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February 2011

Iranian opposition webiste says leaders in Tehran prison

Iran's opposition leaders have been arrested and taken to Heshmatieh Prison in Tehran, Kaleme website reported today. » read more

A success story

Iran confirms steps against opposition leaders

The Iranian judiciary confirmed taking steps against opposition leaders MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, a judiciary spokesman said today emphasizing further steps will be taken whenever necessary. » read more

EU considering sanctions against 80 Iranian officials

The European Union is considering imposing sanctions on 80 Iranian officials involved in human rights violations, the International Campaign for Human Rights reports. » read more

Iranian opposition leader and wife taken to unknown location

Iran’s opposition websites report that Mehdi Karroubi and his wife have been taken to an unknown location by Islamic Republic security forces.

Jaras writes that the opposition leader and his wife were taken from their home Friday night, and their fate remains unclear. » read more

Iranian opposition figures called back to prison

Government critics Mohammad Nourizad and Abdollah Ramazanzadeh have been recalled back to the Islamic Republic prison after having been released on bail. » read more

Senior cleric condemns treatment of Iranian opposition leaders

Ayatollah Dastgheib, a senior member of the Iranian clergy and representative of Fars province in the Assembly of Experts, is calling for the Iranian opposition leaders to be released from house arrest.

Kaleme website reports that in an open letter, Ayatollah Dastgheib has described the treatment of MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi as contrary to constitutional and Islamic law. » read more


Mana Neyestani

Former president calls for release of Iranian opposition leaders

Mohammad Khatami former Iranian president spoke out today against the house arrest of opposition leaders MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, and condemned the “destructive measures” taken against them. » read more

Iranian Supreme Leader urged to hold talks with opposition leaders

Ahmad Montazeri, the son of the late dissident Iranian cleric Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri, is urging the Iranian Surpeme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei to begin a dialogue with the opposition leaders. » read more

Conservative lawmaker wants Iranian opposition leaders on TV

MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi must be given a chance to speak for themselves on national television, conservative Iranian lawmaker Ali Motahari said today. The two opposition leaders have been under house arrest for the past two weeks. » read more

Iranian opposition proposes new date for demonstrations

The Iranian opposition has announced new plans for street protests, which are now set for March 1 at 5PM, from Emam Hossein to Azadi Square in Tehran. » read more

Iran says opposition leaders not under house arrest

The head of the Iranian parliament's National Security Commission denies that opposition leaders are under house arrest, saying they are just being "escorted" by government security forces. » read more

Intelligence minister denies extent of Iranian popular protests

The Iranian intelligence minister has announced the arrest of two people in connection with the February 14 protests and insisted that only a handful of protesters had taken to the streets that day. » read more

Situation of Iranian opposition leaders cause for grave concern

The children of Iranian opposition leaders have issued separate letters expressing grave concerns regarding the well-being of their parents. » read more

Iranian opposition proposes "strikes and civil resistance"

The Iranian opposition laid out its demands today, threatening to go beyond street protests and support strikes, boycotts and civil resistance to achieve its goals. » read more

Security measures stepped up in Tehran

Iranian opposition websites report that security forces have been deployed in all the main squares and central areas of Tehran, as the minister of intelligence prepares to make a television announcement regarding recent developments in the country. » read more

Iran hits reformists with more arrests

Two members of the Iranian reformist party Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution were arrested today, two days after the party issued a statement warning against extremism and government extremists. » read more

Bloody Notes

Mana Neyestani

Iranian youth demand release of opposition leaders

The youth of Iran’s reformist parties announced today that if the Islamic Republic authorities do not release opposition leaders MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi from house arrest, they will take to the streets on March 2. » read more

More US sanctions against Iranian officials

The U.S. has slapped two more Iranian officials with sanctions to protest human rights violations in Iran.

