as interrogator for Tehran. He gained notoriety for his role in the death of a Canadian-Iranian photographer during her detention in 2003.
Trendnews MPs 'snub' Ahmadinejad poll party.


PressTV, Iran uncovers plots in presidential election
PressTV, Iranian Sports Committee rejects reports of a ban on four Iranian football players for wearing green wrist bands.


Iran Watch CanadaVarious posts about Iran .
liveblog Huffingtonpost

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.
Poster amnesty.nl

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Iran: further

BBC writes on her website in a roundup of events that it seems to be quiet in Tehran.
Conservative candidate Mohsen Rezai has withdrawn his complaints about the poll, "in the interests of Iran's national security".
Opposition supporters have called for a day of mourning for those killed during the protests.
source: BBC

The Iranian Health Ministry on Monday confirmed the detection of the first swine flu case (A H1N1) in the country at a girl, returning from USA.
The ministry advised Iranians to avoid unnecessary trips to Mexico, Canada, the Philippines, Thailand, Britain and Germany where the rates of swine flue cases are high.
Iran is the 84th country which reported swine flu (A H1N1).
source: iran-daily.com

Four footballplayers who wore green wristbands during a match against South Korea last week, Ali Karimi, 31, Mehdi Mahdavikia, 32, Hosein Ka'abi, 24 en Vahid Hashemian, 32 are "retired" as player for the national soccerteam.
Six players initially wore a wristband. Mahdavika wore his (green) captainsband the whole game, the other players obeyed instructions to remove the armwear at half-time.
source: guardian.co.uk

The "green brief no. 7" is published. In this are as accurate as possible, events in real-time written.
The site will be update regularly, so refresh.
source: twitter

International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran published a list with 240 names of people in Iran who are detained or killed after June 12.
Among them are 102 political figures, 23 journalists, 79 university students, and 7 university facultymembers who are still in detention.
source: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.
Poster amnesty.nl

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Iran: incorrect

The picture, originally showed on the internet of the girl Neda that was shot by Basij on Sunday, is according to BBC Persian not a picture of the real Neda.
The real picture can be found here and here.
source: guardian.co.uk

Amnesty International urges Iran to stop using Basij militia against demonstrators.
Basij is a voluntary paramilitary group of men and women under the control of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).
Its members are found in schools, universities, state and private institutions, factories, and even among tribes.
Basij forces are widely used to help to maintain law and order and repress dissent, and have frequently been accused of using extreme brutality.
source: amnesty international

Guardian Council rules out the possibility of nullifying the country's June 12 Presidential election, saying there has been no record of any major irregularity.
They also denied accusations that polling stations had closed before all voters could cast their ballots.
According to the spokesman of the Guardian Council some polling stations balloting had continued up past the official 10 p.m. deadline.
Between July 26 and August 19 president Ahmadinejad will be sworn in and the new cabinet will be announced.
source: PressTV

Nearly 250 Members of the Women’s Movement signed a statement condemning the violence and humiliation that has continued to be perpetrated against Iranian women and men in recent years and which is aimed at repressing them.
They emphasize the continued commitment to achieve the demands of the women’s rights movement, and express their solidarity with those who protest the results of this election.
They demand that those arrested in recent days be released without condition .
source: Change for equality.

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.
Poster amnesty.nl

Monday, June 22, 2009

Iran: numbers

Various petitions can be signed for Iran:
a petition to UN and

a petition to prosecute ayatollah Khamenei for the International Court of Justice.

One of many photoseries on Flickr.

De International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reports that many wounded demonstrators are arrested in the hospitals.Saturday police and Basij attacked demonstrators violently with batons and using water cannons and tear gas injured hundreds.
There have been unconfirmed reports of several deaths.
source: iranhumanrights.org

Iranian statemedia reported 457 people were arrested Saturday.
source: BBC

Reporters without Borders reported 23 journalists and bloggers were arrested last week.

BBC reported on her website in a backgroundstory why the election seems suspicious.
Less than 24 hours after polls closed, Ahmadinejad was called the winner with 63% of the votes. This was also in so-called pro-Mousavi areas.
Monitors from the opposite campaign teams, who by law are allowed to oversee every polling station, were issued with invalid ID cards or refused entry.
One third of the ballot boxes were mobile and transported from place to place, a 10-fold increase in the number of mobile polling stations.
Iran is a big country, yet they began announcing the results within four hours.
The article ends with a conclusion that it maybe never is cleared what the real results are and who won, but the people has lost her faith in the political system of a balanced religious leadership and the will of the people.
source: BBC

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.
Poster amnesty.nl

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Iran: the dead

According to sources in Iran more than 19 people were shot dead and several dozens wounded by the shots fired at the demonstrators.
Some reports say that snipers shot people at the lower parts of the body and those wounded were taken away in basij vans to undisclosed locations.
There also have been protest demonstrations in other Iranian cities such as Shiraz and Isfahan.
Human Rights Activists in Iran reported that the phone lines of Tehran’s Evin prison were cut off while many of those arrested were transferred to this prison.
source: iranhr.net

BBC reports that state TV says that at least 10 people were killed and more than 100 wounded when police clashed in Tehran on Saturday. Also two petrol stations and a mosque were set on fire. Earlier television mentioned 13 deads, but this figure was then reduced.
The reports cannot be verified as foreign media in Iran are being severely restricted.
Minister Mottaki accused UK and other foreign countries for interfering in the presidential poll. state TV said members of the exiled opposition group Mujahideen Khalq Organisation (MKO) had been arrested for "terrorist activities" and have been accused been burning buses and smashing public property - and had been taking orders from their operation room in the UK.
source: BBC

On the mid-east-youth blog is a blogpost of Omid T, named A brief history from the views of an outsider regarding Iran, nukes and human rights.

