Iranian judiciary slapped human rights activist, Navid Khanjani with 12 years in prison and a monetary fine for his journalistic activities, interviews with the foreign media and membership in Human Rights Reporters committee. Khanjani who is banned from pursuing higher education was also charged for “founding an organization for people banned from pursuing higher education.” » read more
Iran announced that it has arrested Israeli spies with links to Ron Arad foundation, an organization which offers rewards for information about Ron Arad, Israeli soldier missing in action.
“A significant number of people” linked to the Rod Arad website or “deceived by the site” have been identified and arrested, Iranian minister of intelligence Heydar Moslehi said. » read more
Kaveh Ghassemi, Iranian journalist and human rights activist was sentenced to five years in prison by Kermanshah Revolutionary Court. » read more
Zahra Bahrami, an Iranian-Dutch citizen, was executed in Tehran on Saturday Jan. 29. She had been arrested 13 months earlier, during massive protests against the presidential elections on the Day of Ashura, a Muslim Holy Day. That day — Dec. 27, 2009 — has became known as “Bloody Ashura” because so many protesters were killed, wounded and arrested. A leading Iranian human rights groups say this case, along with other recent executions, is provoking international activists to push back even harder against the Islamic Republic. » read more
Ahmadinejad’s choice of foreign minister was approved by a narrow margin in Iran’s parliament after his predecessor, Manouchehr Mottaki, was abruptly dismissed last month while he was on a diplomatic mission in Africa. » read more
Four individuals arrested in connection with the explosions in Chabahar last year in southwestern Iran were handed the death sentence by Zahedan Revolutionary court. » read more
The Netherlands froze diplomatic ties with Iran following the execution of Iranian-Dutch woman yesterday for drug charges after initially arresting her for participation in anti-government protests.
Uri Rosenthal, the Dutch foreign minister expressed profound shock regarding the hanging of the 46-year-old Zahra Bahrami calling it “an act committed by a barbarous regime,” AFP reports. » read more
Iranian opposition leader, MirHosein Mousavi says: “The starting point of what is going on in the streets of Tunisia, Sanaa, Cairo, Alexandria and Suez is the mass demonstrations of millions of Iranians in June of 2009 in Tehran.” » read more