Commander Mohammadreza Naqdi, the head of the Revolutionary Corps’ Basij Forces, and Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi have been added to the U.S. Treasury blacklist. Any American assets they have will be frozen, and both men are forbidden from carrying out any transactions in the U.S. They are also barred from receiving a visa to travel to the U.S. » read more

Iran tightens security measures around opposition leader

Iranian security forces have completely occupied the residential complex where opposition leader Mehdi Karrobi and his wife Fatemeh Karroubi have their home. » read more

Iranian reformists warn against extremism

An Iranian reformist group has warned the Green Movement “not to fall prey to radicalism and the violence that the extremist government autocrats are after.” » read more


Mana Neyestani

Intelligence minister claims "assassins" of man killed in Tehran protests identified

Iran’s intelligence minister announced today that authorities have identified the two people responsible for the “assassination” of Saneh Jaleh, the student killed during the February 14 street demonstrations. » read more

Family of moderate cleric attacked in Iran

Two pro-government plainclothes agents attacked two of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani’s children at a funeral service in Shahr-e Rey, the Islamic Republic of Iran newspaper reports. » read more

Iranian hardliners want oppositon leader defrocked

One day after the attack on Mehdi Karroubi’s home, Iranian parliament reports that the Special Court for the Clergy is considering an order to defrock the opposition leader. » read more

Ebadi says Iranian government responsible for protester deaths

Shirin Ebadi, the Iranian Nobel Peace laureate and head of Iran’s Human Rights Defenders Centre, has added her voice to those who say Saleh Jaleh and Mohammad Mokhtari were killed by government forces during the February 14 protests in Tehran, contradicting government claims that the two students were killed by dissidents. » read more

Islamic Republic arrests son of opposition leader

Last night Ali Karroubi, son of Iranian opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi was arrested while security forces raided the home of senior Karroubi who has been under house arrest for over a week and confiscated a series of books and documents. » read more

Opposition says security forces killed student in Shiraz

Opposition websites are reporting that another student was killed during Sunday’s street protests in Shiraz, but the semi-official FARS news agency says a car accident caused his death.

Daneshjoo news, an opposition website that focuses on student activities, has reported that Hamed Normohammadi, a Shiraz University environmental studies major, was killed on Sunday “while trying to escape security and Basij forces.” » read more

La La Lullaby

Mana Neyestani

Iranian establishment eyes elimination of moderate cleric

Moderate cleric, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani will be eliminated from the Assembly of Experts in the next elections, an aide to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards announced. » read more

Iranian opposition demands release of Mousavi and Karroubi

The Iranian opposition announced today that a "firm demand of the Green Movement" is that the government end the strict house arrest imposed on the movement's leaders, MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. » read more

Iranian opposition leader attacked with sound grenades

Last night the home of Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi was targeted with sound grenades, Saham News reports. » read more

Widespread arrest of protesters all across Iran

Iranian opposition and human rights groups report widespread arrest of protesters in yesterday’s street gatherings in Tehran and other major cities. » read more

Iranian opposition commends people's presence on tough day of protests

 Iranian protesters closed a tough day of protests with shouts of "Allah-o-Akbar" from their rooftops in various parts of Tehran. » read more

Iranian protesters reportedly shot at by security forces

A protester has been shot and killed at 7th Tir Square in central Tehran, according to several eyewitness reports on opposition websites. The news comes amid reports that protesters are gathering in several parts of the city, responding to the opposition’s call to rally in commemoration of the two people killed during protests last Monday. » read more

Iranian state news agency warns against armed confrontations

Fars news agency linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has issued reports claiming that "monafeghin and seditionists" are planning armed confrontations against the Islamic Republic regime today. » read more

Iranian protesters begin gathering despite heavy security presence

Opposition websites report that people are beginning to gather and chant slogans in some sections of Tehran on the date the oppositon has called a protest rally in commemoration of the two people killed in the last oppostion street demonstrations on Monday. » read more

Iranian government braces for opposition rally

Security and plainclothes forces of the Islamic Republic have been deployed all across Tehran Sunday, the day the opposition had called a rally to commemorate the two men killed during the protests of February 14. » read more

Detained Iranian lawyer under renewed pressure

Reza Khandan, the husband of detained Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, reported that the Islamic Republic judiciary has renewed pressures on his wife and family. » read more

Home of Iranian opposition leader sealed with iron bars

At the threshold of the next proposed anti-government demonstrations, security forces have begun sealing the entrance of the MirHosein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard’s home with an iron gate. » read more

Iranian MP criticizes punishment of oppositon leaders without trial

A conservative Iranian MP has criticized hardline cleric Ahmad Jannati for recommending the imprisonment of opposition leaders in their homes, saying a legitimate trial is necessary before one can pass judgment and issue punishments. » read more