Yesterday, Neda a 16-year-old girl was shot while walking on the street with her father.
The shocking video was seen around the world. youtube
The blog iranrevolution writes a post about this.

The blog Irannews shows pictures and slideshows of recent days.

On the blog from LAtimes it says that Sunday showed a quiet beginning.

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.
Poster amnesty.nl

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Iran: a week

Youtube shows a video of the voices in Tehran who shout in the dark at night.

source: youtube

BBC video of shootings in Tehran.
Youtube video

Global Voices Online reports that Somayeh Tohidloo, a female reformist blogger is arrested. It seems that her blog is no longer accessible.
Mojtaba Saminejad, human rights activist and blogger in Iran reports that various bloggers are arrested.
Shiva Nazar Ahari, a female blogger and human rightsactivist, Mehesa Amarabadi, female blogger and journalist,Karim Argandehpour,blogger and journalist and Amad Baharvar are arrested. So far there is no information about the charges against them.
source: globalvoicesonline/org.

Payvandshows the English translation of a blogpost(fa) on balatarin.com from a blogger who is going to the rally today.
He writes that he maybe will belong to the people who loose their live today.He tells about things he wants to do, his study which is nearly completed, the farewell he wishes his family and friends.
He writes these sentences for the next generation, so they know that they did everything one could to create a better future for them.
The complete enlish text is here.
source: payvand.com

Human Rights Watch calls on the Iranian government to stop the crackdown against every oppositional activity.
Since the elections June 12, hundreds of people were arrested, among them prominent reformist politicians, intellectuals, students and journalists
Reliable sources report that following June 12 reformist politicians were arrested, including Mohammad Reza Khatami, member of the Central Committee of the the Islamic Iran Participation Front and the brother of former President Mohammad Khatami;
Behzad Nabavi
, founding member of the reformist Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution Party; Mohsen Mirdamadi, secretary-general of the Islamic Iran Participation Front; Mostafa Tajzadeh, a leading strategist in the Islamic Iran Participation Front and former deputy interior minister; and Shaeed Shariati, a member of the Central Committee of the Islamic Iran Participation Front.
Also Taghi Rahmani, Reza Alijani, and Hoda Saberi were arrested, but were released within 48 hours.
June 16, were Saeed Hajjarian,Mohammad Ali Abtahi,Abdolfattah Soltani arrested.
June 17, Ebrahim Yazd was arrested in the hospital but later returned from Evin prison under guard.
Saeed Laylaz,economist, journalist and critical of Ahmadinejad was arrested June 17, at his home.
Also arrested are Abdollah Ramezanzadeh, and members of Islamic Iran Participation Front,Bagher Oskouiee, Amir Mardani, Mohsen Aminzadeh,Mohammad Atrianfar,Mohammad Tavasoli.
It is also reported that other members of the Karroubi campaign staff have also been arrested in Tehran and Tabriz.
Dozens of other arrests of lesser-known activists, students, and politicians have been reported to Human Rights Watch.
Official media reported that seven people were killed in Tehran.
Basij forces invaded dormitories at Tehran Amir Kabir University on June 14,
There have also been reports of violent attacks in the towns of Shiraz, Isfahan, Tabriz, Bandar Abbas, and Mashhad.
There are reported sightings of armed Basij members attacking people.
There is reported banning of the foreign and domestic media from reporting on unauthorized protests and rallies, intimidating bloggers, and seeking to block websites that have been a vital tool for the opposition movement.
Journalists are not allowed to report on unauthorized opposition protests and rallies without permission from the ministry, which has not been granted.
Two major opposition dailies, Hayat e No and Aftab e Yazd, are banned, stating this was because of their prominent coverage of the peaceful opposition protests.
Mohammad Atryanfar the publisher of a number of opposition newspapers including Hamshary, Shargh, and Shahrvand Emrouz, was detained on June 15 and remains in detention.
source: hrw.org

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.
Poster amnesty.nl

Friday, June 19, 2009

Iran: Friday

Supreme Leader Khamenei did this morning at Fridays prayers say that the elections were valid.
He also said complaints must be dealt with in legal ways.
He called this weeks demonstrations rigged by foreign countries.
Thousands of people were in Tehrans university, including Ahmadinejad. He said 11 million votes cannot be forged.
source: nytimes.com

Google added Persian language to its translationservice.
Google says this helps in the communications between people to and from Iran.
source: Reuters

Some blogs about the elections are:

live-blog Huffington Post,
live blog The Guardian uk

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.
Poster amnesty.nl

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Iran: opposite

Iran Human Rights reports that according to reliable sources in Iran, a 10 years old girl was killed under the clashes of the demonstration in Tehran. The incident took place in the Vanak area of Tehran.
Human Rights Activists in Iran report that at least 32 people have been killed since Saturday.
After foreign journalists had to leave Iran, Iranian authorities have put further restrictions on all means of communication. It has been reported that police has been going from house to house seizing satelite dishes.
source: iranhr.net

Global Voices Online reports that The Guardian writes that the revolutionary guard announced via state media that Iranian websites and bloggers must remove any materials that “create tension”, or else they would face legal action.
Also Global Voice Online has an article about Islamist bloggers(fa) who explain why they believe Ahmadinejad won, and the opposition leader, Mir Hussein Mousavi lost.
Before the election took place, more then 100 bloggers publicly declared their support for Ahmadinejad.
source: Global Voices Online

Human Rights Activists in Iran reports that June 16th 22 political activists were arrested.
Security agents arrested and mistreated the whole staff of a campaign office for reformists.
The next day they were released on bail and if any of the staff is seen on the streets in any capacity, they would go to prison.
source: hrairan.org

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.
Poster amnesty.nl