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November 2010

Tehran prosecutor accuses media of spreading doubt in murder case

 Tehran Prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi discussed the imminent execution of Shahla Jahed and the recent failed highjacking of an Iranian flight at a press conference today.
According to ISNA, Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi confirmed that the death sentence of Shahla Jahed will be carried out tomorrow and went on to accuse some websites of creating doubt regarding her case. » read more

Shahla Jahed to be hanged in Tehran tomorrow

 Lawyer of Shahla Jahed, an Iranian woman sentenced to death for committing murder, announced that his client will be hanged tomorrow morning.
According to Iranian media, Abdolsamad Korramshahi, Jahed’s lawyer announced that he has been given an official statement from the court confirming the date of execution. He added that the family of Shahla Jahed and a number of other groups and individuals are still trying to obtain the consent of the victim’s family to forego Jahed’s execution. » read more

Ahmadinejad dismisses Wikileaks documents

 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told an international press conference that Wikileaks documents are" worthless" and “lack legitimacy.”
Ahmadinejad opined that the Wikileaks documents are part of a mischievous game and will have no effect on Iran's international relations. He added: " We do not give any legal credence to these documents and regard it as a worthless game.”
Wikileaks has recently published a series of documents revealing the US has turned down requests from Israel and Iran’s Arab neighbours to go head with a military attack on Iran. » read more

Detained Iranian lawyer denounces mistreatment in prison

Nasrin Sotoudeh, detained Iranian lawyer challenged the state in her trial by speaking out against being “mistreated” by prison officials.
Reza Khandan, husband of Sotoudeh told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that his wife has told the court that the “greatest pressure” on her is being kept in solitary confinement. » read more

Assassination attempts against two Iranian professors

 Two bomb explosions in Tehran took the life of one university professor and injured another.
Iranian media report that between the hours of 7 and 8 am, two assassination attempts were carried out against the lives of Majid Shahriyari and Fereydoon Abbasi, two Shahid Beheshti University professors.

The Green Wave screens in Berlin festival

The Green Wave by Ali Samadi Ahadi will be screened at Around the World in 14 Films Festival in Berlin.

The Green Wave combines animation with films recorded by Iranian citizens on their cell phones during the street protests in order to visualize the events that followed the controversial re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009 which protesters claim was fraudulent. » read more

Basij chief says Iran threatened by sedition

Head of Iran’s Basij militia warned that he believes “more complex seditious activities” are on the way against the Islamic Republic.He added: “To reach their aims, they even organized the sedition of 2009 and fed 80 satellites with Persian language programs and used the collaboration of well-known figures to deceive the nation, but they failed.” » read more

Iran says Gambia under US pressure


Following Gambia’s announcement that they have severed all ties with Iran, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of Iran's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission blamed US pressures for the Gambian reaction. » read more


Mana Neyestani

On Boycotting Philosophy Congress in Iran

Translator's Note: On November 10, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) canceled plans to hold its annual Congress for World Philosophy Day in Tehran. The Iranian government now claims that it will hold the event without UNESCO sponsorship. This congress, which was scheduled to be held on November 21-22, had been boycotted by a number of international philosophy scholars, including Jurgen Habermas. In addition, a group of Iranian philosophy scholars inside Iran and abroad had issued a Persian language "Call for Boycotting the Show Congress for World Philosophy in Tehran." Below are excerpts from an interview with Mohammad Reza Nikfar, an Iranian philosopher in Germany who was one of the signatories of this statement. This interview was conducted by Hossein Azarnoush of Radio Zamaneh on October 31, 2010. -- Frieda Afary » read more


Mana Neyestani

UN resolution on human rights violations approved

The Third Committee of the United Nation has approved a draft resolution condemning the Islamic Republic for human rights violations.
Reuters reports that General Assembly’s Third Committee, which is also referred to as the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee, passed the resolution 80-44 with 57 abstaining last night in New York. » read more

Iranian journalist detained in undetermined state

Azam Afsharian, mother of detained Iranian journalist Nazanin Khosravani, reports grave concern regarding the well-being of her daughter in Tehran’s Evin Prison.
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reports that Azam Afsharian has informed them that the intervals between her daughter’s phone calls from prison are stretching longer and she is concerned that something may have happened to her. » read more

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