Detained Germans released in Iran upon payment of fines

Two detained German journalists who had been sentenced to 20 months in prison by the Ismail Republic judiciary have now been fined $50,000 each instead, paving the way for their release. » read more

Iranians in exile demonstrate in support of protests in Iran

Several Iranian councils and associations based outside Iran have organized solidarity gatherings to take place today and tomorrow in support of the people’s protests in Iran. » read more

Iran executes another four on drug charges

Four more people were hanged in Iran for drug-related charges, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported today. It did not indicate the time of the executions. » read more

Egypt allows Iranian warships transit Suez Canal

Egypt has agreed to allow two Islamic Republic warships to transit through the Suez Canal.

According to the Middle East News Agency, it has been confirmed that the two warships are not carrying nuclear or chemical weapons. » read more

Iran cuts off opposition leaders from all outside contact

Iranian opposition leader MirHosein Mousavi and his wife Zahra Rahnavard lost their last link to the outside world today when their personal guards were dismissed by the Islamic Republic security forces. » read more

Zamaneh is a free and independent media outlet

Interview with Arjen de Wolff, Director of Radio Zamaneh

Arjen de Wolff is the new director of Radio Zameneh, accepting the position from his predecessor Ruth Kronenburg. Radio Zamaneh sat down with its new director for a conversation. After expressing his appreciation for the tireless efforts of all the journalists who have been active in Zamaneh to this point, Arjen de Wolff emphasized that the biggest challenge facing Zamaneh in the coming months is to become economically self-sufficient, while also expanding its media production by exploiting the potential of citizen journalism and recruiting more citizen journalists. » read more

Hardliner calls for continued house arrest for Iranian opposition leaders

Ayatollah Jannati, the hardline cleric and Friday Mass Imam in Tehran, today advised the judiciary to seal the opposition leaders in their homes. » read more

Detained Iranian webiste directors released

The managing directors of the Fararu and Aftab websites were released today following their arrest Monday by the Iranian authorities. » read more

Iranian oppositon issues another rally call

Iranian opposition groups today called on people to join a rally on February 20 commemorating the seventh day of the passing of the two people killed during the protests of Bahman 25 (February 14). » read more

Iran approves more death sentences

Iranian judiciary has confirmed the execution sentence for Zanyar Moradi, the Kurdish political prisoners accused of murdering the son of Marivon Friday Mass Imam. » read more

Iranian judiciary to stop oppositon leaders statements

The Iranian judiciary today announced it will prevent opposition leaders from issuing statements, forbidding them from taking advantage of the “regime’s tolerance.” » read more

Iran arrests brother of student killed in recent protests

Ghaneh Jaleh, brother of Saleh Jaleh, the man killed during Monday’s mass protests in Tehran, was arrested after giving a telephone interview to foreign media about his brother. » read more

Concern over opposition leaders under house arrest

Iran’s opposition is concerned about the complete news blackout surrounding opposition leader MirHosein Mousavi and his wife Zahra Rahnavard.

Tahavolesabz website reports that since last Tuesday, Mousavi’s home has been under “complete blockade” with all contact severed. » read more

Iran arrests managers of two websites

Iran has arrested the directors and technical managers of two websites, Aftabnews and Fararu.

Jaras opposition website reports both websites have been accused of publishing “falsehoods” about the Bahman 25 (February 14) demonstrations. » read more

Moderate cleric, Hashemi, attacked by Iranian hardliners

Two days after the Bahman 25 (February 14) protests, supporters of Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, were shown on national TV chanting slogans in Qom calling for the death of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani. The moderate cleric is the chairman of Iran’s two major governing bodies, the Assembly of Experts and the Expediency Council. » read more

Government targets family of Iranian opposition leader

Iranian security forces tried last night to arrest Hossein Karroubi, the son of opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi. Saham News reports that 20 people swarmed the home of Hossein Karroubi on Tuesday night. They reportedly broke down the door and began destroying the property. » read more

Government supporters clash with opposition at funeral of Iranian student

The funeral of a student killed in the Febraury 14 protests in Tehran became violent this morning as government supporters clashed with their opponents, according to Iranian state media, which aired images of the clashes today. » read more

Opposition leaders laud Iranian protests

Iran’s two main opposition leaders have each managed to issue brief messages about the protests they had called for on February 14, when hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of major cities in support of recent Arab uprisings. » read more

Iranian judiciary says opposition leaders must stand trial

The Iranian judiciary says the opposition leaders will definitely have to face trial for recent actions that cannot be overlooked. » read more

Two Iranians killed in Monday's protests

Iran announced that one of the people injured in Monday's protests has died bringing the number of people killed in the Febraury 14 protests to two. » read more

Reformist MPs urge Iranian establishment to execise tolerance

The reformist lawmakers of the Iranian parliament are urging the establishment to exercise tolerance and open mindedness in dealing with the “peaceful critics” of the government. » read more

Iran confirms arrest of 1500 protesters

The Iranian judiciary today announced the names of 1,500 people arrested in yesterday’s demonstrations and transferred to Evin Prison, the Human Rights Reporters Committee reports. » read more

Iran says detainees members of dissident group

Several people linked to the exiled opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran were arrested yesterday and their files are being processed, Iranian security forces announced today. » read more

Iranian MPs call for execution of opposition leaders

Iranian lawmakers called for the execution of opposition leaders MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi after tens of thousands of people responded to their rally call with widespread demonstrations in major Iranian cities yesterday. » read more

Iranian opposition reaffirms demand for change

Opposition supporters reportedly persisted in the streets of Tehran until 11 pm on Monday night and in various locations shouts of "Allah-o-Akbar" were heard from rooftops in protest to the hardline government until late hours of the night. » read more

Iranian protests continue after nightfall

Videos from Tehran reveal that protesters have remained in the streets past nightfall, gathering around garbage bins set on fire and chanting anti-government slogans, Zamaneh reports. » read more

Iranian protesters persist in streets of major cities

Iranian protesters continue going to the streets of Tehran trying to gather and gain momentum despite widespread deployment of security forces all across the city and reports of violent confrontations between the people and the riot police. » read more

Iranians brave the streets despite heavy security

Eyewitness reports given to Zamaneh indicate that large buses with drawn curtains are parked around Valiasr Square, a central thoroughfare in Tehran, and security forces are brandishing clubs and batons to intimidate Iranain protesters who have braved the streets despite heavy security deployment all across Tehran. » read more

Turkish president says leaders must heed popular demands

Turkish President Abdollah Gül, speaking today during an official visit to Tehran, said all the countries of the region should heed the demands of their people. » read more

Iranian protesters try to bypass heavy security deployment

Iranian security forces have been deployed throughout Tehran in response to the rally call issued by the opposition leaders MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. » read more

Iranian police put Mousavi and Rahnavard under house arrest

Police have blocked all access to the home of Iranian opposition leader MirHosein Mousavi and his wife Zahra Rahnavard to prevent them from joining the proposed opposition rally today. » read more

The Green Penetration

Mana Neyestani

Iranian student organizations lend support to opposition rally


The Iranian student organization, Advar-e Tahkim-e Vahdat has announced its support of the “leader of the Green Movement” and the Bahman 25 demonstrations slated for Monday. » read more

Iranian opposition renews rally call

Iranian opposition has renewed its call for people to rally on Monday in support of the recent Arab uprisings and “to protest the increasing illegal restrictions” against opposition leaders Mehdi Karroubi and MirHosein Mousavi. » read more

Becareful Icarus!

Mana Neyestani

Security measures stepped up across Iran to stifle portests

Iran has stepped up security measure as the opposition march proposed for February 14 draws near.

Opposition websites report that the government has blocked Google searches of the word “Bahman.”

That’s the name of the current month on the Iranian calendar but it’s also part of the name of the Facebook page launched for the proposed opposition rally: Bahman 25, which corresponds with February 14. » read more

Reformists say only change can guarantee continuity of Islamic Republic

An Iranian reformist group says heeding the popular demands for reform can “save the regime from collapse and degeneration.” » read more

Iran cuts off opposition leader's phones

Iranian authorities stepped up pressure on opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi today, one day after placing him under house arrest, by cutting off all his telephone connections including mobile phones. » read more

Iran's head of Guardian Council flaunts control over elections

Ahmad Jannati, the hardline cleric in charge of Iran’s Guardian Council, announced today that the Council “will not allow unsavoury individuals to attain the smallest position in the country,” regardless of their popularity. » read more

Turkish filmmaker turns down Iranian film award in protest

Turkish filmmaker Semih Kaplanoğlu is turning down an award from Iran’s Fajr International Film Festival to protest the Islamic Republic’s sentencing of Iranian filmmakers Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulov, Iran Balkan website reports. » read more

Finally Freedom

Mana Neyestani

Iran steps up pressure on opposition

Iranian authorities have stepped up pressure on the opposition with more arrests as the February 14 march proposed by opposition leaders draws closer. » read more

Iranian judiciary doubles bail for detained journalist

The $300,000 bail established for detained journalist, Nazanin Khosravani has been increased to $600,000 by the Iranian judiciary.

The Campaign for Human Rights in Iran quotes sources that say Khosravani’s bail was increased because the ministry of intelligence has not approved her release. » read more

Iran's Guardian Council promises healthy elections

Iran’s Guardian Council says it guarantees that parliamentary elections will be held without any possibility of fraud, adding that people who protested the 2009 elections will not be eligible to run for office. » read more

Malekpour's death sentence challenged by Iran's academic community

More than 500 alumni of Sharif University and scores of other Iranian students and academics have issued an open letter protesting the death sentence of Saeed Malekpour, an Iranian web developer accused of setting up “pornographic websites.” » read more

Iranian opposition leader under house arrest

Islamic Republic security forces prevented Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi from receiving his family and visitors at home today, Saham News reported. » read more

Taghi Rahmani, Iranian political activists arrested again

Taghi Rahmani, a senior campaign official for opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, was arrested today, the latest in a long string of arrests. » read more

Iranian opposition movement bolstered by Arab uprisings: Karroubi

Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi has told The New York Times that Iran's Green Movement can only benefit from popular uprisings in the Middle East. “Any kind of event that involves the rise of the people and the fight against dictatorship in the Muslim world and in the Arab world will bolster our movement,” the Times quotes him as saying. » read more

Iranian judiciary says confrontation would turn opposition leaders into "saints"

The head of Iran’s judiciary, Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, says the Iranian opposition leaders have not been arrested, despite their alleged seditous aims, in order to avoid turning them into “saints.” » read more

Iran refuses opposition permission to march in support of Arab uprisings

Iran’s prosecutor general says the opposition’s request to hold a rally on February 14 in support of Arab uprisings is unacceptable because the opposition leaders are trying to create divisions among Iranians. » read more

Rigths group reports 10 more executions in Iran

Iran executed ten more people, including five Afghans, on Monday in Mashhad’s Vakilabad Prison, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reports.

The Campaign says the prisoners were executed on drug charges. Quoting “reliable sources,” the Campaign reports that dozens of prisoners are being "secretly" hanged on drug charges in Iranian prisons. » read more

Iran sentences people for links to Israeli foundation

The prosecutor's office in Shiraz today announced prison sentences for a group of people who "collaborated" with the Born to Freedom Foundation, an organization that offers exorbitant rewards for conclusive information that could lead to the return of Ron Arad and other Israeli soldiers missing in action.

The sentences range from nine months to six years, Jaber Baneshi told ISNA, and a few other sentences are still being processed. He did not identify the accused. » read more

Opposition warns against return to "monarchical relations" in Iran

Iran's opposition leaders today warned of dangerous political trends, saying the Islamic Republic shows signs of "a return to Monarchical relations, this time in the name of religion." » read more

The Conductor

Mana Neyestani

Iran says Dutch statments "irresponsible"

A spokesman for Iran's foreign ministry has accused Dutch authorities of making "irresponsible statements" regarding the case of Zahra Baharami, the Iranian-Dutch woman who was hanged in Iran on January 29 for drug smuggling, after an initial arrest on security charges. » read more

Iranian reform party welcomes February 14 rally

The Iranian reformist organization Islamic Iran Participation Front is urging people to join the February 14 rally in support of the Arab uprisings, so long as the government issues a permit.

Islamic Iran Participation Front welcomed the decision by Iran’s opposition leaders to stage a demonstration in support of the “democracy-seeking uprisings of the region,” calling it a sign of “unity and solidarity of the Iranian people with the people of Tunisia and Egypt,” Norooz website reports. » read more

Iranian opposition launches facebook page for coming rally

A group of Iran's Green Movement supporters has launched the "25Bahman" Facebook page in support of a rally planned for February 14. Bahman 25 is the date in Iranian calendar that coincides with February 14.

Kaleme website reports that ever since opposition leaders MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi officially requested government permission to stage a peaceful demonstration on that date, to show support for recent Arab uprisings, “Green sites have begun exploiting the internet social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to launch the message of the February 14 rally.” » read more

Rotterdam festival rallies support for Iranian filmmaker

The International Rotterdam Film Festival is rallying support for Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof, two Iranian filmmakers who have been sentenced to six years in prison and 20 years ban from filmmaking by the Islamic Republic authorities. » read more

Iran says will block Hormuz waterway if threatened

Iran is prepared to block the Strait of Hormuz in response to international threats against Iranian security, Ali Fadavi, the navy commander for Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, announced today.

Mehr News quotes the commander as saying that the Strait of Hormuz is under the complete control of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps. » read more

Dutch ambassador in Iran recalled to The Hague

The Netherlands has recalled its ambassador to Iran over the execution and burial of Iranian-Dutch citizen Zahra Bahrami. Dutch News quotes a foreign ministry official saying the ambassador will issue a formal protest to Iran’s foreign ministry before returning to The Hague this week. » read more

Iranian opposition says government "fearful" of people's movement

Iranian opposition says if the Islamic Republic refuses to issue them a permit for a pro-Arab rally, it will only be proving its fear of popular movements.

Ardeshir Amirarjmand, an aide to MirHosein Mousavi, told Jaras website that the request for demonstrations “is a test for those who keep saying the Green Movement is dead.” » read more

Iranian opposition wants to rally in support of Arab uprisings

Iranian opposition leaders MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi are seeking government permission to stage a peaceful demonstration to express "solidarity with the people’s movements in the region, especially the freedom movements of the people of Tunisia and Egypt against their oppressive regimes.” » read more

Iranian MP says Ahmadinejad to blame for dismissal of minister

Conservative MP Ali Motahari today said Mahmoud Ahmadinejad himself is to blame for parliament’s recent dismissal of the president’s trusted transport minister. Ever since Hamid Behbahani’s ouster on February 1, parliament and the president have been sniping back and forth over the issue. » read more

Trial for three Americans begins behind closed-doors in Tehran

The trial of the three U.S. nationals charged with “espionage and illegal entry in to Iran” began today in Tehran behind closed doors. The trial comes at a time of tense relations between Tehran and Washington over nuclear negotiations. » read more

Ahmadinejad slammed by Iran's Expediency Council

Iran’s Expediency Council is accusing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of “undermining the system and instigating Iran’s enemies both within and outside the country.” The statement is part of the council’s response to Ahmadinejad’s official letter of complaint, which attacked the council’s chair and the heads of the legislative and judicial branches of the government. » read more

Iranian filmmakers want Panahi charges dropped

The Iranian film community has called upon the judiciary to withdraw the sentence against prominent filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who faces six years in prison and a 20-year ban from filmmaking and traveling abroad. » read more

Ahmadinejad says impeachment "illegal"

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says it was “illegal” for parliament to impeach his minister of transportation, Hamid Behbahani, and he will soon reveal the details to the people. » read more

Detained Iranian blogger refused leave to get surgery

Iranian authorities have refused to let detained Iranian blogger Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki out of jail for urgently needed kidney surgery, HRANA reports.

Ronaghi-Maleki did not suffer from any ailments at the time of his arrest one year ago, according to the Human Rights Activists News Agency, and he developed the serious kidney infection while in prison. » read more

Dutch government calls for investigation of Bahrami torture allegations

Dutch Foreign Minster, Uri Rosenthal assured his parliament today that he will pursue every channel to investigate allegations of torture in the case of Zahra Bahrami.

Rosenthal added that he will do all he can to have Bahrami’s remains returned to her family in the Netherlands.

The Dutch government has already frozen all contact with the Islamic Republic after the 45-year-old Iranian-Dutch citizen was hanged for drug charges, after initially being arrested for security reasons. » read more

Iranian clergy want Khamenei to lead "International Islam"

Clergy across Iran used their Friday sermons to spread the idea of a new “international Islam” to be formed under the leadership of Iran’s ruling Islamic jurist, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Jaras reports that all of the country’s Friday Mass prayer leaders contended that the Arab revolts are directly influenced by “the ideals and slogans of the Islamic Revolution” in Iran. They said the promises made by Islamic Republic leaders over the past thirty years are finally being realized with the export of the Islamic Revolution. » read more

Iran's leader sees "Islamic awakening" in Arab uprising

Iran’s Supreme Leader says the political upheaval in the Middle East is “an Islamic awakening,” and the unrest signals people’s anger that “their leaders have been U.S. puppets.”

Speaking at the Friday Mass Prayers in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei told worshippers that Arab uprisings are “the voice of the Iranian people echoing in Northern Africa” — the Islamic awakening that was always promised following the “triumph of the Islamic Revolution” in Iran. » read more

Check and ...

Mana Neyestani

Iran blocks Yahoo and Reuters as internet speeds fall

Iranian authorities have blocked access to Yahoo News and Reuters.com expanding their usual restrictions on foreign sites. Reuters reports that their site has been blocked since Monday and while there has been no official acknowledgement of the restrictions, an unidentified Iranian official contacted by Reuters told them that the government was looking into the problem in order to remove it. » read more

UN experts want Iran to halt executions

Two UN Special Rapporteurs are requesting permission to visit the country in light of the alarming increase in executions. Christophe Heyns, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and Gabriela Knaul, the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers are echoing the concerns and requests of other UN experts. The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reports that the Special Rapporteurs called on Iran “to immediately declare a moratorium on the death penalty in view of the gravity of the situation and the regular disregard of due process guarantees.” » read more

Iran head of parliament slams US role in Egypt

The Iranian Parliamentary Speaker has denounced U.S. intervention in Egypt and accused it of supporting violent confrontations among Egyptian protesters.

“Of course you want American-style democracy in the region,” Mehr News quoted Ali Larijani as saying. “If you wanted real democracy, you wouldn’t order that the protesters be attacked by camels and horses.” » read more

Iranian judiciary continues attacks on lawyers

Khalil Bahramian, defence attorney to several Iranian political prisoners, was sentenced to 18 months in prison today and also banned from practising law for 10 years. » read more

Good Morning Neighbor!

Mana Neyestani

Jailed student activists summoned by Iranian judiciary

Three jailed student activists were summoned to court Tuesday to face further charges by the Iranian judiciary. Bahareh Hedayat, Majid Tavakoli and Mehdieh Golroo were summoned to branch 28 of the Islamic Revolutionary court to denounce statements attributed to them on websites and to press charges against the publishers of the material, Danehshjoo News reports. » read more

Two more death sentences issued by Iranian judiciary

Two Kurd prisoners, Loghman Moradi and Zanyar Moradi have been sentenced to death by the Iranian judiciary. They are accused of murdering the son of the Friday Mass Imam in Marivan and “enmity against God and corruption of the earth.” » read more

Latest trial for Iranian human rights lawyer postponed

Nasrin Sotoudeh’s trial for not wearing the hijab (head covering) was postponed Tuesday after the detained human rights lawyer complained of insufficient notice. A new court date has been set for February 16. » read more

Iranian opposition leaders speak out against surge in executions

Iranian opposition leaders have condemned the growing number of executions in Iran, while expressing support for the populist movements that are shaking up countries in the Arab world. » read more

Netherlands rebuked for interference in Iran's domestic affairs

The Netherlands’ decision to break diplomatic contact with Iran over the execution of Zahra Bahrami amounts to interference in Iran internal affairs, a foreign ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

Ramin Mehmanparast admitted during a press conference that a number of Western countries have voiced objections to Bahrami’s execution, which was carried out January 29. But he dismissed their view that Iran had acted against  a citizen of the Netherlands. » read more

Ahmadinejad’s transport minister dismissed by parliament

The Iranian parliament dismissed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s transportation minister on Tuesday in response to several fatal plane crashes in the country. Hamid Behbahani was stripped of his office after he failed to attend his impeachment, Iranian media report. » read more